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Katie Anne Kelly, age 41, of Grand Rapids, Michigan, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, November 27, 2021.  She was born March 23, 1980, in Lansing, MI to Kevin and Cindy (Tishrock) Kelly.  Katie graduated from Okemos High School with the class of 1999.  She attended Western Michigan University and later Douglas J Cosmetology School in East Lansing.  Katie then moved to the Grand Rapids area where she had and raised her son, Liam who was the pride and joy of her life.

Survivors include her son, Liam Henrickson; mother, Cindy (Steven Southworth) Kelly; father, Kevin (Dr. Anne) Kelly; siblings, Brendan (Guanzi Shen) Kelly, Ryan (Gecilia) Kelly, and Meghan Kelly; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Roger and Jane Tishrock; paternal grandparents, Howard and Barbara Kelly; and great-grandmother, Phyllis Tishrock.

Memorial service details will be posted when they become available.

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Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids, 616-452-3006.


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  1. Carey Noel on December 8, 2021 at 9:40 pm

    My sincere condolences to your family and all who loved Katie.

    Katie is such a strong presence in my high school memories. She was a natural leader of our group, with a fierce passion for her friends and those she loved. Her presence filled any room– which is why so many were drawn to her. I admired her strength and unwavering dedication to standing up for her opinions and what she believed in. Sometimes that meant we disagreed! But even in those cases, I remember her always putting our friendship first and above it all. Her loyalty and empathy for others was immeasurable. I had my own struggles in high school, and Katie was always there for me to talk about how I was feeling, or to come pick me up in her car and go for a drive to escape whatever was going on

    Her beauty was mesmerizing. She taught me how to properly do my makeup– she curled my hair before school dances. She took care of us all. But in addition to her outward beauty, she had a drive on the inside that also showed me something even more powerful than how we looked. She was the hardest worker– never gave up on something before it was finished. She really established a definition in my mind that I still have to this day of what a driven, hard working woman is like.

    I remember her blue car, and us all piling into it to drive into Lansing to a Lugnuts game! Hanging out on school half days, cooking dinner together for my Dad, Okemos football games, school dances, spring break in Cancun. She is in all of my best teenage memories and always will be.

  2. Kristen Dubenion-Smith on January 21, 2022 at 7:19 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of Katie’s passing. When I think of my childhood, I think of Katie. We spent countless hours in her garage or mine, making up dances to every Paula Abdul song written. We would get into whatever trouble we could find! She will be sorely missed by so many. Goodnight, my dear friend.

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