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KELLY, Charlotte Ragatz

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KELLY, Charlotte Ragatz. (Dubuque, IA, Sept. 9, 1921--Dubuque, IA, July 10, 2011). "Woman of the Year," 1970. Charlotte graduated from CLARKE COLLEGE at the age of nineteen with a major in nutrition and minors in science and education. She was licensed as a dietitian—state of Iowa. She was married to Major General Francis J. KELLY (deceased) on August 22, 1942. Their daughter was Barbara K. SMELTZER.

Together Charlotte and her husband owned and operated KELLY'S ECONOMY MAIL SERVICE for thirty-five years. She also served as the Supervisor of the National Youth Administration Program, faculty and staff member of Clarke College from 1946 to 1951 and Mercy Hospital School of Nursing (1946-1951), and was a consulting dietitian at Bethany Home 1977-1991.

Charlotte served six years as a commission member of the Judicial Nominating Commission for District 1A, was a member of the Dubuque City Housing Commission for sixteen years with three terms as chairperson, and served on the Dubuque City Housing Code Board of Appeals. She was the liaison between Community and National Guard during Desert Storm and served eight years on the R.S.V.P. Board of Directors, fourteen years on the Board of Directors of Scenic Valley Agency on Aging, and was on the Board of Directors of BETHANY HOME. Charlotte had been the secretary of the Dubuque City Rehabilitation Commission and the DUBUQUE COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY, chairperson of the Dubuque County Crippled Children Association, and held membership on the Clarke College Development Board.

Kelly served the interests of the Republican Party in Dubuque County for over twenty-eight years as a precinct committee chairperson. She held leadership roles in the campaigns of Governor Robert D. Ray, Joan Lipsky, and Theodore Richards ELLSWORTH. She was secretary and first vice-president of the LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS.

In October 1970, Kelly was chosen 'Woman of the Year" by the Dubuque Business and Professional Women's Club. She was also one of three queens chosen for the Bi-Centennial Dubuque Celebration. Charlotte received the Governor’s Award for Volunteerism in 1992, Outstanding Service Award from the City of Dubuque in 1978, Community Support Award from the Iowa National Guard in 1999, and was awarded the Commander’s Award for Public Service with Medal and Ribbon by the Department of the Amy in 1999. She served in various capacities for many political campaigns for over 40 years. Charlotte was a member of Julien Chapter #125 Order of the Eastern Star, American Legion Auxiliary Unit #6, and Bethany Home VSO.



Obituary, Telegraph Herald, July 12, 2011