LAFARGEVILLE, NY — Kelly J. (Brown) Orvis, 61, passed away Monday, March 4, 2019 in her home.
A memorial service will be held 3 p.m. Saturday, March 9, with Pastor David Sheppard officiating at the T.R. Jetty Funeral Home in Clayton. Calling hours will be held from 1 p.m. until the time of service. A Spring burial will be in St. Lawrence Cemetery.
Born Jan. 9, 1958, in Watertown, a daughter of William E. Brown and Joan (House) Brown, she graduated in 1976 from Thousand Islands High School. Additionally, she attended Jefferson Community College pursuing a liberal arts degree. In 1995, she received a diploma for successful completion for a course of study in Interior Decorating from International Correspondence Schools.
On Nov. 3, 1979, she married Kevin L. Orvis at St. John’s Catholic Church in LaFargeville. Their marriage ended in divorce in 2000.
Kelly worked as a librarian for the Town of Orleans for 30 years, until her passing. During that time she moved the library and all of its contents twice, completely rejuvenating its interior design. Additionally she took on duties as the town historian. She took a great deal of pride in her work—-and worked hard. She was incredibly organized and had an eye for detail.
Kelly enjoyed decorating, collecting antiques, painting and writing. She was a free-lance artist and author and in 2005 created a mural which continues to be on display at the Payntor Senior Center in Clayton. She has published her writing works in an anthology through Poets and Writers Ink in Cape Vincent. She was looking forward to retirement to further develop these adventures.
Surviving is her sole daughter Kerry Orvis Hill (Patrick) of Plessis; her mother Joan (House) Brown of Clayton; six grandchildren; a brother, Michael R. (Penny) Brown of Clayton; and a sister, Lynne (Gerald) Spears of Clayton.
Donations can be made in her name to the Orleans Public Library to sustain the love of reading and books in the community.
In lieu of flowers, new or gently loved children’s books will be collected and distributed to students in the community in her honor.
The remainder of a family (Outerbridge) trust fund will be bestowed upon Kingston General Hospital to further neurobiology research.
Condolences can be made at trjetty.com.