1933 - 2012

Jean Kelly was born in Epsom, Surrey, the only child of Frank and Gladys Percy. She was taught to ring well over 60 years ago by Frank Oakeshott at Christ Church, Epsom Common while she was still a pupil at Roseberry Girls’ Grammar School. In 1952 she went up to Liverpool University and obtained an Honours Degree in Geography and met her future husband, Alan. Her regular ringing lapsed a little in the 1950s as at that time there was no Liverpool University Society. However, she was able to attend their Golden Jubilee Dinner in 2010.

Jean and Alan were married in 1956 at the church where she had learnt to ring. Once settled in Chalfont St Giles, Buckinghamshire, she resumed her ringing career in earnest and was a regular member of the local band for 40 years before moving to Kirkby Lonsdale in 2000. She also served as a Churchwarden for several years.

Jean was first and foremost a regular, reliable Sunday Service ringer, but she did not neglect other aspects of the Exercise. She held various offices in the Oxford Diocesan Guild, the Lancashire Association and the Ladies’ Guild, of which she was a past President. At different times she represented the Ladies’ Guild and the Lancashire Association on the Central Council.

Between 1969 and 2006 Jean rang a total of 72 peals. She travelled widely with many different groups of friends and rang at over 3,200 towers. These included almost all the overseas towers thanks to regular ringing tours and holidays to the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

Jean was always keen to help learners. She served as a helper on almost every Hereford Course and many others including Sparsholt and Whirlow. She leaves a legacy to ringing in the form of two further generations namely her daughter Anne Pettifor and granddaughter Sarah.


Whittington-in-Lonsdale, Lancs. 1 Jan, 640 PB Doubles: Sarah E Pettifor 1, Alison Brittliff 2, Pat Close 3, Phyllis Pinch 4, Anne E Pettifor (C) 5, D Robert Pettifor 6. Rung in memory of Jean Kelly, regular ringer at this tower. Much loved Mum of 5, mother-in-law of 6 and Granny of 1. First touch of Plain Bob Doubles: 1.

See also peal report on p.208

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