Clarice Dean Smith Covington "Deanie" Kelley

BURLINGTON - Deanie passed away Sunday, March 23, 2014, at Clare Bridge of Burlington, her home for the past two years.
She was a lifelong resident of Burlington. Her parents were Blanche R. and Charles Smith. She was the last surviving member of a family of 11 children. Deanie was a woman of faith who was blessed with traits of courage, strength and generosity. Family was her life, her joy and her heart.
Deanie's husbands, W.E. Covington and Victor A. Kelley; son, Jerry D. Covington; and daughter, Nancy Covington Long, preceded her in death, as well as her sisters, Mary, Violet, Eary, Ruby and Agnes; and brothers, Harvey, David, Wilton, Charlie and Carl Smith.
She is survived by B. Alan Long (son-in-law); Jean B. Covington (daughter-in-law); six granddaughters, Karen Long Gupton (William), Kelly Long Haskins (John), Brooks Long Cloninger (Larry), and McIver Long Bair (Derek), Maria Covington Tulloss (Harrison) and Megan Covington Baker (Jim); great-grandchildren, Morgan and Connor Haskins, Stuart and Allison Gupton, Hayes and Holt Cloninger, Cameron and Harris Tulloss and Ward and Lily Baker; sister-in-law, Peggy C. Smith; beloved nieces and nephews; and her dear friend, Tori "Sissy" Lambert.
Deanie was a dedicated employee for many years at Carolina-Koury Hosiery Mill. She volunteered with the DAV Auxiliary and area nursing homes. She loved people, playing bingo and gospel music.
The family will receive friends at Rich & Thompson Funeral and Cremation Service in Burlington on Wednesday, March 26, 2014, from 1:45 to 2:45 p.m. prior to the graveside service. A celebration of her life will follow at 3 p.m. as a graveside service at Pine Hill Cemetery.
The family would like to express special gratitude to the staff of Clare Bridge of Burlington and Hospice of Alamance County.
Memorials may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care of Alamance-Caswell, 918 Chapel Hill Road, Burlington, NC 27215 or to Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Chapter 4, c/o American Legion, P.O. Box 1056, Burlington, NC 27216-1056.
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Rich and Thompson Funeral and Cremation Service
306 Glenwood Ave. Burlington, NC 27215
(336) 226-1622

Published in from Mar. 24 to Mar. 25, 2014