April 28, 1973 — Aug. 1, 2022
Thursday, August 11, 2022

Carrie Leah (Hinton) Kelly passed away peacefully Aug. 1, 2022, at home with her family after a long, hard fought battle with a rare spinal cancer.

Carrie was born April 28, 1973 to Butch and Darleen (Wills) Hinton in Columbus, Mont.

Carrie lived her entire life where she always said “was the only place she wanted to live — in Absarokee, Mont.”

After graduating from AHS in 1992, she worked several different jobs including daycare, waitressing and prep cook at the local café and several years with Montana Cincha.

Carrie then took on the role of the “everything” worker for the family business (Kelly Excavating) as a bookkeeper, secretary, parts runner, equipment operator, laborer, finance director, gofer and just about anything that needed done all while painting with her mom (Darleen Wills) and being a great wife and mother.

Carrie met her love, Mark Kelly, in 1995 and was married in 1995. They raised two amazing children, Logan and Rebecca, who were her everything and loved more than anything.

Family and friends were the most important things to Carrie, always putting them ahead of herself. She enjoyed anything to do with family and friends from birthdays, weddings, graduations, to just hanging out barbecuing and having a cold drink.

She enjoyed family dinners and playing cards till late in the evening. Carrie loved to bowl. Bowling league for the Chrome Bar with Bev, Ray, Linda and Shorty and later on with Tye and Geneta. Taking in a Sunday afternoon with the kids knocking down some pins.

She also liked camping and riding along with while hunting and fishing with her dad (Butch Hinton), family and friends.

You could always count on Carrie to have some snacks and of course, some candy along. Carrie loved her candy. She also had a great love for playing music. Whether it be at home, in the car or the jukebox at the local watering holes, she always had a great playlist that people enjoyed listening to.

Carrie is survived by her husband Mark Kelly; son Logan Kelly; daughter Rebecca Kelly all of Absarokee; mother Darleen Wills of Absarokee; sister Ivy Ekle (Janine G.) of Columbus; sister Malena (Barry) Alsop of Billings; uncle Sidney (aunt Jody) Wills; aunt Janette Bush; cousins Heather, Crystal (Bobby) Cheff all of Potomac, Mont.; cousin Cereta Wills of Missoula; Lisa (George) Bush of Milltown; aunt Lilian Yates of Columbus; aunt Cathy Wills of Missoula; cousin Scott Anderson of Rockford, Ill.; cousin Tom Harrington of Butte; brother and sister-in-laws Bernard and Detra Kelly of Fishtail, Michelle Kelly of Broadview, Jason Ekle of Columbus and Shane Harmon of Rapelje; many nieces and nephews and cousins that meant the world to her — Blake, Alycia, Cady, Emma, Hanna, Ethan, Kade, Tatum, Leona, J.D., Patrick, Taylor, Brooke, Kelly, Brian, Andre, Marcus, Porter, Nicole, Angie, Elijah, Reiilly, Treasa, Tracy, Carsten and many more cousins and friends to many to be able to name them all.

Carrie is preceded in death by her father Butch Hinton of Absarokee; grandmother Nora Hinton of Absarokee; grandmother Verla Wills of Potomac and uncle Dipper Bush of Potomac; cousin Leanne Harrington of Butte; uncle Wesley Wills of Potomac; uncle Lindy Hinton of Billings; aunt Fern Bertrum of Absarokee; father, mother and brother in-law Wyvil, Marcy and Steve Kelly of Melville, Mont.; grandmother Adele Shea of Strawberry PT, Iowa and her beloved animals Angel, Garfield, Simpson, Paws, Sadie and Daisy which were always close or on her lap.

A memorial service will be held graveside at the Rosebud Cemetery outside of Absarokee, Mont. on Saturday, Aug. 20 at 2 p.m.

Following there will be a Celebration of Life reception at the Kelly Residence right across from the cemetery.

Come share some food and drink along with memories and celebrate having such a wonderful soul that blessed us to be in our lives. WE LOVE YOU CARRIE KELLY.

In lieu of flowers, Carrie and the family ask that all donations go to Kruizin’ 4 Seniors, Inc. PO Box 67, Absarokee, MT 59001. There will also be room for RVs to park at the reception.

Carrie Kelly

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