Joan Ann Kelley-McClelland, age 65, Born November 27th, 1953 in Chicago, Illinois made her transition on Sunday, June 16th, 2019 in Phoenix, AZ.
She graduated from Jones Commercial High School in 1971 where she loved studying various subjects. She had dreams of becoming a dancer and model, so after high school she took a job at the Art Institute of Chicago, where she worked as a receptionist and studied dance in the evenings. Over the years she held multiple positions with several companies, but what she loved doing most was taxes.
Upon her sons coming into their pre-teen years, she decided it was time for a change of scenery and she relocated to Phoenix, AZ in October 1996 and met James McClelland in January 1997, they got married November 2001 where they became a combined family.
She loved being a wife, mother, sister, grandmother and friend. Her best time of the year was the holidays especially Christmas. The decorating, cooking and shopping always made her happy.
She loved her Feng shui, collecting dolls, decorating, shopping and bright colors. She always lit up a room when she walked into it.
She is survived by her husband James McClelland, children Carolyn Kelley, Alan Brown and Anthony Brown as well as her step-children Anthony McClelland and Daphane (Jamie) Reed, her brother Michael Kelley, her nieces Lynette Kelley, Annalaura (Adam) and nephew Paul Kelley, Jr. She has a host of great nieces, great-nephews, grand-children and great- grand-children. Proceeding her in death parents, Willie Kelley and Betty-Ann Kelley, brother Paul Kelley, Sr., step-son Deon McClelland,
Anthony Brown, Alan Brown, Anthony McClelland, Rick Johnson, Bill Cayton, Deon Danzler
Paul Bryant, Roderick Alexander, Kendall Pittman, Gerald McClelland, Cortney McElwee
Carolyn, your mom gave us a wonderful person in you. I know about losing mom and there’s nothing one can say to make it easier. Just know I am thinking about you.
I’m was sadden when I heard the new my dear Sister… May God be pleased with her. My condolences is with you and your family….praying for you all strength during this trying time love you Sis
Joan you will be missed, we were friends for years. I love you so much, but I know God loves you more. Love Marva
To the family , may you find GOD’s comfort at this painful time and trust and believe that each day will get brighter from this point forward .
Although she is gone from here,she’ll never be gone from your heart. Hope that peace and comfort find ita way into your mind during these trying times. My prayers are with you and your siblings. May GOD continue to hold y’all in his arms.
Daughter… U… ur brothers & Mr. McClelland have my deepest condolences… I am yet, liftn U all in prayer, lu♥️, light & hugs… Be blessed… Remember Treasure Lu♥️…
My deepest condolences go out to her husband and her children she truly love y’all I was there last year we laughed and we talked from the old to the past now my sister is gone but she will never be forgotten cuz we have so many memories I love you r i p and the family again my deepest condolence to you stay prayed up as a family
Broken hearted when I heared. You was a beautiful kind loving woman. Glad I had the chance to be blessed with your presence. You will be miss moma Joan🌹…. My family send their condolences
So sorry to hear of your loss. I will keep you in my thoughts as you go through this very rough time.