It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Kelli Leanne Morrison, 29, from Ojibways of Onigaming First Nation.
Kelli was born in Fort Frances, Ont. on July 9, 1989 and passed away on Feb. 2, 2019 in Vancouver, B.C.
Kelli will be deeply missed by her parents, Tammy Morrison, Dianne Kelly and Vincent Kelly Sr.; brothers, Vincent Jr. (Jenny), Clayton Kelly (Bonnie), Quinton Tom, and Isaiah Collins; and sisters, Vanessa Tom (Jamie), Summer Jim, and Kayla Morrison (Steve).
She also is survived by her nephews, Shane Kelly (Latisha), Seth Kelly, Jonathan Thompkins, Vincent Kelly III, Carter Herbert, Zaiden Herbert, and Quillan Bob; great-nephew, Levi Crow; nieces, Amber Thompkins (Evan), Treasure Thompkins, Clair Kelly, and Audrina Copenace; as well her special friend, Craig Lavand, and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Kelli is predeceased by her grandparents, Norman & Victoria Andy of Big Grassy First Nation and Edward and Dorothy Kelly of Onigaming; aunties, Isabelle Andy and Serena Andy; and uncles, Edward Kelly Jr. and Roland Shebagegit.
Kelli was pursuing her dreams and education in health and nutrition in Vancouver. She loved travelling, cooking, being outdoors, exploring, learning new things, going out with friends, and spending time with family.
She always was determined to have a good time and make every day enjoyable, and she encouraged everyone endlessly. Kelli notoriously was known as being charismatic, loving, hilarious, witty, charming, adventurous, bold, free-spirited, optimistic, forgiving, full of life, supportive, and encouraging. Kelli was very captivating; the list seems endless.
Kelli was raised to be strong Anishinaabeikwe. She grew up to develop a strong connection with everyone within her community. Kelli was very proud to be a member of Onigaming.
The presence of Kelli lives on in many surrounding areas, provinces, and states. She was deeply loved, is missed, and will always and forever be cherished. Kelli, our “Kye & Kali” as she liked to be called, was an amazing daughter, sister, aunt, niece, friend, and cook like no other.
Wake services will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019, with the funeral to begin at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019 at the Mikinaak Gymnasium in Ojibways of Onigaming First Nation.
Traditional services will be officiated by Ron Mandamin.
The pallbearers will be Jonathan Thompkins, Edmund Allan, Jamie Kelly, Trevor Copenace, Shawn Kelly, Miles Kelly, Makwa Copenace, and Craig Lavand.
The honorary pallbearers will be Kelli's lifelong sister-friends, Sarah Copenace, Megan Bob, Kamryn Copenace, Erin Bob, Margaret Copenace, Nicole Arch, Kimberly Kelly, Donna Anderson, Ashley Kelly, and Miranda Kelly, including many others.
Online condolences may be offered at www.greenfuneralhomefortfrances.com