Shirley Dye Kelley
1931 - 2021
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Shirley Dye Kelley

Peoria - Shirley Dye Kelley, 90, loving wife, mother, grandmother and a friend to many who knew her, passed away May 28, 2021 in Peoria, AZ. Shirley was born on January 15, 1931 in Flint Township, MI to William George Burnham Dye and Shirley (Lawcock) Dye. Her parents owned the Wm. GB Dye Groceries and Hardware on the northwest corner of Dye and Corunna Roads from 1931 to 1947. Shirley attended Dye School in Flint Township, MI until she moved to Arizona with her parents and dog Bingo in 1947 for her mother's health. She graduated from Phoenix Union High School in 1949 and Phoenix College in 1951 with an Associate in Arts Degree in Business. In March 1952 she married Robert E. Kelley, originally of Flint, MI, in Phoenix AZ. Shirley worked for Refsnes, Ely, Beck & Company, Markow Photography, Sunshine Biscuit Company and General Cassette Corporation. In 1982 she started her own company, Referral Accounting, working for small businesses keeping their accounting records. She enjoyed the variety in clients, the work and on her own schedule. Retiring to Sun City in 1994 when she and Bob purchased a condo in a complex called Lipan Court. She is survived by: her brother Charles William Dye, son Michael Edwin Kelley (Sue Noble) in Commerce City, CO; daughter Patrice Dugan in Peoria, AZ; and son Robert W. D. Kelley (Lynn Riley) in Margate, FL; Grandchildren: Ryan Edwin Kelley, Megan Kelley Rietzke, Shannon L. Kelley, Christen N. Kelley, Cameron J. Kelley and Step Grandsons Dylan Noble and Brian Noble. Burial to be at Green Acres Memorial Cemetery, Hayden Rd, Scottsdale, AZ, June 20, 2021. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Mary's Food Bank.

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Published in The Arizona Republic from Jun. 6 to Jun. 8, 2021.
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