Diana Kelley


Diana Kelley, age 61, of Aurora, Missouri, passed away at 2:50 a.m. on Tuesday, May 2, 2017, at her home in Springfield, Missouri, after a long battle with cancer.  She was born May 7, 1955, in Joplin, Missouri, the daughter of Eugene "Poss" Jackson and the late Freda (Allen) Jackson.

Diana was a 1973 graduate of Aurora High School.  She was a beloved wife and mother, homemaker, housekeeper and Wal-Mart Associate until retiring in 2013.  Diana loved spending time with family and friends as well as cooking, traveling and she enjoyed country music.

On August 3, 1973, she married Tim Kelley in Aurora, Missouri.

She will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by her husband of 42 years, Tim, of Springfield; two sons, Chris and Karen Kelley and Jeff Kelley all of Springfield, Missouri; brother Doug Jackson and Rob Sohovich, of Carl Junction, Missouri; sister Annette and Don Messerli of Springfield, Missouri; three grandsons Joshua, Casey and Peyton Weathermon; one granddaughter, Alexis McGhee and one great-granddaughter Arabella McGhee.

Her daughter, Kimberly Lynn Kelley also preceded her in death.

A graveside service under the direction of the Crafton-Cantrell Funeral Home in Aurora will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, May 5, at the Maple Park Cemetery in Aurora.  Visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 4, 2017, in the funeral home chapel.

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice Compassus of Springfield in care of the funeral home.

On line condolences may be shared at this website.



6:00-8:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 4, 2017, at the Crafton-Cantrell Funeral Home.

303 S. Jefferson Ave., Aurora, MO, 65605

  Graveside Service

2:00 p.m. on Friday, May 5, 2017, at the

Maple Park Cemetery, Aurora, MO

  Memorial Donations

Hospice Compassus


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Rob Fulp

Tim and family,
I am very sorry for the loss of Diane's death. I was raised on the same street for many years with the Jackson family. Diane and her family meant so much to my family from Aurora. She was such a kind person to me and soo many others. Such a warm and delightful person. Our prayers to you and the entire Kelly and Jackson family.

The Rob Fulp & family

 Posted May 6, 2017 - 12:46am
Pam and Bruce Jackson

While we not know Diana well, she is a Jackson cousin and will be missed. Freda and Poss were always enjoyable to be around and we miss their company as well. Sincere condolences to her siblings Doug and Annette, and of course her husband, children, and granďs.

 Posted May 5, 2017 - 12:33am
Robert and Jane Jackson (1st Cousin)

Very sorry to hear of your loss. God bless you all

 Posted May 4, 2017 - 11:13am
Gary White

Our prayers and thoughts to Tim, Chris and Karen, Annette and the rest of the family.

 Posted May 4, 2017 - 9:18am
Stephen Tillery

Tim, I'm so sorry for your loss! I pray for God's comfort for you and the family! God Bless you brother!

 Posted May 3, 2017 - 7:33pm
Julie Fairchild

Very sorry to hear of Diana's death, she was such a delightful person. God Bless You all.

 Posted May 3, 2017 - 6:10pm
Jamie Nelson

So sorry to hear about this. Diana was an amazing person and will truly be missed. She played a big role in my childhood and I will never forget those good times, My thoughts are with you during this tough time. Please let me know if I can do anything to help.


 Posted May 3, 2017 - 10:15am

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