Skip to content

Francis Mae Kellstrom Passes Away

Francis Mae Kellstrom passed away Sunday April 6, 2008 at the age of 84. She was born sixth into a family of twelve children in Walnut, Iowa on August 22, 1923. She moved with her family to a farm in Alberta, Canada in 1931.

She was a woman of great character, witty with a delightful sense of humor; she was always ready with a funny story or joke. She loved music and loved to sing. She also memorized poetry and enjoyed reading. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends, she enjoyed horses and an occasional trip to Reno.

She had a passion for horses. As a young girl, she had horses in Canada. In the early 1940's, she and her sister Marjorie left Canada for Modesto, CA, where she later met and married Walter Kellstrom. They moved to a ranch in Modesto, Francis realized her dreams of breeding and raising Morgan horses. Her stallion "Dapper Dan'' was nationally recognized. His progeny won awards in shows across the nation. Francis was a highly respected breeder of Morgan horses for over 50 years. She knew each horse she raised by name and personality.

Francis leaves behind her children: Mark KeIIstrom, Noraleen Kellstrom, Matt Kel1strom and Edith Kellstrom; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild; one brother Donald Mikkelson, sisters Ruth Brink, Edith Lake, Marilyn Cochran, Myrna Kinsman and Carol Mikkelson. Proceeded in death by her husband Walter, parents Jim and Mabel Mikkelson, brothers George and Paul Mikkelson, sisters Helen Brink, Marjorie Finley and Stel1a McCarthy. Francis will be greatly missed by her family and many friends. She was loved and admired by all that knew her.

Visitation was held Sunday April 13 at Salas Brothers Funeral Chapel, in Modesto.

As seen in the Modesto Bee .

More Stories

  • Obituary - Dr. Ronald A. Hendricks

    Dr. Ronald A. Hendricks, age 66 of Lenoir City, formerly of Clinton, passed away on Tuesday, December 12, 2017 from complications following a stroke in November. Ronnie had degrees in engineering and dentistry. He was a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Memphis, Memphis State and Cleveland State Community College... Read More
  • Did You Know?

    Our interactive website offers a variety of useful and unique tools for our readers. We aim to help our readers learn to navigate our new website, as well as gain a firm understanding of all the comprehensive features that it offers. Check in weekly with our Did You Know news series, as we show you the ins and outs of Read More
  • ASHA Announces Partnership with US Equestrian in the new USEF Competition Lite Program

    ASHA is pleased to announce the partnership between United States Equestrian Federation (US Equestrian) and ASHA to offer the new USEF Competition Lite category... Read More
  • Schedule Set For 33rd Annual Wisconsin Limited Breeders Stallion Auction

    The 33rd annual Wisconsin Limited Breeders Stallion Service Auction will be held Sunday, January 7, 2018 at the Thunder Bay Restaurant in Milwaukee Wisc. The event begins at 11:00 AM with a buffet brunch followed by the annual meeting at 12:30 PM. The live stallion service auction will begin at 1:00 PM, featuring the nation's top producing stallions... Read More
  • Beamer Helps Rescue Horses from Lilac Fire

    Barbara Beamer joined scores of neighbors, friends, volunteers and community members to help transport and shelter horses and pets displaced in the Lilac Fire which decimated the San Luis Rey Training Center and is still burning in San Diego County. Read More
  • Latest Issue Dec 11 17

    Read More
  • Morgan Weanling Gala 2018

    Plans are underway for the 10th edition of the Morgan Weanling Gala to be held in 2018. In the years since the Morgan Weanling Gala (MWG) was launched, it has become a much-anticipated event each year. The program individually promotes each of the Nominated Stallions on both the MWG Facebook Page and website... Read More
  • Selection Trials at William Woods University

    After impressive showings at the U.S. Saddle Seat World Cup Team Trials, 12 riders were chosen to represent the United States at the 2018 Saddle Seat World Cup. Thirty-two aspiring athletes from 18 states tried out at William Woods University on Saturday... Read More
  • American Saddlebreds to Light Up Kannapolis Parade of Lights This Weekend

    The Carolinas American Saddlebred parade unit will be leading this year’s Kannapolis Parade of Lights Grand Marshal, Mrs. Martha Earnhardt during the event on Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 6 PM at the intersection of Main St. and Dale Earnhardt Blvd in Kannapolis, NC. Read More
  • Plans Underway For New Indiana Spring Classic Horse Show

    April 5-7, 2018 will be the dates for the new Indiana Spring Classic Horse Show. The show will be held at the New Michiana Events Center, located in northeastern Indiana just miles from Hwy 80/90, in Shipshewana, IN... Read More