Kathryn Eileen Kelly Ries Feb. 26, 1949 — May 9, 2017


Kathryn Eileen Kelly Ries Feb. 26, 1949 — May 9, 2017


Katy Ries

On Feb. 26, 1949, Thomas R. and Rosemary (Marron) Kelly welcomed their daughter, Kathryn Eileen, to the family. She attended Immaculate Conception Grade School in Wolf Point. At the age of 11, her family moved to Billings, where Kathryn attended Catholic school and graduated from Billings Central Catholic High School in 1967. As a non-traditional student, she earned her BS in accounting from Montana State University Billings in 1996.

Her first years of work were not particularly kind to her. It seemed wherever she worked was either incorporated into a larger company or her position relocated. Kathryn’s last 14 years of employment were with Diversified Transfer and Storage, working with driver payroll. Approximately a year ago, she retired.

On May 9, 2017, Kathryn passed peacefully at St. Vincent Healthcare, with her loved ones at her side. Her family extends their deep gratitude to Dr. Frederick Kahn for his efforts to provide excellent care and serve as an advocate for Kathryn in her fight against idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

She was preceded in death by her father and mother, Thomas R. and Rosemary Kelly; and sister Jeanne Austin.

Kathryn is survived by her husband of 30 years, Jerome Ries; stepdaughters Jennifer (Paul McCarter) Ries and Katherine (Erik Arminger) Ries; and step-granddaughter Jillian; siblings Carol Holy, Thomas F. (Jo) Kelly, Terry (Rosemarie) Kelly, Peggy (Lew) Ward and Patrick Kelly; and many beloved cousins, nieces and nephews.

A vigil will be at 7 p.m. Monday ,May 15, Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary, 1001 Alderson Ave. Funeral mass is at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 16, at St. Pius X, 717 18th St. W. Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery. Memorial gifts may be made to MSU Billings Foundation to support the Yellowstone Science and Allied Health Building.

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2 thoughts on “Kathryn Eileen Kelly Ries Feb. 26, 1949 — May 9, 2017”

  1. Im just so sorry Katy has passed. She was such a presence in all our lives. Always there, at every event, at every celebration Katy was there. What I remember the most about Katy was how soft spoken she was. Quietly watching and always there. Jerome Im so sorry for your loss, please know how loved Katy is. Im sorry I cant be there to celebrate her life with all of you but my thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    All my love

  2. Bernadette (Ries) Lahr

    I am so sorry to hear that you have suffered the loss of your wife and friend Katy. I hope that you will take care of yourself and reach out to those who can help and comfort you. I am sorry that I didn’t know Katy better, but know that I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers and in my heart.
    Love, your cousin, Berni

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