CARBONDALE - Elizabeth Ann Kelly died at her Bois Blanc Island home Wednesday, July 14, 2010.
She was the daughter of Lois Eleanor Maher and Herbert R. Slusser, formerly of St. Paul, Minn.
Elizabeth met Matthew John Kelly when they were both working in Glacier National Park in Montana. They were married for 52 years. Elizabeth was the beloved mother of four children and cherished grandmother of nine.
In addition to her husband, Elizabeth is survived by her children and grandchildren, Michael J. Kelly and Dawn Boone and their sons, Matthew, Rhys and Logan, of Fort Collins, Colo., Sarah E. Kelly and Brian Zuhse and their daughters, Jacqueline and Nicole, of Boca Raton, Fla., Margaret C. Horn and Timothy and their sons, Tymon and Leo, of Mackinac Island, Mich. and Mark A. Kelly and Kimberly and their daughter, Alexandra, and son, Jordan, of Carbondale; one sister, Margaret Griess of Oak Ridge, Tenn.; one brother, Father Michael Stephen Slusser of St. Paul, Minn.; two sisters-in-law, Shirley Slusser of Grand Rapids, Mich. and Joyce Slusser of Pebble Beach, Calif.; a brother-in-law, Leo Kelly and his wife, Alicia, of St. Paul, Minn.; a sister-in-law, Carol Kelly of Decorah, Iowa; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Preceding her in death were her parents; and two brothers, John Whitney Slusser, formerly of Midland, Mich. and Richard Cowden Slusser, formerly of Pebble Beach, Calif.
Elizabeth was born in Kalamazoo, Mich., moving from there at the age of eight to St. Paul, Minn., where she attended the Covenant of the Visitation School and the College of St. Catherine, graduating Phi Beta Kappa. While raising her family, Elizabeth received her Juris Doctor from Southern Illinois University School of Law and then served as director of its Law Library. In 1984, Elizabeth became director of the Biddle Law Library at the University of Pennsylvania. She retired as professor of law and director in 2001. During her professional life, Elizabeth belonged to and served many organizations and associations.
On Bois Blanc Island, Elizabeth was instrumental in the founding of the Bois Blanc Island Historical Society. Her love of family, nature and history was evident in and around her home on the island and in Oro Valley, Ariz.
A gathering of friends remembered Elizabeth on Sunday, July 18, 2010, at the "Red House" in the Pines, Bois Blanc Island, Mich. Condolences may be sent to her family in care of Matthew Kelly, PO Box 946, Pointe Aux Pins, MI 49775.
Memorials may be made to the following: Southern Illinois University Foundation, 1235 Douglas Drive, Mail Code 4309, Carbondale, IL 62901, with contributions being directed to the SIU Law School; Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania, Law Development and Alumni Relations, University of Pennsylvania Law School, 3400 Chestnut, Philadelphia, PA, 19194; or the Bois Blanc Island Community Founda-tion, PO Box 907, Pointe aux Pins, MI 49775.
A private family burial took place on Mackinac Island, Mich. on July 19, 2010.