Marion Ewer Kelly

Posted: Friday, October 04, 2002

Juneau resident and longtime Pelican resident Marion Ewer Kelly died Oct. 1, 2002, in Juneau.

She was born Aug. 6, 1912, in Philadelphia, Pa. She moved to Juneau in 1949 and operated the Royal Cafe. In 1952 she and her husband Les Funk purchased the Pelican Bar & Grill and ran the bar for 44 years. She gained fame with the fishing fleet for her steaks, house dressing and sweet personality, the family said.

Through the years she was a mother to many. Having no children of her own she played "grandma" to all the children of Pelican, buying them Christmas gifts and dressing up for Halloween to pass out candy. She celebrated her 90th birthday in August at Wildflower Court, where she had lived since October 2001. Close friends flew to Juneau to help her celebrate the occasion.

She was preceded in death by her first husband Les Funk, second husband John "Dog" Kelly, parents, siblings and many friends.

She was cremated and her ashes will return to Pelican, where they will be scattered to fulfill her wishes. A memorial service will be held in Pelican at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, at the Community Hall, with a potluck to follow.

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