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Name:  Leisha Kelly  

Pen Name: L.A. Kelly


Born: 1963 in Quincy, Illinois


Illinois Connection

Kelly was born in Quincy, Illinois and currently resides in Clayton, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Kelly home-schools her two children and is a youth minister at her family's church.On January 25, 2011, Leisha and her son, Justice, were killed in a traffic accident. The following information came from the Obituary in the Quincy Herald-Whig: '''CLAYTON, Ill.''' -- Leisha A. Kelly, 47, and Justice I. Kelly, 16, both of Clayton, died Tuesday (Jan. 25, 2011) as the result of a traffic accident. Leisha was born July 1, 1963, a daughter of Raymond and Ellen Scheuermann. She married K.J. Kelly on June 23, 1993. He survives. Justice was born Dec. 26, 1994, a son of K.J. and Leisha Scheuermann Kelly. Mrs. Kelly was an accomplished author, penning 11 published novels. She also took great pride in homeschooling her children, and was a full-time mother who cherished the time she spent with her family. Leisha and Justice were members of the Glory Worship Center in Clayton where Leisha was active as a board member, youth leader, worship team member and with children's ministry. She also was privileged to serve the community as a trustee on the Clayton Library Board, an especially happy honor for her because the library was so important to her as she was growing up. Justice just completed a building at the Glory Worship Center as part of his Eagle Scout project and had just achieved his Eagle rank on Jan. 13, 2011, with Camp Point's Troop No. 41. He was very creative and artistic. Survivors include Leisha's husband and Justice's father, K.J. Kelly of Clayton; a daughter and sister, Hosanna Kelly of Clayton; Leisha's mother, Ellen Scheuermann of Camp Point; Leisha's sisters, Sue Drake and Carla (Dan) Steinbeck; Leisha's brothers, Grant (Renate') Scheuermann, Eric (Karen) Scheuermann and Sean (Michelle) Scheuermann; and Leisha's sister-in-law, Myrna Scheuermann. They are also survived by many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. They were preceded in death by Leisha's father and Justice's grandfather, Raymond E. Scheuermann, and Leisha's brother and Justice's uncle, Curtis Scheuermann. '''MEMORIALS''': Glory Worship Center in Clayton. '''ARRANGEMENTS''': Hamilton Funeral Home, Clayton. '''WEBSITE''': [] Condolences may be expressed online at [].

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