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MASSENA – Reva M. (Smoke) Kelley, 67, of Maple Street Road, passed away early Tuesday morning, April 16, 2019 at her home.

Reva was born May 5, 1951 in Massena, the daughter of the late Peter and Rita (Gray) Favreau Smoke. She was a 1969 graduate of Massena High School. On May 24, 1969, she married Edward J. Kelley at the First United Methodist Church in Massena. He predeceased her on August 14, 2003.

Reva worked for a time in the kitchen at Massena Memorial Hospital before moving to Florida in 1980, where she worked at an Arts and Craft Distributor and went to upholstery school. She also worked for a time managing the Indian Village Concession Stand at the Saw Grass Rec Park. In 2001, they moved to Vermont, where she worked at Walmart for a year. Moving to Massena in 2002, she started working the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe Family Support as a Hab Aide at Sweet Flags, where she worked for 10 years. Her great job in her life was raising her sons, especially her “Mickers”. Since the age of 14, she had been sewing and took great pride in it. She also enjoyed crocheting, knitting, painting, and doing various different crafts.

Reva is survived by her sons, James Edward and Michael John Kelley, both of Massena; her grandson, Aric J. Kelley; a chosen son, Jesse Blackburn of Vermont; a chosen daughter, Louise McComber of Akwesasne; her sister, Marty Bush of Akwesasne; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

In addition to her parents and her husband, she was predeceased by a brother, Peter Smoke, Jr. on January 11, 1981.

At her request, there will be no services. Arrangements are with the Donaldson Funeral Home, Massena, where memories and condolences may be shared online at

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her memory to the Sweet Flag Estates Recreational Fund.


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