In memory: Angel Kelley

Angel Kelley, of Fort Collins,  passed away on the evening of May 4, at Poudre Valley Hospital. She was 55.

Born to Alberto Garza and Dorothy Helen in Missouri, 1965, Angel spent the majority of her adult life on the Front Range of northern Colorado. There, she married Kurt Yelek, and they had their first son. After moving to Apple Valley in southern California and having their second son, the family soon returned to the Colorado Front Range where they remained.

Angel loved art, history, classic cinema, theater and museum trips with her sons, Tito’s vodka, drives to Horsetooth Reservoir, nights out in Denver, live music, the Beatles, vintage Barbies, crafting, fresh flowers, card games at the kitchen table (often accusing her youngest son of inventing new rules), and stovetop popcorn with M&M’s.

Angel’s real passion was photography; she had a camera with her, always. Wonderfully talented, she loved helping document the birthdays, concerts, and weddings of friends and family. She especially loved to document the events of day-to-day life, where she frequently recognized the beauty in the ordinary. Her photographs help us recognize this beauty, too.

Angel is survived by her two sons, Hans and Shane Yelek; mother Dorothy Helen; sister Madonna Sue Kelley; nephew Michael Snyder; aunt Rosemary Tenvorde; and a host of other family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Susan A. (Keim) Tenvorde Foley, grandfather John Tenvorde, and twin cousins David Mark and John Joel Bowers.

Angel worked at Colorado State University in Sponsored Programs.

A memorial to celebrate Angel’s life will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 19, at the Revive Church, 4608 Rist Canyon Road, LaPorte, 80535.