|Birth: ||Mar. 17, 1916|
|Death: ||Jun. 17, 1998|
Rayburn Blair Kelly
Anne Katherine Kelly McKnatt Elam
Donna Kay "Donnie" Kelly Youngblood
Rayburn Blair "Ray" Kelly Jr.
Deborah Kelly Bailey Sewart Han
Don, Corey, Laurie, Brenda, Dan, Diane, Mike, Tammy, Andy, Jim, Kelly
Donald, CJ, Wendy, Don, Elizabeth, Anastasia, Aaron, Heather, Billy, Amber, Brandon, Anna, Michelle
Aaron, Alex, Erin
Allie was born at Hatchie, Mississippi. At one time, Hatchie was listed as being in Tippah County. It is no longer listed.
She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was very devoted to her family and loved each of them.. She loved God and was a devoted Christian.
When her grandchildren were little, she would get the older ones for the weekend, the next weekend, she would get the younger ones. They all enjoyed going to grandmother's house. Friday, she would let them stay up late playing with the cousins, Saturday, she would take them to the theaters, then Sunday it was off to church.
I met this wonderful lady in 1981. She was selling her house, moving into a senior home. Her grandson, and I went with other family members to help with loading boxes and furniture in our vehicles taking it to her new place.
She was the sweetest lady, I met in a long time. She and I developed a great relationship. I was over there one day, she was asking about my family and telling me things about hers. I mentioned my dad's parents died before I was born. My mother's dad died, when I was too young to remember him and my only grandmother loved each of us, but had one granddaughter, she really spent the most time with. So, I felt as a child, I really never had grandparents. She looked me in the eyes, and said, "You do now. I am your grandmother, if you want me to be." I thought and said, "Are you kidding me? Of course, I would love to have you for a grandmother." I loved her as much as a grandchild could love a grandparent. She never treated me any different from her own blood. I think, she and I were closer because we talked almost every day by phone and saw each other very often. The other grandchildren had her in their lives and thought she would be around forever. I do not believe that I ever took her for granted. I appreciate having her too much in my life.
Her grandson and I married. She was at the wedding smiling bigger than anyone. She made me the most beautiful afghan with pretty roses in a block square. Twenty five years later, I still have it and think about her each time, I see it. My children have felt warmth many cold nights from the love she put into making it. I have washed it many, many times over the years, and it still looks as if it did when she gave it to me as a wedding gift.
Grandma was very active in her life. She taught dancing to other seniors. She also made Afghans, of course they were not as beautiful as the one she made me. :-) She crocheted baby sweaters, booties, and baby hats. The ladies sold the items to help fund their dances and to buy more yarn.
Grandma was still driving until the very early 90's. She and I would meet for lunch some days. It was so pleasant to sit and listen to her. I thought so much of her opinion, and I asked her advice on many different things.
Grandma Kelly knew pain in her lifetime. Her husband Blair had just left work and fell out on the sidewalk. He was taken to the hospital in a coma. Once there his temp was 110. They packed him in ice and kept him like this for a week. He died from a heat stoke. She went back to school and took nursing, she wanted to be able to take care of her two children still living at home. Ray was sick a lot. She took him to many doctors, one finally found out what was wrong with Ray. He had asthma, and it was a bad case of it. The doctor told her he needed a drier climate. She packed them up and headed to Florida, never looking back or regretting her decision. It did not help, they came back home to be with her family. Ray died as a young teenager. She also lost another daughter, Donnie died unexpectedly. It was a shock to us all.
In 1992, Grandma's health started failing her. She was in and out of the hospital. The doctors did not give her, but a few days to a week to live. She fooled the doctors. I do not believe she was ready to go just yet.
A couple of years later, she had to go live in a nursing home. It broke my heart to see her there. However, we knew it was for the better for her. She needed more care, than she could get living in the senior home.
In 1998, we received a phone call, she was ill and probably would not last through the night.. We went to see her. I had just found my daughter, Wendy two nights before murdered, cremated in the trunk of her car. I had to go see this beautiful kind woman that I had called Grandma for so many years. It about put me over the top to see her in this condition and to look into the eyes of some of the residences and see death. I had to get out of there. I went outside and sat down on the curb to get some fresh air, while her grandson stayed with her til his mother, Anne got there. I am glad I went to tell her how much I love her, but I would not say goodbye. I just could not.
Grandma Kelly died two months and two died after Wendy's funeral. I went to the funeral and my heart thought it was going to break into, losing two people I had loved so much in such a short time.
Grandma, you will always be missed and we will love you always..
Please leave a note and token for our precious Grandma Kelly. She was and still is a special lady to us all. Thanking you from the bottom of my heart.
Memorial Park Cemetery
Created by: Peace, Comfort and Hugs,...
Record added: Dec 25, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 23553612