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Kellie Rae (Murphy) Connell

April 9, 1968 — May 19, 2022

Kellie Rae (Murphy) Connell, age 54, of Murray, KY, passed away on Thursday, May 19, 2022, at the Anna Mae Owen Residential Hospice House in Murray. She was surrounded by her loving family after a long, difficult, and courageous fight with metastatic melanoma.

Kellie was born April 9, 1968, in Independence, MO. She spent most of her formative years in Hays, KS, where she graduated from Hays High in 1986. She attended the University of Kansas and Missouri State University. Kellie worked for Kraft Foodservice in Salem, MO where she met the love of her life, Jay Connell. They were married in the Harper Chapel United Methodist Church in Osage Beach, MO. Kellie, Jay, and their family moved to Murray in 2000.

Kellie and Jay's love story continued for almost 29 years of marriage and were blessed with two beautiful, strong, and very capable daughters, Madison Mendel (Jason), Atlanta, GA, and Kendra (fiancé Cole Riley), Murray, KY.

Kellie was also survived by her loving parents, Don and Carole Murphy, and her sister and lifelong friend, Kimberly (Murphy) Gomez, of Spring Hill, TN.

Kellie loved her life, family, friends, and her God. Kellie was the Executive Administrative Assistant to the President/CEO of Industrial Training Services. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church. She was most proud of being a great wife and mother. Kellie was always first in line to volunteer her time at fund-raisers, carpooling kids to and from sporting events, and providing afterschool child-care for her friends. She was so very proud of the wonderful young women that she and Jay ushered into adulthood. Kellie's life was shortened, but no less full of love, and accomplishments.

A celebration of Kellie's life will be announced at a later date.

The family requests that any donation be made in her memory to the Anna Mae Owen Residential Hospice House, 803 Poplar Street, Murray, KY 42071.

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