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Mary Randolph Wilson Kelsey
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Birth: Jun. 16, 1910
Jefferson County
Texas, USA
Death: Dec. 4, 1997
Harris County
Texas, USA

MARY RANDOLPH WILSON KELSEY was born 16 June 1910 in Beaumont, Jefferson County, Texas. Her parents were James Cooke Wilson, Sr. and Mary Bradley Randolph Wilson of Beaumont. She married Mavis Parrott Kelsey, Sr., M.D., of Deport, Lamar County, Texas, on 17 September 1939. Mary died 4 December 1997 in her home in Houston, Texas. She passed into the hands of God after a long and valiant fight against a lengthy illness. Mary Wilson Kelsey attended Beaumont public schools, and Holton Arms School in Washington, D.C.; she received a B.A. degree from Vassar College in 1932 and a M.A. degree in history from George Washington University in 1938. Her education also included several extended periods of study in Europe. Before marriage Mary taught at Holton Arms School, worked for the Book-of-the-Month Club in New York City and had her own radio program ``Women in the News'' in Beaumont. Mary was a deeply devoted wife and mother, greatly beloved by all her extended family. She was an enthusiastic participant in numerous social, civic and religious activities including Cub Scouts when her children were young, the Alter Guild of St. John the Divine Episcopal Church, the Junior League, The Bayou Bend Collection as a docent, the Houston Museum of Fine Arts as trustee, and the Development Council of the Sterling Evans Library at Texas A&M University. She was on the Development Board of the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston where she had served as President and was honored by a professorship of medicine in her name. She was active in the Garden Club of Houston and raised much of the funds for the Texas Medical Center Garden. Her home and garden were shown on garden tours for years. She was the donor to the Nature Conservancy of the Cooke and Mary Wilson Nature Preserve in Beaumont named in memory of her parents. Mary was a warm cheerful person who had a wide circle of friends. She was a world traveler and loved history, literature and art. She was an old fashioned strong believer in family and Christian values. She believed in saving but was very generous. Mary and her husband have given significant collections of books, art, and Americana to Texas A&M University, the U.S. Naval Academy, the Museum of Fine Arts of Houston, the Pepperdine University Heidelberg Campus, the Menil Collection and several other museums and universities. Together they have written and published seven genealogy books, a travel book, memoirs, a guide to the courthouses of Texas and a definitive catalogue of Winslow Homer's graphics. Mary had lived in Houston for the past forty-nine years. A fifth generation Texan, Mary was a member of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Colonial Dames of America in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Mary Kelsey belonged to St. Martin's Episcopal Church. A son, Cooke Wilson Kelsey, died in 1959. In Cooke's memory, Mary established the Cooke Wilson Language Lab at St. John's School. Mary was also preceded in death by her parents, a brother William Waldo Wilson, in 1979 and a sister Fay Randolph Wilson Griffith, in 1995 and Fay's husband James P.S. Griffith in 1996. She is survived by her husband, Mavis Parrott Kelsey, Sr.; three sons, John Wilson Kelsey, married to Karen Ashley Arthur with a daughter Kelly Elizabeth Kelsey; Thomas Randolph Kelsey, married to Margaret Ann Heinzerling with children William Randolph Kelsey, Margaret Heinzerling Kelsey and Mavis Parrott Kelsey III; and Mavis Parrott Kelsey, Jr., married to Winifred Safford Wallace with children Winifred Wallace Kelsey and Cooke Wilson Kelsey; a brother James Cooke Wilson, Jr. and wife Betty Kiley Wilson; a brother-in-law, Dr. John R. Kelsey, Jr. and his wife Margaret Wier Kelsey all of Houston, a sister-in-law Callie Coe Wilson of Beaumont; a sister-in-law Mary Virginia Kelsey Gibbs and her husband Marvin Gibbs of Paris, Texas; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews and her nurses and companions for several years Emelina Cruz and Maria Pena. There will be a memorial service at St. Martin's Episcopal Church, 717 Sage Road, Houston at 11 a.m. on December 8, 1997 officiated by Rev. Larry Gipson and Rev. Peter Thomas. There will be a private burial service attended by the family at the Glenwood Cemetery, 2525 Washington Avenue. Friends may visit at the Kelsey home after the memorial service. Those desiring may make memorial gifts to a charity of their choice, The Garden Club of Houston, Memorial Fund, St. Martin's Episcopal Church, 717 Sage Road, Houston, TX 77056 or the Kelsey-Seybold Foundation for Medical Education and Research at 6624 Fannin Street, Suite 1700, Houston TX 77030-9908.

Published in the Houston Chronicle, 12/5/1997
Family links: 
  James Cooke Wilson (1879 - 1944)
  Mary Randolph Wilson (1883 - 1961)
  Mavis Parrot Kelsey (1912 - 2013)*
  Cooke Wilson Kelsey (1942 - 1959)*
  Mary Randolph Wilson Kelsey (1910 - 1997)
  Fay Wilson Griffith (1912 - 1995)*
  James Cooke Wilson (1920 - 2011)*
*Calculated relationship
Glenwood Cemetery
Harris County
Texas, USA
Plot: Sect M, Lot 006
Created by: Elaine
Record added: Sep 21, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 42204771
Mary Randolph <i>Wilson</i> Kelsey
Added by: Dave & Lee Burns
Mary Randolph <i>Wilson</i> Kelsey
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Mary Randolph <i>Wilson</i> Kelsey
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