Lillian L. “Muggie” Kelly, 91, Theresa

THERESA, NY — Lillian L. “Muggie” Kelly, 91, of State Route 37, Theresa, passed away, Friday afternoon, April 24, 2020, at Samaritan Medical Center, Watertown,where she had been for the past month.

Born Dec. 24, 1928, in Chaumont, NY, a daughter of Louis K. and Catherine L. Hammond Ludlow, she attended Chaumont schools.

Lillian married Lauris G. Kelly on Dec. 6, 1962, in Theresa, NY, with Judge Leo LaVasseur, officiating. The couple lived on Route 37 all of their married life. Mr. Kelly passed away October 12, 2006.

She was manager of the Soda Fountain for Kinney Drugs, Watertown, NY, for a time, and owner and operator of the White Birch Diner, Theresa, NY, for many years.

Lillian loved animals and she enjoyed hunting, fishing and being in the outdoors.

Survivors include a sister and three brothers; Dorothy and Robert Graves, Theresa, NY, Kenneth “Herky” Ludlow, Theresa, NY, Edward Ludlow and companion, Dottie Himes, Evans Mills, NY, Sandra and Steve Morris, Theresa, NY, Harold Ludlow and companion, Penny Simons, Hammond, NY; 15 nieces and nephews, David, Jimmy, Brian, Angela, Theresa, Amanda, Wendy, Timmy, Todd, Susan, Diane, Bruce, Tommy, Carol and Johnny.

Her parents, her husband, twin brothers, Leland Ludlow and Louis Ludlow, Jr., and two sisters, Rose Brown and Eileen Beckstead all died previously.

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Arrangements are with Frederick Bros. Funeral Home, Theresa, NY.

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