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Hemet, CA 92544
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Brigitte Marie Kelley

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Brigitte Marie Kelley, (known affectionately as "Brig"), a long time Hemet Valley, CA resident and active member of the community, died December 10, 2017. She was 91 years old. Brig was the loving wife of Senator David G. Kelley.
Brigitte was born in Potsdam, Germany, a suburb of Berlin, to Dr. Herman-Walter Frey and Marie Frey-Richter on Nov. 20, 1926. She spent her youth in Berlin, Germany; Salzburg, Austria; Rome, Italy; and Freiburg, Germany. She studied English at the University of Freiburg and in 1948 she received a Quaker Scholarship to attend Mills College in Oakland, California. Brig spent 2 years in the United States and upon her return met David, her husband to be. They married in 1953 and returned to Hemet in 1955 to settle on their citrus ranch in Bautista Canyon.
Brig taught German in Adult Continuing Education and Spanish at Mt. San Jacinto Junior College. She loved collecting art and antiques - in particular Spanish and religious art - and enjoyed traveling all over the world.
Brig is survived by her husband, Senator David G. Kelley; her children Sharon Haupt, Bridget Kelley, Margaret Valine (Rod) and Kenneth Kelley (Susan); in addition to 9 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 3, 2018 at St. John's Lutheran Church, 26410 Columbia St., Hemet, CA. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Mills College Tribute fund (email: [email protected] or https://www.mills.edu/giving-to-mills/) in memory of Brigitte Kelley.
Published in Press-Enterprise on Dec. 21, 2017
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