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Mary R. Kelley

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Kelley, Mary R. (nee Ramsay), longtime resident of New Haven, MO., died in her home on Aug. 1, 2013, after complications from a stroke suffered 10 days earlier. Mary was born in St. Louis on Oct. 19, 1918, to Harvey W. and Ella Ramsay. Raised in Webster Groves, she was graduated from Webster Groves High School in 1936 where had 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 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 USA 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. She is survived by her son William N. Kelley Jr. and partner Debra Runyan (and her son Avery Runyan) of Washougal, Wash;, son Timothy R. Kelley and wife Marian (and her son David Shockley and wife Nancy, daughter Laura Humphreys and grandchildren Megan and Justin Shockley and Lydia Humphreys), all of New Haven, Mo.; grandson William N. Kelley III and wife Ungee and granddaughter Emily L. Kelley, all of Fort Collins, Colo.; plus three great-grandsons, Alexander Kelley of Fort McChord, Wash., Timothy H. Kelley, St. Lawrence University, N.Y., and Robinson Kelley of Fort Collins, Colo.; plus many nieces, nephews and cousins and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents and two sisters, Barbara Brigham and Polly Becker. Services: Visitation will be Friday, Aug. 16 from 4-8 p.m. at TOEDTMANN & GROSSE Funeral Home, New Haven, MO. Funeral services will be held at St. Peter's United Church of Christ, 607 Maupin Ave., New Haven, Mo., on Saturday, Aug. 17 at 11:00 a.m. Memorials may be given in her name to the New Haven High School Music Booster Program or the New Haven Preservation Society, in care of Toedtmann & Grosse, 1221 Washington St., Hermann, Mo. 65041.

Published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Aug. 13, 2013
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