Mary R. Kelley, nee Ramsay, 94, longtime resident of New Haven, passed away Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013, in her home after complications from a stroke suffered 10 days earlier.|
Mary, daughter of the late Harvey W. Ramsay and wife Ella, was born Oct. 19, 1918, in St. Louis. She was raised in Webster Groves. She graduated from Webster Groves High School in 1936 where she met her classmate and future husband, William N. Kelley.
After graduating from St. Louis Washington University in 1940, she married "Bill" Kelley in 1942. They celebrated their 70th anniversary in June of 2012. A move to New Haven in 1951 allowed them to raise their two sons, William N. Kelley Jr. and Timothy R. Kelley, on a farm where they lived for 62 years.
Mary was a lifetime member of Kappa Alpha Theta and also became active in New Haven activities as a Cub Scout and Girl Scout leader, as well as numerous charities and local organizations as a volunteer.
She loved to swim, play tennis, garden, play piano and sing. She was a member of several bridge clubs and traveled all over the United States and the world with her husband on business and pleasure trips. Her devotion to family and friends accounted for the untold number of people who lovingly admired her.
Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Kelley; parents, Harvey W. and Ella Ramsay; and two sisters, Barbara Brigham and Polly Becker.
She is survived by two sons, William N. Kelley Jr. and partner Debra Runyan, and her son, Avery Runyan, all of Washougal, Wash., and Timothy R. Kelley and wife Marian, and her son, David Shockley and wife Nancy, daughter, Laura Humphreys, and grandchildren, Megan Shockley, Justin Shockley and Lydia Humphreys, all of New Haven; one grandson, William N. Kelley III and wife Ungee, Fort Collins, Colo.; one granddaughter, Emily L. Kelley, Fort Collins, Colo.; three great-grandsons, Alexander Kelley, Fort McChord, Wash., Timothy H. Kelley, St. Lawrence University, N.Y., and Robinson Kelley, Fort Collins, Colo.; many nieces; nephews; cousins; and friends.
Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, at Toedtmann-Grosse Funeral Home, New Haven.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at St. Peter's United Church of Christ, 607 Maupin Ave., New Haven.
Memorials may be given in Mary's name to the New Haven High School Music Booster Program or the New Haven Preservation Society, in care of Toedtmann-Grosse Funeral Home, 1221 Washington St., Hermann, MO 65041.
The Kelley family is being served by Toedtmann-Grosse Funeral Home, New Haven.
Published in The Missourian on Aug. 7, 2013