Corinne Miriam Kelly Calder
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Corinne Miriam Kelly Calder, loving mother, grandmother and friend, went to be with her Lord and Savior on January 18, 2014. She was born July 27, 1934 in Shreveport, Louisiana, the eldest daughter of Corinne Roy and Francis Stephen Kelly, Jr. She spent her childhood in Shreveport, where she graduated from C.E. Byrd High School in 1952. While in Shreveport, Corinne made her debut with the Demoiselle Club and was a founding member of the Candy Stripers at Schumpert Hospital. Corinne attended Randolph-Macon Woman's College before graduating from The University of Texas in 1956, where she was a member of Pi Beta Phi. After graduation, she taught sixth grade for several years at Southfield School, and even had her brother in her class.
After settling in Dallas in 1965, she began her 35-year real estate career where she forged a name as one of the go-to realtors for the Park Cities and North Dallas market. From a civic perspective, Corinne was instrumental in the development and funding of the Katy Trail during her time on the Dallas County Park Board. Corinne served as president of the Children's Medical Center Auxiliary, Junior League Garden Club, Christ the King Altar Society, Dallas Public Affairs Luncheon Club, Christ Child Society and Topics and Trends Study Club. She was also a member of the Junior League of Dallas, the Dallas Woman's Club and Dallas Southern Memorial. Passionate about politics and civic outreach, she worked the Republican National Convention and volunteered for more than 25 years during local and national elections.
Known for her culinary skills, Corinne loved entertaining for her family and friends. She was featured in numerous publications for her signature Cajun cooking, and everyone always anticipated her eggnog parties where she opened her door to over 100 guests each Christmas morning. She saw God's beauty in her garden and spent many evenings enjoying her flowers and sharing that love with her friends. She was generous with her time and talents and thrilled her loved ones with her beautiful needlepoint works. Corinne was an active member of Christ the King Catholic Church, where she demonstrated her faith by helping assist with hundreds of weddings through the Altar Society and decorating the church with her needlepoint. Corinne will be remembered for her honesty, directness and humor.
Corinne is survived by her two children and their families: Corinne "Mimi" Calder Lewis and husband David V. Lewis and Marshall Francis Calder of Dallas, Texas; her grandchildren, Calder, Madeline and Corinne Lewis and Holt and Ben Calder; sister Millicent Kelly Wear and husband Robert Paul Wear, Jr. of Houston, Texas, brother Edwin Roy Kelly and wife Joan Kelly of Arlington, Texas; sister Deborah Kelly Slaughter and husband Hal Meekins of Shreveport, Louisiana. She is predeceased by her parents and brother, Francis Stephen Kelly III.
A funeral celebrating her life will be held on Thursday, January 23 at 10:00 a.m. at Christ the King Catholic Church in Dallas, with a burial at 10:30 a.m., Friday at Forest Park Cemetery in Shreveport. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Reconciliation Outreach, 4311 Bryan St, Dallas, TX 75204, or Children's Medical Center Foundation, 2777 Stemmons Fwy Ste 700, Dallas, TX 75207.
Sparkman/Hillcrest Funeral Home (214) 363-5401
Published in Shreveport Times on Jan. 22, 2014