Brigitte Marie Kelley
1926 - 2017
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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: or in memory of Brigitte Kelley.

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Published in The Press-Enterprise on Dec. 21, 2017.
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August 12, 2018
Yvonne Byron
December 29, 2017
Meine freudinine bist in Himmel, Gotte segne.
Averi Ammerman
December 21, 2017
I am very sorry for your loss. May God give you strength during this time of sorrow. God's Word offers comfort and hope for a bright future- Jeremiah 29:11

December 21, 2017
About the only similarity between Brig and my self is that I deeply enjoyed my college years where I studied Spanish and German. I envy all the beautiful sights in Europe where she lived, and I hope to see some of them...(bucket list)
Gregory Treadwell
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