Mary Louise Chelf
September 4, 1927 – March 30, 2020
Mary Louise Chelf was born on September 4, 1927, to Clifford D. Taylor and Florence Brown Taylor of Harveyville, Kansas. Mary would remain in Harveyville for the next 18 years, graduating from the local high school and eventually meeting Ken Chelf, the man who would be her partner in life for the next 62 years.
On January 27, 1946, shortly after Ken had returned from serving in World War II, they were married in Topeka, Kansas, which would be their home for the next 12 years. During this time, Ken and Mary had two sons — Steven and Kris. In 1958, the family moved to Omaha, the place Mary would call home for the rest of her life.
Mary loved to travel, and when she and Ken became empty nesters, they set out to see the world. Mary especially loved Norway and New Zealand, but her favorite destination was undoubtedly Kauai. The two made multiple trips to the island and were in the process of planning their next visit when Ken was diagnosed with cancer in 2007.
After Ken’s passing in 2008, Mary remained in the house they had shared, taking care of all the household duties now. Despite the additional burden, the house remained immaculate inside and out. It was only within the past year that Mary finally allowed someone else in to help clean the house.
Mary also continued hosting the family for holiday dinners. She loved Christmastime, and every year her living room would be aglow from the miniature Christmas village and other decorations she set up. In the warmer months, she tended to the multitude of flowers she planted every spring.
A big part of Mary’s life was the fellowship she enjoyed as a member of First Christian Church in Omaha. She treasured the life-long friendships she made there, and she will be missed by those and other friends and family who knew her as the kind, generous and selfless person she was.
Preceded in death by husband, Kenneth. Survived by sons, Steven W. Chelf (Mary Jo) and Kris A. Chelf (Rita); grandchildren; and great grandchildren.
Family FUNERAL SERVICE: Saturday, April 4th, 1pm, at the West Center Chapel. INTERMENT: Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to First Christian Church.
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