Mariam Ganun, 89, mother of Spring Valley woman

Mariam Elaine (Kelley) Ganun, 89, of Rochester died July 27, 2019.

She was born on Feb. 18, 1930, to Leland and Emily (Ford) Kelley, the third of six children, in Lenawee County, Mich. She graduated from Sand Creek High School in Sand Creek, Mich., in 1948 and went to work as a seamstress at Richland Furs in Blissfield, Mich.

She met her future husband, Gerald, through their sisters and went on to marry on Oct. 27, 1951. They settled in rural Blissfield and had three daughters (Gwendolyn, Gail and Gay) and one son (Vail).

In 1969, the couple moved to rural Dover, Minn., where they farmed until 1981. At that time, they moved to rural Rochester, and ran a dairy farm for many years. She spent her life as a homemaker and helper to her husband.

She loved to dance. She and her husband were longtime members of the Whitewater Whirlers Square Dance Club.

She is survived by her husband of nearly 68 years, Gerald Ganun; three daughters, Gwendolyn (Tony) Haddad of Spring Valley, Gail (Jim) Prechel of Stewartville and Gay (Leslie) Scharpen of Eden Prairie, Minn.; 13 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and one sister, Nancy (Kelley) Eardley of Troy, Ohio.

She is preceded in death by one brother, Earl Kelley, three sisters, Venona Kelley Wegner, Ileen Kelley Abling and Carolyn Kelley Gentz; and her son, Vail Ganun.

The funeral service was held on Thursday, Aug. 1, at the Cornerstone Evangelical Free Church in Rochester with the Rev. Bruce Fischer officiating.

The family requests memorials to Seasons Hospice of Rochester, or Cornerstone Evangelical Free Church of Rochester.

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