May 13, 1928-June 3, 2020
Shirley (Anderson) Kelly grew up in Sparland, IL. She attended Quincy College and later graduated from Columbia College in Chicago. She married Parnell J. Kelly on August 20, 1949, and they lived in the northwest suburbs of Chicago.
After raising nine children, Shirley became an actress and model, and was featured in many industrials, commercials, television shows and films, including Code of Silence and My Best Friend’s Wedding. In the 1980s, Shirley, alongside friend Rosanne Krevitt, co-founded the Spark Awards, an award show celebrating film and television background performers in Chicago. Shirley also served as President of the Chicago chapter of the Screen Actors Guild.
Shirley was preceded in death by a son, Joseph Kelly, a daughter Maureen McCambridge, and a grandson, Shawn Mast. Survivors include her children, Pat Kelly (Larry Holland), Coleen Kelly (Kent) Mast, Rusty (Parnell, Jr.) Kelly, Jim (Leslie) Kelly, Jack Kelly, Kathy (Mike) Barbarone, Mary (Matt) Petrash; 17 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.