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Kellogg, Vivian (11/6/1922 - 12/13/2013)

By Jackson Citizen Patriot

Vivian (Kelly) Caroline Kellogg, Of Brooklyn, passed away December 13, 2013 at the Jackson County Medical Care Facility at the age of 91. She was born November 6, 1922 the daughter of Amelia and Klein Kellogg. Vivian was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters, Oveda (Kellogg) Littlebrant-Johnson, Fredia (Kellogg) Dalton, Loretta (Kellogg) Horsch and 3 brothers, Clarence (Kelly), Alfred (Mutt), John (Sparky), and special friend Joan Holland. Vivian is survived by many nieces and nephews and was lovingly cared for by her great nephew Allen (Bobby) Spiess Jr. and adopted nephew Tom Miller. Vivian was a member of American Legion, Wilber-Bartlett Post 315 Brooklyn, Michigan. Vivian was an avid sports player. She played profession baseball for the (AAGPBL) "All American Girls Professional Baseball League," which inspired the making of the movie "A League of Their Own." She joined the Minneapolis Millerettes, in the spring of 1944 and joined the Fort Wayne Daisies in 1945 and played first base until injuries forced her retirement in 1950. She was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1988. She received a personal letter from President Gerald R. Ford for her outstanding record. Vivian returned to the Jackson area at the end of her baseball career, eventually settling in Brooklyn, Michigan. She worked as a dental receptionist, while continuing to participate in sports, such as golf, bowling, tennis and basketball. She was inducted into the Jackson Bowling Hall of Fame on May 17, 1992. Visitation will be Monday, December 16, 2013 from 9 AM - 11 AM at Brooklyn Presbyterian Church with funeral service following. Contributions in her memory are directed to Columbia Golden Eagle Girl Softball Program, Brooklyn American Legion Auxiliary Post 315, or Brooklyn Presbyterian Church. The family would like to thank the Jackson County Medical Care Facility staff for the excellent care they gave Vivian.  

See: http://obits.mlive.com/obituaries/jackson/obituary.aspx?n=vivian-kellogg&pid=168573167

Contributed by: Helen Nordquist
Submitted on: 12/18/2013
Copyright: Jackson Citizen Patriot 12/15/2013

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