|Birth: ||Oct. 4, 1920|
|Death: ||Apr. 20, 2008|
Edith Shawn Kelley, 87, left her earthly life for her eternal one Sunday, April 20, 2008. Mrs. Kelley had suffered a stroke this week after teaching Sunday school at her beloved Richland Hills Baptist Church only the Sunday before. Her husband and three children were with her as she slipped peacefully from earth.
Funeral: 10 a.m. Thursday at Richland Hills Baptist Church. Entombment: Greenwood Mausoleum. Visitation: 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at Greenwood Funeral Home, with additional visitation before the service at the church.
Mrs. Kelley was born in Boonesville on Oct. 4, 1920, to Mary Francis "Fannie" and Sanford Arthur Shawn. She was the youngest of four daughters, Belva, Polly, Mildred and Edith. She was there for the start of Tarrant County Junior College, now TCC. She worked as secretary to two campus administrators and retired after 25 years with TCC as executive assistant to the chancellor, Joe B. Rushing, at that time. She still has dear friends in her TCC "family."
She was a 50-plus-year member of Richland Hills Baptist Church and had taught a women's Sunday school class there for more than 40 years. She had been active in PTA as her children were growing up. She was a Blue Bird and Cub Scout leader. She was a member and president of the Opti-Mrs. Club of Fort Worth and also a 50-year-plus member of OES.
She met her future husband when she was a softball pitcher and he was the umpire. It was love at first sight, and they married when she was 17 years old. She always told her children that was far too young. She worked as a legal secretary and followed him in his training at various air bases. She eagerly awaited his return from World War II.
She was a devoted wife for 69 years to C.F. Kelley, mayor of Richland Hills for 10 years. Sept. 4 would have been their 70th anniversary. She was a loving mother who put her children's interests above her own. She was a "giver" to all who needed her help, love or ear. Many called her "Mom." Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren knew her as "Meema," and she treasured them.
Perhaps her most excellent description is "friend"; fortunate is the person who was Edith Kelley's friend. Wise beyond earthly knowledge, she counseled, consoled, encouraged and prayed for countless individuals. A dear friend characterized the couple, who were seldom apart, as "lifetime givers."
Survivors: Her life is remembered and celebrated by her husband, C.F. Kelley; daughter, Nancy Kelley Amos and husband, Charley; sons, David Kelley and wife, Carol, and Michael Kelley and wife, Judy; sister, Mildred Piper; 11 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; nephews and nieces; her church family; and the greater Richland Hills community.
Published in the Star-Telegram on 4/22/2008.
C F Kelley (1919 - 2012)*
Greenwood Memorial Park and Mausoleum
Created by: Tim Hawkins
Record added: Apr 22, 2008
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