Kelly attended the University of Victoria, publishing in the field of medieval manuscripts and spirituality. Her poetry appeared in various literary journals and anthologies. In September 2008, her first full-length poetry book, I Will Ask For Birds, was published by Sono Nis Press and received glowing reviews. A student of mindfulness practice, Kelly lived her life according to its basic precepts. Her writing reflected her deep connection to nature and the poignant specificity of the physical world. Throughout the years of her illness, Kelly modelled grace, gentleness, and compassion for herself and all those around her. She remained fully engaged in her life, her art, and her poetry up to the very end. She treasured every precious moment with her beloved grandchildren.
Kelly leaves behind her loving son and daughter-in law, John and Alana Turner, and her cherished grandchildren, Nicholas and Maya; her father Harvey Parsons and stepmother Jayne; her brother Darin; Uncle John Hammargren; and numerous other family members and friends. She was very much loved by her fellow writers.
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