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Virginia Lael (Bannon) Kelsey

August 17, 1924 — November 23, 2022

New Market

Virginia Lael (Bannon) Kelsey, age 98 of New Market, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, November 23, 2022 at Ben Hur Nursing & Rehabilitation. She was born in Parkersburg on August 17, 1924 to the late Eldo & Helen W. (Monroe) Bannon.

Virginia graduated from New Market High School in 1942 and on July 26, 1942 she married Norris L. Kelsey, who preceded her in death on March 11, 2014. She was a loving mother and homemaker and throughout the years was a clerk at Powers Grocery Store and owned the flower shop in New Market. She was a faithful member of New Market Baptist Church.

She is survived by two daughters, Nancy Powers of Crawfordsville and Rita Pinkerton of Plainfield; four grandchildren, Chris (Sherry) Norman, Tim (Stephanie) Norman, Joe (Melissa) Powers, and Jami (Tim) Dugger; eleven great grandchildren, Eric Meagher, Elizabeth Meagher, Misty (Kyle) Bowers, Justin Dugger, Kelsey Dugger, J.D. Norman, Kylee Norman, Will (Samantha) Norman, Caleb (Biz) Norman, Brayden Esparza and Devin Esparza; and three great-great grandchildren, Emma Bowers, Jackson Geralds, and Bellamy Norman.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Norris; a brother, Max Bannon; a daughter, Janet Norman; a granddaughter, Cindy Meagher; and three son-in-laws, Dean, Ed and Frank.

Visitation will be at Sanders Priebe Funeral Care, 315 S Washington St in Crawfordsville on Friday, December 2, 2022 from 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm. The funeral service will be at the funeral home on Saturday, December 3, 2022 at 1:00pm with Pastor Todd Randles officiating. The service will be live-streamed and recorded which can be viewed on her obituary page at Burial will follow at Oak Hill North Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to New Market Baptist Church, PO Box 87, New Market, IN 47965. Share memories and condolences online at

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