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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • David Kelly Carnahan

  • David Kelly Carnahan passed away quietly Wednesday, July 18 at Fletcher Allen Hospital, Burlington, Vt., surrounded by his family, after a long struggle with lung disease. He was 82.


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  • David Carnahan
    82, Burlington, Vt.
    David Kelly Carnahan passed away quietly Wednesday, July 18 at Fletcher Allen Hospital, Burlington, Vt., surrounded by his family, after a long struggle with lung disease. He was 82.
    He was predeceased by his mother, Gladys Kelly Paul Carnahan, and father, Paul Adelbert Carnahan, of Lansing, Kan.; brother and sister-in law Ellen & William Carnahan and nephew Michael Carnahan. He is survived by his wife, Ansley Newman Carnahan, son James Ansley Carnahan (Caroline Butler) and granddaughter Eliza Sprecher (Patrick Pessi); son Laurence McDonnell Carnahan and grandchildren Jack  Carnahan, Benjamin Carnahan, Ilona Blanchard (Carlos Garza) and Joel Fichman. He is survived also by his brother, John Hillis Carnahan (Mary Faigle), as well as nieces Cathleen Carnahan Nichols (Dr James Nichols), Patricia Carnahan McKenzie (Kevin), Carol Lynette Carnahan, Susan Carnahan Vodrey (William), and Sarah Kelly Carnahan (Al Quintero); and nephew Paul Abram Carnahan (Eve Jacobs-Carnahan); sister-in-law Joan Coon (Jim, deceased), brother-in-law Bunk Robinson (Dian), many cousins and a glorious cohort of grand nieces & grand nephews.
    Born February 28, 1930, David Kelly grew up in Manhattan and Lansing Kan., and Texarkana, TX. He studied art at Texarkana junior college, and served in the US Army in the early 1950's.  He lived and worked as an artist for several years in Denver, Colo., before moving to Santa Fe, N.M., in 1956. There he met Ansley Thomas, recently widowed, with her sons, James & Laurence. Ansley & Kelly were married August 14, 1958. David Kelly continued to paint and, with Ansley, for several years operated Gallery 5, an art gallery & artists supply store in Santa Fe.
    The family moved to New York City in 1961. David Kelly continued to paint and his artwork is in private & public collections. While in New York he worked as a buyer/broker for a furniture store & several office supply companies.  He was an active campaigner for peace and for civil rights for African Americans, gays & lesbians. He was a master crossword puzzler, made a solid Bloody Mary, and for 33 years could be relied on for humorous council from his stoop at 366 E 8th Street in NYC. In 1997 Kelly & Ansley retired to Burlington, Vt.
    David Kelly was a most loving, kind, steady and generous spouse and father to Ansley, James & Laurence for the entirety of his 54 year marriage to Ansley. He was, as well, a dearly beloved grandfather, uncle and friend to all of us who were so blessed to know him and enjoy his affection, wit and passion, and he will be dearly missed.
    The family wishes that remembrances be made in the form of contributions to the non-profit of your choosing. A private memorial service will be held at a later date.
     
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