Former Wayland school bus driver Marcia Kelley dies

Longtime Wayland school bud driver Marcia Ann Kelley, 79, of Ionia, died Saturday, May 7.

She was born on June 30, 1942, to the late LeRoy and Harriet (Riegel) Schmitzer of Grand Rapids. Marcia was married to Gordon Kelley Sr. in 1959.

Marcia was a bus driver for 28 years for Wayland and Kentwood Public Schools. Not sitting still, she then spent her retirement volunteering and spending time with her husband doing various projects and traveling.

She was preceded in death by her sister Mary Jane and survived by her sister Sandra Rebel (Louisville, KY).

She is survived by her husband Gordon Sr. and her children Gordon Jr. (Susan) of Ionia, Donna Ashlock of Whitewright, TX, Kathy Davis of Mesquite, TX, Annette Finkbeiner (Larry) of Caledonia, Daniel (Joan) of Suffolk, VA, and Shawn (Carmen) of Sherman, TX. She also is survived by 17 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

A visitation will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 13, and service at noon at the Roth-Gerst Chapel, 305 N. Hudson St., Lowell. After the service there will be a luncheon at the Lowell United Methodist Church, 621 E. Main St.

The family requests that people make donations in support of Ionia Area Hospice, PO Box 124, Ionia, MI 48846, in lieu of sending flowers.

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