Pauline Thompson Kelly
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Shreveport, Louisiana -
Pauline Thompson Kelly, 83, died peacefully at home, on March 18 2012, with her daughter and son at her side. She had fought a long and valiant battle with lung cancer.
Pauline was a special present, born December 25, 1928, to Walter and Olive Thompson in Shreveport, Louisiana. She was always loved and respected as a wonderful wife, mother, aunt, and friend. She has always been described, quite truthfully, as fun loving, loyal, and true. Pauline was the rock of the family, and, the most fun of all! She loved to hear and tell a good joke, to dance and play cards. She was a good golfer, and was a member for many years of Meadowlake Golf Club and the Shreveport Ladies Golf Association. Her church life and church family was very important to her, and she was a member of the former Wynn Memorial and Morningside Methodist churches, and most recently, the Summer Grove Methodist Church where she was a member of the Reagan Middleton Sunday School Class and the UMW. She loved to sing and, for many years, lent her beautiful alto voice to her churches' choirs, and in later years to Make a Joyful Noise. She was a faithful member of the Sunset Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star. Pauline began her "work career" at age 13 as a soda jerk for Peyton's Drug Store in Westend, working in the afternoons and weekends. She was bookkeeper for The Payne Company for over 30 years, retiring a little over 20 years ago.
Pauline was preceded in death by her husband, Joe; her parents; brother, Tommy Thompson; sister, Marie Benfield; and infant son, Thomas Wayne. She is survived by her very dear friend and companion of many years, Langford Caskey; daughter, Pamela Mott and husband, Howard, of Birmingham, AL; son, Walter Joe Kelly and wife, Sheila, of Appleton City, MO; grand-daughters Kelly Hamilton Bracy of Arlington, VA; Wendy Stough of Dallas, TX; Jamie Berney of Shreveport; Holly Mott-Strickland of Birmingham, AL and Tabitha Aldridge of Appleton City, MO; grand-sons Ramar Trey Hamilton of Montevallo, AL; Jason Mott of Birmingham, AL; and Kenneth Kelly of Phoenix, AZ; great-grandchildren Eliza, Sophie and Owen of Arlington, VA; Ian and Conner Smith of Shreveport; Marshall McAams, Railey and Asher Berney of Shreveport; Keegan Kelly of Phoenix, AZ, and great-great granddaughter Madison Claire Smith of Shreveport; special nieces Linda Kay Atkins, Sherrie Simpson, Janie Savat, Polly McKaskle; Betsy Warrens; special nephews Patrick Benfield, Clinton Kelly (all of Shreveport), William David Varnell of El Dorado, AK and Rusty Thompson of Lynden, WA; plus two special cousins, Joy Faye Stephenson of Plantersville, TX and Becky Whisenhunt of Gilham, AR, as well as many great friends.
Pallbearers will be Brian Atkins, Patrick Benfield, D.J. Caskey, Donald Cooper, Clinton Kelly, Gary McKaskle, Chuck Simpson, and William David Varnell. Honorary pallbearers will be Carey Atkins, James Caskey, Dane Caskey, and Gary Caskey.
The family extends their deepest gratitude for the loving and professional care provided by Dr. Charles Hargon and his nurses and staff; the nurses and staff of the Willis-Knighton Cancer Center; and to Willis-Knighton Hospice, with heartfelt special thanks to Stephanie, Crystal, Margaret, and Chaplain Casey. The day after her death, Dr. Hargon called Pauline's family to extend his sympathy and prayers, and he said Ms. Pauline was such a strong woman and real fighter. That pretty much sums it up!
Funeral services for Pauline Kelly will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, March 22, 2012 at Rose-Neath Marshall Street, with Reverend Michael Stowell officiating. Interment will follow at Forest Park, St. Vincent's. Visitation with the family will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at Rose-Neath Marshall Street.
Published in Shreveport Times from Mar. 20 to Mar. 22, 2012