Kelly Sue Sitorius, 51, of Mesquite, Nev. and North Platte passed away July 17, 2020 at her home in North Platte.

Kelly was born to Richard E. and Judith M. (Carson) Sitorius on April 2, 1969 in Scottsbluff.

At a young age, she moved with her family to North Platte. She attended school at the ESU 16. After graduation, she was employed by Burger King and Wal-Mart.

At age five, she joined the North Platte Special Olympics and bowled, swam, ran track and field, and played basketball. She loved the friends she encountered during her competitions and brought home many trophies and medals. She was chosen to attend the Special Olympics World Games in Raleigh, N.C. and again in New Haven, Conn. She was also chosen to be a global messenger, which is a leadership role that helps raise awareness about Special Olympics. In 2015 she moved to Mesquite, where she bowled and learned to play bocce ball.

Kelly always crafted an assortment of gifts that she loved to give her family and friends. She loved to watch TV, was an avid Husker and Oregon Duck football fan, played Yahtzee, and loved her self-proclaimed boyfriend Blake Shelton. Her favorite things to do in the desert were to play bunco and go to the casino where she danced to Elvis, played slots, and bingo.

Kelly was a former member of the Holy Spirit Catholic Church and of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Moose Club, and German/American club.

Kelly loved her family and friends and was especially proud of her sisters, brothers-in-law, and nieces. Birthdays were very special to Kelly. She never missed a birthday phone call. Kelly never knew a stranger; smiles and hugs were for all.

Left to cherish her memory are her parents, Dick and Judy Sitorius of Mesquite; sisters, Kristi (Dave) Hengen and Karen (Steve) Swedberg, both of North Platte and Karolyn (Mitch) Fletcher of Maxwell; nieces, Sara (Brandon) Altig, Stevie (Judd) Reed, and Tara (Jordan) Hiatt, all of North Platte, Stephanie Hengen of Omaha, Katie (Taylor) Linegar of Gretna, and Sally Hengen of Albuquerque, N.M.; great nephews, Colten and Carson Altig, Jerek Reed, and Eli Linegar; great niece, Demi Reed; uncles, Tom (Mary) Carson and Mike Sitorius; aunt, Jane Moore; and other family.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Don and Alverna Carson, and Anan and Avis Sitorius; and uncle, Kenny Moore.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 21 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church with Rev. Vidya Sagar Arikotla as celebrant and Rev. Tom Ryan as con-celebrant. Christian Wake Services will be held 7 p.m. on Monday, July 20 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church. Kelly will be laid to rest in the North Platte City Cemetery. Services will be live streamed on Adams & Swanson Facebook. Visitation will be noon–5 p.m. Monday at Adams & Swanson Funeral Home, which is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials are suggested to the Mesquite Desert Stars Special Olympics or to the St. Patrick’s Catholic Schools.