Maureen P. Kellett

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June 5, 1961 - June 5, 2021
Born in St. Louis, MO
Resided in Washington, MO

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Maureen Kellett of Washington, MO, passed away at the age of 60 on Saturday, June 5, 2021. Beloved daughter of John and Patricia Kellett. Dearest sister of Karen (Mike) Hoelting. Best Aunt in the world to Amy (Craig) Lackey, Michael Hoelting, and Johnny (Brittney) Hoelting. Wonderful Great Aunt to Alice, Emma, and Baby Nugget Lackey. Dear niece, cousin, and friend.

Maureen received her BSN from the University of Missouri – Columbia, and her MBA from the University of Missouri – St. Louis. She worked for 35 years as a NICU nurse at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, helping to save the lives of countless premature infants. She was well respected as a nurse by her peers and was known especially for her knowledge, her compassion, and her bean dip.

If we are known by the company we keep, then Maureen’s character was stellar because she had the best friends in the world, including, but not limited to MaryAnn, Jim, Dave, Julie, Mary-Grace, Paula, Margaret, Jeanne, Kathie, Martha, and so many others.

Maureen lived to travel. She travelled the world, from Australia to Wales, from Yosemite to Nova Scotia, and all points in between, enjoying every minute.

She loved the Missouri Botanical Garden, Christmas, floating on a raft in Bull Shoals Lake, the St. Louis Cardinals (most of the time), the Tour de France, Golf, Photography, Quilting, and her gardens (but not weeding them). She grew the best flowers in her neighborhood. Above all else, she loved her friends and family.

Maureen fought a valiant battle against cancer with grace and especially humor. She valued quality of life over quantity, and she was always in control of her journey. When recently asked what was on her bucket list, she replied, “Nothing, and that’s evidence of a life fully lived.”

Our lives will never be the same without her, because our lives were so blessed from knowing her.

In lieu of flowers, if desired, the family requests memorials to Evelyn’s House or the Botanical Garden.

Baue Funeral Homes is currently following CDC recommendations regarding mask and social distancing policies.

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  1. Kathleen Knop June 7, 2021 at 12:15 pm - Reply

    Our thoughts and prayers are with Maureen’s family. God must have other plans for Maureen as Heaven gained another angel. Rest in Peace Maureen.
    John and Kathy Knop

  2. F. Sessions Cole, M.D. June 7, 2021 at 12:36 pm - Reply

    Maureen leaves an extraordinary legacy through the many NICU babies and families for whom she cared. She will be missed by all her colleagues but never forgotten.
    F. Sessions Cole, M.D.

  3. Lois Loudill June 7, 2021 at 1:08 pm - Reply

    Mareen was a exceptional individual and nurse she will be greatly missed heaven has received a beautiful angel.

  4. Mary Ann Fuegner June 7, 2021 at 1:24 pm - Reply

    Maureen was one of the best friends a person could have. Loyal always to family and friends. Her wit and knowledge will never be forgotten. She fought a courageous fight but in the end was at peace. She will be missed but remembered always.

    • Johanna Schloemann June 9, 2021 at 7:44 pm - Reply

      My heart felt condolences to Maureen’s family. Maureen was an exceptional nurse and someone you could always depend on in a crisis. Her knowledge and professionalism were just two of her many virtues. When you saw that she was the nurse taking care of your patients you knew that they were in excellent hands. May God bless and keep you safe in his arms.

  5. Paula Brockwell June 7, 2021 at 1:33 pm - Reply

    candle 2Maureen was a great friend and support to me when I was going through my own battle of cancer and chemo. She told me what I could expect and plenty of helpful suggestions! For that I will be forever grateful.
    Maureen will be greatly missed by all that have had the privilege to have known her.
    RIP my friend

    • Judy Millen June 7, 2021 at 7:11 pm - Reply

      Maureen was such a joy to work with. She had a great sense of humor & always ready for fun. Heaven has gained a hero.

  6. Anne C. June 7, 2021 at 2:57 pm - Reply

    Maureen was one of the best nurses I had the pleasure of working with. Getting to spend time with her outside of work was a delight. She loved crafting, as do I. I was blessed to be able to have that time sitting across the “crafting table “ from her and just enjoying her company. Rest In Peace Maureen. Forever loved.

  7. Margaret Aston June 7, 2021 at 3:25 pm - Reply

    My sincere condolences to Maureen’s family at this difficult time. Our friendship started in the NICU but blossomed from there. From our girls days out lasting into the wee hours , Christmas parties lasting into the wee hours, to our shared love of gardening, so many fun memories. She was with me through a lot of difficult times in my life and I will be forever grateful for that. She was truly a caring and loyal friend . You will be truly missed , until we connect again and have another 12 hour gabfest.

  8. Becky Jones June 7, 2021 at 3:36 pm - Reply

    candle 2I remember Maureen working so hard to get her MBA and then realizing that NICU was her true passion. She was an excellent compassionate nurse. She did love her flowers and the rhododendron she gave me for my retirement six years ago is blooming now and as I suspect Maureen is blooming in heaven

  9. Judy Johnston June 7, 2021 at 3:58 pm - Reply

    Maureen was such a kind, caring person and a nurse that every family for whom she cared will never forget. She will always be remembered by her many friends and colleagues at St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

  10. Jamie & Henry Levison June 7, 2021 at 4:04 pm - Reply

    Maureen will always hold a special place in our hearts. The way she cared for our daughter (and us) during our nicu stay was incredible. She was so caring, funny and empathetic. We think of her often and are so very sorry to hear of her passing. It is a great loss to this world. Sending peace and strength to her family and friends. Our deepest condolences.

  11. Mona Hoffmann June 7, 2021 at 4:14 pm - Reply

    Worked with Maureen in the old A room for years and absolutely was in awe of her nursing care and patient advocacy. Loved getting and giving report to her, always sidetracked with great funny stories, updates on her sister’s kids and her always genuinely asking about mine. The world lost a good one and I’m sure going to miss her. My condolences to her family and friends.

  12. Nikki Gaddess June 7, 2021 at 4:29 pm - Reply

    candle 2Maureen was such a mentor to me over the years. She taught me so much, not only about the NICU world, but about life in general. She could always make me laugh even after the worst of shifts. I loved giving her report in the mornings. She always has great stories and genuinely cared for everyone. She would walk in with a smile on her face and flip on all the lights to wake us all up. She will be dearly missed and I am blessed to have known her. Prayers for her family and friends.

  13. Barbara Gavillet June 7, 2021 at 4:30 pm - Reply

    Maureen will be missed by so many of Her colleagues. I loved working with her in the A Room “inside voices”. She taught me so much and had the kindest soul. Sending thoughts and prayers to her friends and family. Heaven definitely got a shining star with a beautiful soul.

  14. Laura Linneman June 7, 2021 at 4:59 pm - Reply

    As a new nurse working in the NICU, Maureen was someone I could always count on for assistance in the most difficult situations.
    I am forever grateful for her calm, kind, and warm demeanor. Loved working alongside one of the BEST!

  15. Jeanne Giebe June 7, 2021 at 7:18 pm - Reply

    candle 7Where can I start? The Cardinals, flowers, popcorn delivered to my door, bean dip, Christmas dinners, spring garden tour at her home (with lunch of course), tomatoes, teaching her to quilt, glass ornaments, birthday cards, lunch in the park with Harley, peaches, living in her home for “18 years”, why did I touch her refrigerator?, scrapbooking, making lists, Blue City Deli, The Muny, The Fox, (I always called her a musical snob), taking her to see RENT, Greek food, Missouri Bakery, going to lunch, Ted Drew’s.
    I know I’m forgetting something, but I will never forget my friend, my nurse colleague, my “roomie”. Miss you forever.

  16. Amit Mathur June 7, 2021 at 8:47 pm - Reply

    candle 4Maureen touched so many lives over the years she worked in the NICU. Not only were many babies and their families chaperoned through some of their most trying times but so were the many nurses, residents, fellows and attendings who she supported-always with her smile! She has left a footprint in the SLCH NICU that will be remembered for a long time.

  17. Akshaya Vachharajani June 7, 2021 at 8:55 pm - Reply

    I knew Maureen as a very good nurse from the old A room in the NICU.
    She was very knowledgeable and kind …well she was doing this thing called nursing for too many years!
    She was loved by everyone.

    One of the M and M of the A room is gone…

    Will miss you Maureen .. May you rest in peace and Thank you for always being a great colleague!

  18. Frannie June 7, 2021 at 9:34 pm - Reply

    Maureen was one of the amazing nurses who took care of our son in the NICU for 7 long months.

    It was her who comforted me when I was overwhelmed, showed me how to take care of my medically fragile child, and brought me joy with her straightforward humor and care.

    She blessed us in many ways and I am very thankful we had those months with her.

    Love, Dalton, Frannie and Uriah

  19. Martha Sellenriek June 7, 2021 at 9:47 pm - Reply

    Pat, Jack, Karen, and the whole family: I have so many things to say. Maureen was the best work sister this girl could ever have had. We met on old evening shift, both new grads from Mizzou. We certainly had different college experiences! She was way smarter than me, and I had the fun experience! We balanced each other so well! From trips to Las Vegas, Carribean cruises, to 12 hour drives to coastal Alabama, we always had a blast! And, there are way too many fun times in the old A room. I sent her flowers last year for nurse’s week, and told her she made me a better nurse. I will think of my dear friend every time I hear of the Tour de France, see Mark McGuire (“my Markie” to her), eat a muffelatta, or shrimp. And a million times more. My heart is broken, but I know she is out of pain now, and that’s all that matters. Hoping sweet memories will help you all, as they will for us. Heaven gained a special soul. May we all live up to her legacy. My best to each of you.

  20. Iris johnson June 8, 2021 at 9:11 am - Reply

    candle 1So sorry for your loss. Prayers to the family.

  21. Edward R Knop June 8, 2021 at 9:26 am - Reply

    Maureen, your journey now has taken you beyond the stars, to God’s place, your place, Heaven.
    Thanks for being my chauffeur on those Memorial Day trips we took as a family. Uncle Ed

  22. Terri Cape June 8, 2021 at 9:28 am - Reply

    candle 1Maureen, what can I say that hasn’t already been said. I will miss you. ( Your favorite statement) “REALLY”

  23. Cynthia June 8, 2021 at 9:47 am - Reply

    What a beautiful tribute. I wish I had known Maureen. May her friends and family be blessed with comfort and peace.

  24. Melissa Chatfield June 8, 2021 at 11:16 am - Reply

    I had the privilege of working with Maureen for many years, most notable being the more recent years in the NICU A-room. I have many reasons to be thankful for the times I was lucky to spend with Maureen, and one of my fur babies is one. I am grateful to Maureen’s sister and her family for taking care of this beautiful stray calico they found wandering outside. They gave her the temporary name of “Hazel.” I decided to adopt her in June 2016 and re-named her Ivy. I love her and want Maureen’s family to know that she is a healthy, intelligent, sometimes feisty and aloof cat who I wouldn’t change one bit. I have many fond memories of Maureen’s infamous non-verbal facial expressions and honest, open communication skills. I am also very humbled by the comment above quoting her response to the “bucket list question.” That took my breath away. She will be missed. Godspeed to her family!

  25. Jagruti Anadkat June 8, 2021 at 11:59 am - Reply

    candle 3I had the privilege of getting to know Maureen as a resident at SLCH. She helped me blossom as a resident, fellow and new attending. She was never without a smile, even in the most stressful of situations. She will be greatly missed but her legacy lives on in so many of us and all of the patients she cared for throughout the years.

    Maureen, may you Rest In Peace and comfort. I will miss you greatly.

  26. Gaila Hendrian June 8, 2021 at 6:54 pm - Reply

    candle 2I am praying for your family for peace and comfort.

    I have two memories that immediatwly came to mind.The first was work related. Many may not know or remember that you and I did a short stentas inteeim managers. I remember when I was approached I immediately said yes, thinking we would work well together. You, on the other hand, took a few days to give an answer. When I asked you about it, you told me you should never answer immediately; you should always think about it and weigh the pros and cons.
    My second memory was when you, Martha, Kerry and I went on a little outing. I won’t mention where we went so as not to embarrass anyone, but we had some wonderful laughs that day.
    You will truly be missed but not forgotten. Until we meet again‐

  27. Kerry Guy June 9, 2021 at 9:56 am - Reply

    candle 2Loving, caring, kind. Just some of the words that come to mind when I think of you, Maureen. I am blessed to have called you my friend and co-worker.

  28. Beth & Michael Maurer June 9, 2021 at 7:55 pm - Reply

    candle 5A beautiful lady with a heart of gold. Heaven is so lucky to have her! She touched so many lives and will continue to do so through the memories she created. Gone too soon, but showering heaven with smiles!

  29. Vicky Morgan June 10, 2021 at 7:34 am - Reply

    I am so sorry to hear about Maureen. She was an amazing lady and even better nurse. Everything that everyone has said is so true.

  30. Denise L Reed June 10, 2021 at 10:11 am - Reply

    candle 7i wish i could have had more time to know Maureen. I loved her laugh and her attitude. Karen and mike know that my prayers are with you and your family.

    • Ava June 10, 2021 at 3:26 pm - Reply

      I’m so sorry to hear about Maureen, she was a wonderful person and a wonderful nurse, she was a good listener, she will be miss , she made the most wonderful bean dip. I’m will be praying for the family. “RIP Maureen”

      Ava Thomas

  31. Nancy Heafner June 10, 2021 at 7:44 pm - Reply

    candle 4A beautiful soul. Rest In Peace

  32. Margie June 14, 2021 at 12:17 pm - Reply

    Maureen, you live on in those you mentored, trained, and encouraged to grow as nurses. What a testiment to a life well lived.
    You will be missed.

  33. Carmelita Woods June 15, 2021 at 3:44 pm - Reply

    candle 1Maureen was a very Pleasant and Exceptional Person to work with !! She will be missed by many just because of her personality alone. Maureen was a Good Person to have known and it was a great Pleasure to have known her as well as working with her. May she rest in peace. Heaven has gain another Angel.
    Love Always

  34. Ava Thomas June 15, 2021 at 3:50 pm - Reply

    candle 3Ava June 10, 2021 at 3:26 pm – Reply
    I’m so sorry to hear about Maureen, she was a wonderful person and a wonderful nurse, she was a good listener, she will be miss , she made the most wonderful bean dip. I’m will be praying for the family. “RIP Maureen”

    Ava Thomas

  35. Lance Peeples June 17, 2021 at 6:08 am - Reply

    I grew up next to Maureen and have many fond memories of a childhood well spent with her and her sister Karen. Later, I worked with her at St. Louis Children’s Hospital where she embodied our mission of “doing what’s right for kids”. I pray she’s resting easy in God’s hands and that God is comforting her family.

    Lance Peeples

  36. Michele Zalmanoff June 18, 2021 at 10:17 am - Reply

    candle 1Maureen always had such a great spirit at work! Loved working with her! A great NICU nurse!

  37. Karen Wickline June 19, 2021 at 4:52 pm - Reply

    candle 1I feel I “grew up” professionally in the NICU starting as a 4th year med student in 1985, then resident, neonatal fellow, attending neonatologist—then I departed to Tampa in 2017. Maureen was always one of my favorite NICU nurses—I totally respected and admired her! She made working in the NICU enjoyable. I miss her dearly and all my friends at SLCH I see here!

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