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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Leisha Kelly  

Pen Name: L.A. Kelly


Born: 1963 in Quincy, Illinois

Died: January 25, 2011

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Illinois Connection

Kelly was born in Quincy, Illinois and currently resides in Clayton, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Kelly home-schools her two children and is a youth minister at her family's church.On January 25, 2011, Leisha and her son, Justice, were killed in a traffic accident. The following information came from the Obituary in the Quincy Herald-Whig: '''CLAYTON, Ill.''' -- Leisha A. Kelly, 47, and Justice I. Kelly, 16, both of Clayton, died Tuesday (Jan. 25, 2011) as the result of a traffic accident. Leisha was born July 1, 1963, a daughter of Raymond and Ellen Scheuermann. She married K.J. Kelly on June 23, 1993. He survives. Justice was born Dec. 26, 1994, a son of K.J. and Leisha Scheuermann Kelly. Mrs. Kelly was an accomplished author, penning 11 published novels. She also took great pride in homeschooling her children, and was a full-time mother who cherished the time she spent with her family. Leisha and Justice were members of the Glory Worship Center in Clayton where Leisha was active as a board member, youth leader, worship team member and with children's ministry. She also was privileged to serve the community as a trustee on the Clayton Library Board, an especially happy honor for her because the library was so important to her as she was growing up. Justice just completed a building at the Glory Worship Center as part of his Eagle Scout project and had just achieved his Eagle rank on Jan. 13, 2011, with Camp Point's Troop No. 41. He was very creative and artistic. Survivors include Leisha's husband and Justice's father, K.J. Kelly of Clayton; a daughter and sister, Hosanna Kelly of Clayton; Leisha's mother, Ellen Scheuermann of Camp Point; Leisha's sisters, Sue Drake and Carla (Dan) Steinbeck; Leisha's brothers, Grant (Renate') Scheuermann, Eric (Karen) Scheuermann and Sean (Michelle) Scheuermann; and Leisha's sister-in-law, Myrna Scheuermann. They are also survived by many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. They were preceded in death by Leisha's father and Justice's grandfather, Raymond E. Scheuermann, and Leisha's brother and Justice's uncle, Curtis Scheuermann. '''MEMORIALS''': Glory Worship Center in Clayton. '''ARRANGEMENTS''': Hamilton Funeral Home, Clayton. '''WEBSITE''': [] Condolences may be expressed online at [].

Selected Titles At Your Library

Julia's hope /
ISBN: 080075820X. OCLC Number:

F.H. Revell,. Grand Rapids, Mich. :. ©2002.

They needed a home. She needed a family. What they found was a miracle.

Emma's gift :
ISBN: 0800758579. OCLC Number:

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Just days before the Christmas of 1931, a neighbor of the Wortham's, the mother of ten children, dies, and her husband loses the will to live. Julia feels her faith tested by the tragedy, yet as Christmas nears, the grieving families discover an unexpected gift of hope that will shape them all.

Katie's dream :
ISBN: 0800759109. OCLC Number:

Fleming H. Revell,. Grand Rapids, MI :. ©2004.

Samuel Wortham's brother is out of prison and shows up with a young girl named Katie who he claims is Samuel's daughter. As Samuel fights to convice Julia of his faithfulness, the rest of the family struggles to find the truth and decide what to do with Katie.

Rorey's secret /
ISBN: 0786286199. OCLC Number:

Thorndike Press,. Waterville, Me. :. 2006.

In the fall of 1938, two Illinois farming families--the Worthams and the Hammonds--find their faith tested when the Hammonds' farm is threatened by a raging fire.

Rachel's prayer :
ISBN: 0800759869. OCLC Number:

F.H. Revell,. Grand Rapids, MI :. ©2006.

"Nothing has been the same for Samuel and Julia Wortham since the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. All around them young men are enlisting for the service, leaving the safety of the rural community that has sheltered the Wortham family since the Great Depression. Now their own beloved son Robert has gone to fighting for his country, along with three of the Hammond boys. Julia's heart aches for the boys while Robert's girlfriend, Rachel Gray, offers a prayer that changes the lives of all who hear it. Those left behind stuggle to find their place and God's plan amidst the chaos of war. As the letters from Robert and the Hammond boys slow to a stop, can those at home find God's peace?"--Page 4 of cover.

Till morning is nigh :
ISBN: 0800718879. OCLC Number:

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As Christmas approaches in the year 1932, the Wortham and Hammond families discover the power of faith, love, and family when their children's homemade nativity scene takes on a life of its own, bringing comfort and hope.

Sarah's promise :
ISBN: 0800759877. OCLC Number:

Revell,. Grand Rapids, Mich. :. ©2008.

Frank Hammond makes a wintry journey of over two hundred miles to help his brother and look into a job offer he hopes will be the new beginning he is searching for. But all Sarah wants is to make a home as close as possible to the farms where they were raised. Why would Frank even consider moving so far away? As Frank strives to make a new start in a fresh location, he comes face-to-face with his own handicaps and a new-found call of God. At the same time, Sarah struggles for the faith to fulfill her own promise to trust God, and Frank, no matter what the circumstances. With their wedding date approaching, Sarah must come to terms with her doubts and misgivings while Frank finds that a gesture of kindness to strangers has opened a surprising door of renewed hope. Leisha Kelly fans will thrill to see the unfolding love story of Frank and Sarah, a fitting conclusion to the Wortham and Hammond saga.

The house on Malcolm Street :
ISBN: 0800733282. OCLC Number:

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Bestselling author Kelly returns with an inspiring story of a young widow who discovers hope in Illinois in the 1920s.

Tahn :
ISBN: 0800759990. OCLC Number:

Fleming H. Revell,. Grand Rapids, Mich. :. ©2005.

Mercenary Tahn Dorn is ordered to kidnap Lady Netta of the House of Trillet; however, his conscience causes him to struggle between the commands of his master and what he, himself, believes to be right.

Return to Alastair :
ISBN: 0800731166. OCLC Number:

Revell,. Grand Rapids, Mich. :. ©2006.

Featuring strong characters who must face choices and mysteries from their past, this novel tells the tale of an unlikely hero who must learn the power of forgiving others--and forgiving himself--in order to accept the love of a good lady.

The scarlet trefoil :
ISBN: 0800731565. OCLC Number:

Revell,. Grand Rapids, MI :. ©2007.