Kay Kellam Spruell
Salisbury—Kay Kellam Spruell was called by her Heavenly Father on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013. She died peacefully at home. Born Oct. 8, 1937, in Norfolk, Va., Kay was the daughter of Arthur Page Kellam and Edith Gordon Kellam, and sister of Carolyn G. Kellam. She graduated from Granby High (class president) in 1956, and attended Longwood College for two years. She married Robert Spruell in 1958. While raising their three daughters in Bowie, Md., she returned to school at Bowie State, earning degrees in early childhood education.
In the 1980s she moved to Annapolis, Md., and spent many enjoyable years. Lovingly known as "Miss Kay," she taught many young children in Prince George's and Anne Arundel counties. She was dedicated to her profession, her students and their families and maintained contact with many of them since her retirement in 1997. Inspired by "Raiders of the Lost Ark" in mid-life, archaeology became a passion that resulted in further education, travel and lifelong friendships. As a member of the Archaeological Society of Maryland, Kay participated in digs all over the country.
Kay moved to Salisbury in 2002 and continued to bring goodness and kindness to people and to help affirm those who lack self-confidence. She volunteered and gave freely of her time and energy to so many. Kay had a special place in her heart for the homeless. She was active with Joseph House Crisis Center, the Little Sisters of Jesus and Mary, Tri-Alliance Committee for the Homeless, HOPE, Halo Women's Shelter and the Men's Winter Shelter, the Ward Museum, the AI&G Gallery and the Nabb Research Center. Kay excelled at finding creative solutions for community needs. She was founder and coordinator of JOBS (Just Old Bike Swap) and HUGS (Help Us Grow Safely) which provides scarves to children knit by volunteers to remind them that they are cared for and loved. She was guided by her love for family, faith in God and His goodness. She was an active member of Asbury United Methodist Church. Kay expressed herself through unique and whimsical artistic creations. Her artwork is colorful, creative and vibrant. Like her, it is fabulous.
She is survived by three daughters, Kathryn (Tim) Wilson, Robin (Kevin) Sullivan, and Susan (Mark) Clements, whom she loved much and was very proud; grandchildren, Stephen and wife, Katie, Brian, Kelly, Rebekah, Amy, Daniel, and Caleb Wilson, Kelsey, Dan, and Faith Sullivan, and Mark Clements Jr.; one great-grandchild, Samara Wilson, and another on the way. She was predeceased by her parents, Arthur and Edith Kellam and her sister, Carolyn.
A Celebration of Kay's Life will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18, at Asbury United Methodist Church, 1401 Camden Ave., Salisbury, Md. 21801. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Joseph House Ministries, Asbury United Methodist Church, or the Polycystic Kidney Foundation.
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