|Birth: ||May 15, 1875|
|Death: ||May 25, 1908|
West Virginia, USA
FUNERAL OF MRS. P. J. KELLEY (Bluefield, WV Newspaper May 1908)
The funeral of Mrs. P. J. Kelley took place at 10 o'clock this morning at the Church of the Sacred Heart, conducted by Rev. E. Olivier, and interment was made at Walnut Grove cemetery. The United Daughters of the Confederacy attended the funeral at the church in a body. The attendance at the funeral was probably the largest in the history of the city and embraced people in all walks of life. Mrs. Kelley was always engaged in charitable works and the poor of the city loved her with a great devotion. In her death the poor have lost a friend. The sick at the hospitals will miss the flowers she was accustomed to send. Her love of flowers amounted almost to a passion, and if the dead can see and know what is going on here after they pass to the spirit world, the handsome floral tributes must have been gratifying to her. There were a score of carriages and vehicles in the procession and the electric cars were crowded with the throng who went to the cemetery to pay their last tribute to the memory of their friend and neighbor.
The funeral arrangements for Mrs. P. J. Kelley, daughter of Captain and Mrs. D. B. Baldwin, were held yesterday morning at 10 o'clock at the Church of the Sacred Heart. The services were conducted by Rev. Father Olivier and the impressive requiem mass or mass for the dead was solemnized and beautiful sacred hymns were sung by a special choir. Fully one-third of the deceased's friends were unable to gain admittance to the church and the funeral procession to Maple Park cemetery was the largest that ever paid the last respects to one of the city's beloved women. Many very beautiful and handsome floral tributes were contributed by the deceased's relatives and friends.
DEATH OF MRS P. J. KELLEY SHOCKS ENTIRE CITY (Good Friend of the Poor Passes to Her Reward After Illness of Only One Week.)
Mrs. P. J. Kelley, after an illness of just one week, quietly passed away yesterday morning at 2:25 o'clock at her home on Wyoming Street. The news of her death came as a shock to the entire city, for no more popular nor more beloved woman was there in Bluefield than Mrs. Kelley. A few days after she was taken sick, her condition became critical owing to a complication of diseases setting in and the end came before specialists coming from Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington could arrive. (Note from Granddaughter, Marcia A. Kelley: This gives some indication of how caring and financially capable her family was - doctors had been called by way of "Western Union" (not phones) and they had to travel by train.)
Mrs. Kelley's happiness was in making her home an ideal one. Those who knew her most intimately speak of her as a most devoted wife, mother, daughter and sister. In the matter of charity, she recognized neither creed, nor color. None of her relatives or closest acquaintances knew to the full extent the almost unbounded generosity of her heart, and many of her deeds of charity and works of kindness among the poor are unrecorded save in the writing of angels in the world beyond this earth whither she has gone. Unassuming, sweet and cheering in the home of the lowly as well as in the hearts of those she loved most dearly, Mrs. Kelley's place in the community will not be an easy one to fill.
Mrs. Kelley was before her marriage, Levicia Virginia Baldwin, third daughter of Capt. Denison B. Baldwin, oldest resident of the city, and Mrs. Sallie Barnes Baldwin. On both her father's and her mother's side she was connected with the grand old aristocratic families of Virginia that played such an important part in the early history of that immortal commonwealth. She was born on May 15, 1875 in Tazewell, then the home of Capt. and Mrs. Denison Butler Baldwin. She came to Bluefield with her parents in 1888 and has since resided in this city. On May 31, 1899, she was received into the Catholic church by Rev. Father Olivier. On Jun 15, 1899, she was married to Patrick J. Kelley and to their union three children were born, two sons and one daughter.
The deceased is survived by her father and mother, Capt. and Mrs. D. B. Baldwin; her husband, P. J. Kelley; three children, Helen, William Denison and Patrick Ward Kelley, aged 8, 5 and 2 years respectively; four brothers, William G. Baldwin of Roanoke, D. O. Baldwin of Bluefield, R. M. Baldwin of Raleigh, N. C. and A. H. Baldwin of Portsmouth, Va; three sisters, Mrs. W. J. Jenks, Mrs. C. G. Duy and Miss Bettie Lyde Baldwin all of Bluefield. The death of Mrs. Kelley is the second to occur in the immediate family , the first being that of her brother, J. M. Baldwin in 1903.
Mrs. Kelley will be missed by many who have been ministered to by her when in sickness and trouble and by those who by her beneficent acts of charity have had the need removed and those whom her kindness cheered.
Among the relatives who have arrived to attend the funeral are Robert M. Baldwin and daughter, Louise, and son, Frank of Raleigh, NC; A. H. Baldwin of Savannah, Ga; Mr. and Mrs. William D. Baldwin of Roanoke; Capt. and Mrs. W. T. Baldwin and son, W. T. Baldwin, Jr. of Radford; John Copenhaver of Johnson City, TN; Elizabeth Barnes, wife of the late Robert Barnes; Mrs. Nellie Barnes; Mrs. Peggie Barnes, wife of John Barnes, Sr; Ora Daily, Barbara Moss; A. J. Copenhaver; Elizabeth Copenhaver and Joseph Barnes.
Denison Butler Baldwin (1832 - 1916)
Sallie Ward Barns Baldwin (1836 - 1919)
Patrick J. Kelley (1865 - 1944)*
Helen Kelley Stacy (1900 - 1988)*
William Denison Kelley (1901 - 1987)*
Patrick John Kelley (1905 - 1963)*
Robert Moore Baldwin (1866 - 1946)*
Amanda Kyle Baldwin Duy (1873 - 1956)*
Levicia Virginia Baldwin Kelley (1875 - 1908)
Albert Haller Baldwin (1877 - 1926)*
Ginger B. Kelley
May 15, 1875
May 25, 1908
Maple Park Cemetery
West Virginia, USA
Created by: Bridget Kelley-Dearing
Record added: May 21, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 14354604