KELLEY, Lloyd M., 81, passed away September 9, 2007, in Tucson. Preceded in death by his beloved wife, Jean and son, Michael. Survived by his daughters, Patti (Bob) Harada and Jerrie (Al) Ling; sons, T.J. (Barb) Kelley and Dan Kelley; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. We thank him for his service during WWII and his love for his family. Arrangements by BRING'S BROADWAY CHAPEL, 6910 E. Broadway.
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Hi Mr. Kelley, Today we will have to say good by and let you go can't help to keep you on line so I will say so long until we meet up where you are. LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU VERY MUCH. The Davis Family
September 3, 2009
Hi Mr. Kelley, I am glad to see that your daughter wrote, things here is up side down,David is working his butt off and not getting anyware wish he would slow down.I am just getting older.we all love and miss you David sends his love and so do I.lorna and david
July 5, 2009
Good Morning Daddy, I see Lorna beat me to the punch again. Well, that's fine. You know I think about you daily. Today marks the 233rd Independence Day. Wow! TJ and I were talking the other day and we have ambivalent feelings about you not being around for us to talk to you about current events. But in light of how things are going we are glad you do not have to worry yourself about the future of this country. Nonetheless, all of us miss you greatly. Dan and TJ are doing pretty well. Dan is into cooking and being healthy. TJ is doing the same. But TJ is blessed with the birth of little Kaylynn and he has promised to send pictures. I will post when I get them. Patti has retired but has contracted back to UA to teach her classes. I, on the other hand, am at a slow time for my business but things are already picking up. It promises to be a pretty good rest of the year for all of us. The only thing that would make it perfect is if you were here. But I know you are in a better place. Thank you for being a part of the "Greatest Generation" that worked to keep our country free. Love, Jerrie Kay
July 4, 2009
Hi Mr.Kelley. Have seen that no one has say Hi to you so here I am to say thanks for beening our ANGEL and watching over us. Happy 4th of JULY......
July 2, 2009
Hi Daddy, I see Lorna wrote. How sweet. She is a good person. I have had the lap-band surgery I was hoping for. I am happy to report I am doing well. Al and I will be going to Tucson at the end of the month, I think. I have to do Patti's and Shelley's taxes. I sure wish I could talk to you about all that is happening in and to our lovely country. It is not all good. I am almost glad you are not here to witness it. Little Kaylynn was born on the 3rd of February. But she had some problems with her blood sugar. She is home and healthy now and TJ couldn't be more proud. She is beautiful. Dan is doing well. I sent him one of Mike's guitars and he is learning to play. I'm sure he is good at it as Mike was. Patti has retired and contracted back to U of A to teach her classes. I am, as always, very busy this time of year. I hope to make enough money to buy software for next year without going in to debt. It will be a struggle. Well, I love you. I will see you later. Love, Jerrie
February 17, 2009
Hi Mr. Kelley, As you spend this Valentines Day with our lord we know that you are watching over us,as we spend it here on earth so Happy Happy Valentines day to you love
February 14, 2009
Hi Lloyd! Will a new year and hope things will be and look much better.I know that you are missed by all who know you. As I set here your daughter crossed my mine and I am glad to know her, wish that jerrie was here so I could talk to her but she in far away. Will it is late so I will go, keep watching over us,for you are one of our ANGELS watching over us ,
Lorna/ Dave Davis
January 22, 2009
Hi Daddy! Happy New Year, a few days late. Better late than never. I didn't get to see the Rose Parade this year. I know you watched it every year. Now I know there are some thing that don't hold the magic anymore once someone is gone. The magic of the parade is gone for me now since you are not around to watch it. I suppose I watched it because you did. We are all doing well. TJ is about to be a dad again. A little girl named Kaylynn. How cool is that? Dan is still involved in his church and Patti is doing what Patti does. It is all good. Al is doing very well but he and I must get back to the gym. We will. No New Year's resolution... just a fact. I miss you and wish I could talk to you. Love, Jerrie Kay
January 8, 2009
Merry Christmas Daddy, I am missing you terribly. But I know you are with the Son of God right now and I can't imagine being in a better place. Al and I renewed our vows on the 6th of December. 30 years! Whew! Who would have believed that? It really was wonderful to do what we did. I wanted you to be there to walk me down the aisle again but it wasn't meant to be. Patti did, though. Al said wonderful vows and I sang, "You Needed Me" as sung by Anne Murray. It turned out well. I wish TJ and Dan could have been there but I know it was a near impossibility for them. If I could figure out how, I would post the video. I will figure it out one of these days. I love you and miss you. I think about you daily and the thoughts are good. Love, Jerrie Kay
December 25, 2008
HI Mr. Kelley. May All your family have a very Merry Christmas.
Lorna / David Davis
December 25, 2008
Dear Mr. Lloyd, Here it is almost Helloween and as I was talking with my son Dave we was recalling the good old days, when oone Helloween you gave out pennies on a paper saying This is a luck pennieand we laughed. will tine to go and find one what is new
October 24, 2008
Rroyd, Whoooo! Boy! With all that is going on you would have a ton to say. You would be proud of me for sticking to my guns in regard to all things political. I certainly miss you. How I would love to be talking to you about all the election goings on. The communication among the siblings has slowed down but the love is still there. As soon as I get an extra nickle I am going to Tucson to see Patti, Shelley, Joe, Kenny, Andi, David, Lorna, Gloria and anyone else who will be willing to visit. Joe is caring for Kenny now and he and Andi have really changed their lives for Kenny. I am awestruck by what they have done. It is quite a sacrifice. Thank you for the kind words from Lorna. Daddy, I miss you so much. Love, Jerrie Kay
October 16, 2008
Mr.Lloyd I don't remember if we every meet but I have get to know your wonderful daughter Jerrie and if you was anything like her you was a greate man. Jerrie I hope you don't cry for what I said but it is true and I know how you feel. Your friend always.
October 13, 2008
Hi Daddy, I have tried a couple of time to put the letter I wrote on the anniversary of your death. But it has not been posted. But I am sure you know what it said. I just can't figure out why it wasn't posted. Anyway, I miss you and keep thinking about you. And Mom, too. I have the feeling you are watching over me lately. I am sure of it. It is a good feeling. We all seem to be doing well and settling in to our lives without your physical being. We all miss you. Thanks to Alan for checking in. He is a great person. A good ol' Texas guy. You would have liked him. I love you. Jerrie Kay
September 20, 2008
Hey folks hope things are going your way. Good to hear from ya.
September 10, 2008
Good Morning Daddy, Well, I am sure you and Mom are having some great discussions about the upcoming Presidential Election. I can just hear it. Too bad I can't write it all. Anyway, I think you would like McCains choice for VP. If not, you would at least have to admit it was a genius move.
I miss you and love you. This book will be going off line soon. I have to get it printed up or something.
It has been almost a year since you have passed and life has moved on. But it has not been as easy as I had hoped. At least some good has come of all of this.
TJ and Dan have a relationship now. I am so amazed at both of them. And Dan and I are doing fine, too. Patti has been pretty quiet but then she is probably dealing with this in her way.
Al and I are going to renew our vows this December. I wish you could be there to walk me down the aisle as you did 30 years ago. How cool would that be?
Remember I will always love you.
Love, Jerrie Kay
September 6, 2008
Say Hi to Mom for me. Not much going on around here. I have been looking for a part time job to supplement our income. I had an interview yesterday with Station Casinos and have one on Friday with AT&T. Talk about worlds apart!
Everyone is doing pretty good. Joe Caid and family found a home in Tucson. Joe has been doing a great job caring for Kenny. He has Kenny involved in many things. I am very proud of Joe. I sure miss you. I wouldn't want you to be here if you had to suffer but I sure wish you were around so I could talk with you. I love you.
August 9, 2008
Here is the latest of TJ and Daniel. I thought it would be fun to add the photo.
July 12, 2008
Hi Daddy, Some very sad news today. A hero of yours and mine passed away today. Tony Snow. He lost his battle with cancer but fought the good fight. I always liked him. I loved it when he was the White House Press Secretary. He was honest, to the point and did it with graciousness and honor. I am sure he is with you in Heaven. Not a whole bunch is going on lately. I have been very busy. TJ and Barb are expecting another child which TJ thinks will be a girl. Patti helped put together Bobby's 60th birthday. She is doing well. Dan and TJ both are attending church on a regular basis. That's no surprise for TJ but to Dan it is a new thing for him. It is wonderful! I am seeing a psychologist (quit laughing!) for a while to see if I can get off of the anti-depressants. That would be a good thing. Al is fine and I love having him home. I wrote earlier but it didn't make it to the book. I wonder why. I love you and miss you. Mainly because our choices for president are Obama and McCain. I would love to discuss it with you. Later 'gator
July 12, 2008
Be still like the grass on a melancholy summer day Be still like desert shrub.
Be calm and you will hear your loved one speak, in the stillness, in the calm, their love resounds.
If you are still this promise I make, you will hear the voice of your loved one helping you along your way.
June 30, 2008
Hi Daddy, It has been a few days and I am missing you terribly. There have been some wonderful things happening among me and my siblings. You will be glad to know we are all in touch and doing well. What you may not know is Al and I got a new puppy in February. His name is Thomas Jefferson... TJ for short. I think you would like him even though he is doing all the things puppies do to irritate their owners. But he is cute. Dan and I will be going to California and I will be going back to Tucson this year. I would love to go to St. Louis this year, too. I am thinking it may be a good thing for all of us to do. I am looking forward to it. Well, gotta go. I have a bunch of stuff to do and am getting tired. I think I will rest and finish up tomorrow morning.
I love you. Say hi to Mom and Mike and everyone else with whom you have been reunited. Love, Jerrie Kay
May 11, 2008
Y'know, Patti is preparing to write to you which I think is great. But I forgot to tell you, your house sold in 4 hours. So, all of which you were proud in regard to the house was good.
I have been busy with the tax season and am finally slowing down some. In the meantime I am keeping up... kinda.
I miss you terribly and as the election draws closer, I would give almost anything to talk to you about it. Darn!
Love, Jerrie Kay
April 30, 2008
Long time no write. I am sorry. No excuses. That's what you would say to me. Anyway, I have been busy but I am getting by. The house should be listed either today or Monday. We are excited about this. We being Al and I. I have not said anything to anyone else yet. There is no reason to until the signs are actually up. It's all good. David has done some wonderful work on the house.I am very happy with his work. He is a good man. I miss you so much. I had written an e-mail to the family about the election candidates on both sides of the aisle and I was hit very hard by missing you so much. Darn! I wish you were here to talk to me about your feelings. I sure miss you. Love, Jerrie Kay
January 18, 2008
Merry Christmas Daddy. Heaven must be a great place to be when we are celebrating the birth of Christ.
We have not had much going on lateley except I have been pretty busy.
Al and I are having a few people over today and we are going to have a wonderful dinner. But it is windy today so I am not so sure about frying the turkey. I may end up baking it. Al says we are going to fry it in spite of the wind. Ha!
Have I thanked you and Mom for giving me the best siblings ever?
December 25, 2007
Well, here I am again. I am having some real troubles and some depression. I suppose that is normal. I just wish you were here for me to talk to. I miss you. Give Mom a big kiss for me. Love, J
December 21, 2007
Good Morning Daddy,
I miss you a whole bunch. I love you. I wish you were here to give me advice on what is happening with your estate and our family. It is very painful to constantly be reminded you are gone. I really miss you more than I can say.
December 18, 2007
Happy 82nd birthday. And it is our 29th wedding anniversary. I will be leaving for Tucson tomorrow. I am working on getting the house listed. The yard sales have gone well. Last weekend was $1600.00 and this weekend $1000.00 And we are running ads for the things that have not sold. We have David to thank for that. He has worked hard.
I love you and miss you more than I can say. Love, J
December 2, 2007
Happy Birthday Dad It will be tough getting through today without calling you and wishing you a happy birthday. We are celebrating Evan's 5th birthday today so we will a b etter day then it could have been.
December 2, 2007
Hi Old Man, Well, Thanksgiving has come and gone. I have to say I wasn't in to is as we would generally have the meal at your house. I, for the first time, didn't cook. We went out with friends. I am so happy we had last Thanksgiving at your house. I love you.
November 24, 2007
Hi Daddy, The last couple of days have been good. But I still miss you. It seems like you have been gone forever but it has only been a couple of months. I had a dream about you last night. It was funny. You were dancing... break dancing which is one of the funniest things anyone could ever picture. I don't even want to know where it came from or why I dreamed such a thing. I miss you sorely. I am headed back to Tucson on the 3rd of next month. Will write again soon. I love you. J
November 16, 2007
Today was one of the hard ones since you have been gone. I went to Church and being Veterens Day they were singing patriotic music. I got choked up and couldn't sing. I miss you old man.
November 11, 2007
I was just thinking how you had told me you wished Al would retire. I believe he has. He hasn't been back to work since we returned from Tucson at the end of September. I have to admit, I like him home since I am working from home. It is really nice. I will be back out in Tucson on the 3rd of December. I thought you should know it is hard going to the house when I know you aren't there. We have added a window to your bedroom so when we sell the house, we can call it a bedroom instead of the "cave". David did a good job. I miss you so much and although time will heal it seems I miss you more and more everyday. Love, J
November 10, 2007
I was happy to see Dixie and Tommy wrote in your book. They are truly fine and amazing people. I remember you liked them very much.
you would love this particular scenario... I am babysitting a young Frech Bulldog for a friend.This little dog (all head, neck and chest) is too top heavy to be able to jump the gate we have set up in the hallway. If he could he would be traumatizing the cats. They are used to Daniel. You would be getting a kick out of the way Sammy sits within sight of Baxter (the dog) and torments the heck out of him just by sitting in the hallway. We deicided not to do the addtion but to bring the house up to code to sell it "as is". Life is good. But will never be the same without you. The judge in the OJ case is a young man. One of the youngest to be on the bench. But he is good. He has to be. His mother is my friend. I am going to submit a photo of your newest friend. Love, J
November 9, 2007
For the family of Lloyd Kelley:
I have, for years, talked with and listened to Jerrie Kay regarding her father...a myriad jumble of emotions depending on what he was up to at that time.
However, on one of those holidays that involve the baking of dead fowl and the necessary slaughter of innocent cranberries and pumpkins, I had the opportunity of meeting 'the ole man'. I found Lloyd to be an intelligent, forthright, determined gentleman. He enjoyed a good debate, relished a conversation on any controversial subject, and really loved a good meal!!! I truly enjoyed meeting, greeting, and dining with him.
In the present, I know that you all miss him, but know that others also cared for that truly remarkable 'ole man'.
On another note, I know that he is with your Mom, the place he always wanted to be...back with the love of his life. Remember to celebrate his joy at being with her!
Dixie & Tom O'Dou
November 7, 2007
Well, it's been awhile since I have written. I have been so busy I can hardly get my head above water.
But I am missing you. I wish I could discuss with you some of the more recent current events. Albeit, I can guess what you would say.
I just got back from Tucson where I picked up the Death Certificates and transferred the title of your car to Teej. And I did a whole myriad of other things.
Mostly I just wanted to say how much I miss you and how hard it was to go back to your house when you weren't there. It really was hard but I did it.
Things are moving along and I am working hard to get things straightened away for you and for us.
Much love and a ton of hugs.
Love, Jerrie Kay
November 2, 2007
Hi Old Man,
I am really missing you today. More than usual. I think it is because we have been talking about what to do about the house and what I need to do to make the sale viable. Lots and lots of work.
The California Wild Fires are making the news. They have evacuated more in SO Cal then they did in New Orleans. Disaster! I will keep my opinion out of this letter.
In any event, I am leaving for Tucson tomorrow to meet with a couple of realtors, pick up some the DC's, clean the house, get Daniel groomed, transfer the auto title to Teej,celebrate Kenny's birtday,record the beneficiary deed with the county recorder, and draft some affidavits. I don't have TOO much to do!
I love you. And I miss you more than I can express. I miss your opinions on things,too.
October 24, 2007
Hi Daddy, First, thanks to Jeff and Julie. They really are like our children. Sometimes you just love people because they are wonderful. I feel that way about Jeff and Julie.
I have such a feeling of loss today. I guess it is because I am fixing to go back out to Tucson this coming Thursday. I have a whole lot to do and it is Kenny's birthday as well.
Recently, in e-mails Teej, Critter and I have been swapping our versions of the stories you told about your time in the Military. We also have talked about your ancestry. We don't have much to go on but we have determined the Kelleys married into the Keelers back in PA. in the early 1800's.
We have your birth certificate that states you were born in KC, KS. There was a question as to whether or not you were born in AR. In any event, I have to say I am glad you were born and it doesn't matter where it took place.
The sadness I feel today stems from the e-mails and that is fine. I know I will have days like this from time to time. But I still wish I could call you.
BTW, I had a dream you were alive and well in Tucson. But we were living in Indian Ridge estates. Of all the silly things in that dream and there were plenty, Mom had a job. She was an icer in a bakery. I woke up laughing so hard I scared the dog! And Al!
To those who didn't know my mom: The funny part is she never worked after she and Daddy married. And she never would have been an icer. She would have been a stand up comedienne.
October 21, 2007
Jerry and Al,
I am so very sorry about your loss. I know that you cared very much about your dad and that he will be terribly missed. Best of wishes to you in this troubled time.
Love your kids, Jeff and Julie Wilson
Jeff and Julie Wilson
October 19, 2007
Hi Pop, Well, it's been a few days. The entries are slowing down. I am sure that is normal.
There are a ton of headlines I wish we could discuss. The 2.3% raise in SS benefits being the smallest in years... well never mind.
I think I will get your DC's by the end of the month. Yay!
I really miss you. I am still picking up the phone to call and see what you are doing. Normally, it would be nothing but once in a while you would have some news about yourself.
I was thinking about when I was out there and I got the opportunity to fix your breakfast. Al and I will just have sausage biscuits (home made, of course) and when I offered that to you... well you told me that wasn't breakfast. You proceeded to tell me breakfast was eggs, meat, toast and potatoes. When you were healthy so was your appetite. We laughed about that. Once you believed something, no matter what it was, there was no changing you. I love you for that.
October 17, 2007
Hi Old Man, Al and I have tickets to go to the Frys.com open today. It should be fun. About what TJ wrote. I believe it because a similar type thing happened to me when Mom died. So, mumbo jumbo or not, I'm sure it really happened. Now let me tell you about miracles in which you never believed. The day you fell in the bathroom, I couldn't get the door open because you were blocking it. I tried so hard to help you and I couldn't. I called David to ask him to come out and see if he could get the door off. I went in to the living room, sat in your chair and asked God to please help. I was looking down at my cell phone and when I looked up, the bathroom door was wide open. What was really odd, I couldn't see anything else for the light from the bathroom. I couldn't see your bedroom (the cave) or the doors to the other room. I could only see that light. I ran in and helped you up and off we went to the doctor's office. So, yes. Miracles happen. I know you didn't think so. We can have such a close connection to one and other that what TJ felt was real. I believe every word he said. I also believe you do, too.... Now.
October 14, 2007
Dad An odd thing happened yesterday. I was at work and feeling pretty good. I had no memory of what day you were to be buried. Jerrie told us but it didn't stick. Around Noon my time I began to feel bad. Not bad physically as much as emotiaonaly I was suddnly overcome with a sadness and anger I couldn't explain. after a wile it passed. I check My personel e-mail and Jerrie had written to tell us that you had been buried at that exact time. Neither you or I ever put much store in Phyco Mumbo Jumbo, but it was the weirdest thing I have ever felt. I love you and miss you old man.
October 13, 2007
I just got a call from Jefferson Barracks. Your cre-mains are being interred with Mom right this very minute.
It makes me sad to think about it because of the finality of it. But I have felt so many things are final in regard to your death that I am not so sure anymore. I know I will feel the same when I get your DC's. And when your house is ready to sell. And when it does sell. And then when I finally distribute the estate. And on 9/9/08. It felt final when I received your flag; My most treasured possesion. Oh well. Life does go on for those of us who have survived you.
October 12, 2007
Today is a good day. It is Jennifer's birthday and it is David's birthday. Not such a bad deal. I have been missing you. I sent some pictures to TJ for his "project" and among them are some great pictures of Mom. I know you would be watching the Frys.com open on TV. Al and I went and will be there again. I am the one in the pink shirt standing at the 18th green. Or the 9th green. I miss you. I wish I could call you and tell you all about what's going on. I guess letters will have to do. I love you. J
October 11, 2007
It was a long day today albeit a good one.
Teej and I had the same thought to call you today when we heard some headlines. I guess we both used to call you when something gave us pause to wonder or to see the irony in something that has made the news.
I was on my way back from taking a friend to get her flu/pneumonia shot when I had a sudden urge to call and ask if you had yours yet. Just like I did every year. So, I guess I will just have to assume you didn't need one. I love you and miss you more as my life gets back to normal. It is not anywhere near normal yet and won't be for a while but it is moving forward.
October 9, 2007
It is Sunday. I didn't get to write yesterday. Sorry. The picture about which TJ wrote, I remember that. However, I believe it was in Inglewood. I will ask TJ to send me a copy so I can try to figure out where it was. My favorite picture of you is the one where you are leaning, one hand on the mantel of the fireplace, wearing a plaid shirt and pair of levi's. You were quite young then and I think you were posing. You were always good at that; posing that is. My second favorite is the Marine Uniform picture. I miss you so very much. I guess I just got used to talking to you everyday. Sheesh! I'll never forget the time you called me and said I hadn't called you for "what seems like days". I had spoken to you the day before but you had forgotten. I didn't bother to tell you that. I just apologized and made up some crazy story about which we both laughed. You know I was feeding you a "line" and it was fun.I wish I could explain how much you mean to me. Besides being an integral part of why I am here... it is just that you gave me so much. Not in material things but those things that matter the most. I love you. J
October 7, 2007
It is Saturday Morning
I have spent the last week carefully going through old family pictures and scanning many of them into my computer. It is wonderful to look at them, but it is even better to use the technology we have now to bring them back to the way they were the day they were developed. It is fun to see things that fading and age hide from you. Dad there was on of you standing in a living room, My guess it was in New Mexico, I wouldn't know as I was not born yet, that is how old it is. I never even noticed until I blew it up that in one corner Mike is on the floor messing with an old TV. I am sure it is the old Black and White that was moved into your's and Mom's room when we were kids. Danny and I would go in there in the afternoon and watch TV when you got home and the News (Yech) was on. 7 channels
October 6, 2007
I have had a pretty sad day today. I think it has to do with all of the finality of things. I have sent some things to Dan, TJ and Critter. I am sure they appreciate it as they said in their e-mails. I am missing you so very much and now Mom, too. Sheesh! I can't tell you the number of times I have flipped my cell phone open to call you. Just to remember you are not there. I will be disconnecting your home phone come the time I get your DC's. That will be a tough one. I love you! J
October 5, 2007
Hi Old Man,
First to Alan and Kathy; Thank you. It means a whole bunch to know you are friends and that you care.
Dad, I was thinking about all of the awards you received for work and I ran across a couple of performance appraisals you were given. All excellents. (Alan would have a joke about that) I had one like that. I mean just one out of 32 years of being appraised. You seem to have had many. I can say for sure I got my work ethic from you. Our father, the award winner. That should sound familiar to your children. We said that to one and other at times. We referred to you in many ways and that was just one. No doubt we love you and miss you.
October 4, 2007
I wish that I could be there to give some support. I have you all in my prayers.
October 4, 2007
I wrote an entry for yesterday and it didn't get posted. I guess I will call them to find out why not. Or I will e-mail them.
Things are getting done but I have had several times of sadness today. I really miss you. I got so used to just calling to see how you were doing and I can't do that anymore. As I said earlier, I can call from my heart.
Things are in a waiting period right now. We are waiting on DC's and other documents we need to close things out. I love you.
October 3, 2007
I found this little poem and even though you were not big on this kind of thing, I thought it was pretty cool.
In My Pocket
I have memories in my pocket. They rattle among the change.
My memories of you are treasures I carry wherever I go.
They are stored in bits and pieces, parts of a beautiful whole They give me comfort when I think I am alone.
Yes, I have memories in my pocket, like so much other stuff I keep there.
But of all the treasures I have, it’s the memories of you that are the most precious.
I love you and miss you. J
October 1, 2007
Hello, We are home. The ride was uneventful for having to stop in Wickenburg, AZ because I had a really bad case of the nerves. I just don't feel right leaving the house. I know it is because it is one more step to everything being final. It is not that your passing isn't final but it keeps hitting me over and over again. I miss you so very much and always will. I love you.
September 30, 2007
Great picture of all of you. I know Lloyd and your Mom will love it.
September 30, 2007
Jerrie posted a picture of all of us offspring. A pritty motly crew if I do say so. We had a very good time that night. I can's say that the rest of the patrons in that place were enjoying it as much as us. You would have loved it!
September 30, 2007
Here is shot of the four of us. You would be very proud of us for getting this picture made without anyone complaining. You did right by us.
September 29, 2007
Hi Rroyd, Well, I am leaving tomorrow and I won't be able to post until I get home. So this is it for a day or two.
I am ambivalent about leaving. I know I have to but I am not feeling really good about it. I have been here a month now and I need to be home but I have to face the finality of it all. Sheesh! I know I have said that a thousand times.
Today's memory, as I was cleaning the kitchen, was the time Mom put a lid in the sink full of water with the concave side down. It created a very strong vacuum and you had one heckuva time getting it out of the sink. I remember so well the straining and grimacing along with a few choice words not fit for print. You finally got the lid out of the sink full of water by prying one side up with a screw driver. I remember thinking how strong you were and what a hero you must have been to Mom. Had I known then what I know now, I would have realized you might have been a little ticked. Nonetheless, I will keep the strong hero memory. It is a better that way.
September 29, 2007
Having such a special friend in Jerrie all these years, let's me know what a special person Lloyd Kelley was. God bless,
September 28, 2007
Hi Daddy, First: Thanks to Jim, Linda Sue, and Gloria. The comments were wonderful. Daddy I have decided to make this book permanent sometime this year or next. So the comments are wonderful and needed. You should see your office. One can actually see the top of your desk. Not bad, eh? The estate sale will take place in early December. We have to wait for David to finish the addition. I will be here for that. Today is a better day but as each day goes on and my life returns to "normal", I find I miss you more and more. Oh how I wanted to call you about the people running the University of Columbia! AAARRRGGGHHH! Did you know you have about 600 paperbacks? Did you know you had about 300 DVD movies? My Gosh! You did have a ton of time on your hands. Al is still reading a book a day. He helps me when I need it. He is every bit as good a husband that I could have imagined. I know I should not tell on TJ. After all, we are in our 50's now,but he called me a twit the other day in an e-mail. Although I deserved it because I did a really dumb thing....Sheesh! Anyway, the reason I am telling on him is because I keep going back to the days when we were all little. I will never forget the time you and Mom went out for a while. You hid the reel-to-reel tape recorder behind the couch. We lived on San Antonio at the time. You played that recording back and I couldn't believe how we sounded. Patti tried to keep me and Mike under control in her "Sarge" way. We called her Sarge. Mike picked on me, I picked on TJ and Dan. Tj and Dan fought. We had a ton of energy. The best thing about this story is when I asked either you or Mom if you would do anything differently, you both said you wouldn't. I really felt loved when you said that. All in all we weren't so bad given some of the horror stories you hear today. I, at this late stage in my life, do so appreciate the love and sacrifices made to raise us all. Thanks! Love, J
September 28, 2007
Dear Lloyd I am so very glad I was able to get to know you better in the last few months and that we got to be friends. That I was able to be with your family and help out and give comfort where ever I could was very special for me. I am especially happy that Jerrie Kay and I became very very special friends because of the time we spent together with you.. I am glad I was there for you to lean on “even if you weren’t listing” Your friend Gloria
September 27, 2007
You can tell how much a person is loved by actions and words. Ahh my friend Ms Jerrie. You are one of a kind. My heart goes out to you girlfriend.
Linda Sue Croom
September 27, 2007
Did not Know Mr. Kelley, but have Jerrie for some years, and knowing her he had to a wonderful person and great man.
September 27, 2007
Here's the one of Mom.
September 27, 2007
Daddy, I thought you might enjoy the pictures I have added. They are my favorite pictures of you and Mom. Ah! To be young again.
September 27, 2007
Hi Daddy, I am missing you a whole lot today. I have good and bad days. This one has started on a low note. I think it may be because I am cleaning out your office. Also, I have put a couple of submissions in this book and they have not appeared. That bothers me. I found the cribbage board we used when we played all the time. I remember having such a good time. You were absolutely the best card player I have ever met. Al runs a close second. But you are far and away the best cribbage player among them all. I remember you telling me you participated in tournaments at work. I'm sure you played only at lunch and before work as you would never have played on Gov't time. I just wonder; did people quit playing because they could never win? Just kidding but I recall the only time you ever lost is when the luck of the draw wasn't on your side. Your strategy and brilliance kept you way ahead of the game. There are no words to express how much I miss you. I love you! Love, J
September 27, 2007
Good Morning Daddy, David has started the addition and I believe I will be heading home on Sunday. I found an article you kept about bottled water. It seems to me, sometime back, we had a huge discussion on bottled water and whether or not is worth the money. Of course it isn't but the convenience of it is beyond measure. The article was from March of 1998. Cool, huh? I almost have everything done except to sign the documents for JB Park and a couple of other things. I can't close a whole lot of accounts until your DC's are ready and that won't be until some few weeks from now. I'm sure you remember the unabridged dictionaries you had. Well, the original one that sat on top of the bookcase is now in Patti's hands. She really wanted it and by God, it is hers! Well, it brough back so many memories of the only sentence I thought you an Mom knew, "Look it up." I found myself doing that so often during my working years. Not just for words but for fixing whatever equipment needed repair at the phone company. I remember in particular Ben Rodriguez who would get so mad at me because I would show him the manual an tell him to look up the repair procedure. He would say, "You don't do it!" and I would say, "That's because I read the darn thing and know what to do." Apparently I learned my supervisory skills from you. I miss you so very much. There is so much going on I would love to discuss with you. Maybe later. David is here. Gotta run. Love, Jerrie
September 25, 2007
Dad, I thought you should know your son's are quite funny. We are all communicating very well. They can even spell. You would be SO proud.(Just kidding about the spelling part, Bro's). I was just thinking about the time we went to Laughlin. You paid for the hotel and everything. We went 'cause I wanted to go. You didn't gamble but you took me. A father-daughter trip. We had a good time. I remember you calling the casinos 'gambling houses' and you walked around with your glass of wine and you had on slacks and a shirt. You wore your corduroy jacket with the patched elbows (which I have not found yet). You looked quite dapper. We had a good time. And it is a most treasured memory that I have. I love how I can share that memory in this guest book.
September 22, 2007
Another long week has come and gone. A week made much shorter and much easier to handle by the phone calls and e-mails we have all shared. Most of them about you or just to laugh when we feel the least like laughing. I do know that you would have enjoyed them even if you didn't get all of the jokes. I miss you even more today.
September 22, 2007
Hey Daddy, David starts the addition on Monday. And I will be having an estate sale sometime in October. Nothing has to be done immediately. That is good as I am having trouble getting things done. I miss you very much. So much is happening right now and I really would like to have one of our discussions. Forgive me but I haven't watched Fox News with the sound off as you used to do. I just don't get out of it what you were able to garner. Funny part is, I need the sound. Apparently I like the bloviating more than you did. Say hi to Mom for me and to Mike as well. Oh! The weather has been beautiful. You would be sitting on the front porch in the evenings as it cools down at night quite nicely now. Sunday is the first day of Fall. A good time to be in Arizona. Love, J
September 22, 2007
September 21, 2007
I found this picture and thought you might enjoy it. I sure miss you. Today I am going to the gym. Then we are supposed to go to Museum of the Desert with Lois, Kenny, Joe, Andi, and Gloria. I'm not sure I want to do that since I still have so much to do. Then this evening at about 9:30 I am going to a community play with David and his mom. That should be fun. But it would bore you beyond tears, I know. I found a bunch of pictures of you accepting rewards for meritorious duty, exceptional work and other stuff. Those Generals had stars on their uniforms. I guess you really did talk to Generals and shuffled papers.
September 21, 2007
Hello again Grandpa. I guess they didn't like my long post so decided not to post it. Oh well. I'll sum it up: 1) Sorry I haven't posted here, nobody told me about it 2) I miss you 3) I probably won't be returning to Tucson, it's turned into a snobtown, a mini-LA if you will (no offense to my LA family). Not sure how one such as yourself managed to live there. 4) Andy's recovery is coming along just fine. Great, in fact. 5) I still haven't had the nerve to look through the photo albums. Too painful. 6) Say hello to my aunt, my grandmother, and my uncle for me.
Ok censors, I kept this one short, hopefully you'll post this one.
September 20, 2007
Howdy Old Man, Gosh, I really miss you! OJ got out of jail on $125,000.00 bail. I wanted to ask you about it so here I am. Things are good. I am so glad I have a great husband. I want to thank you for knowing that our marriage comes first. I know you wanted us to move here but you always understood that Al's well being came first. You should know your death effected Al quite profoundly. He had a great respect for you as you did for him. He has been incredible. He has been reading a book a day. Like you, he loves to read. I also want you to know about the nice text message I got from David. He wrote: I am so sorry to hear about Lloyd. I am happy I got the chance to know him. And especially the breakfasts and dinners the 4 of us had together. There was more but that was the important part. You are loved... a whole bunch Patti said something that was really great. She said, "Some of us grieve for the loss of a loved one and some of us grieve because we want the person back." I know she is right. I would want you back but you are with Mom and I would never take that from you. You are where you need to be.
September 20, 2007
Hi Grandpa. I've been going through memories since I heard the news. St. Louis, Coudersport, taking Rachel and I out to the Old Library because we "Looked too pretty to stay home". I've missed you over the past years. Say hi to Mom for me please. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.
September 17, 2007
Hi Daddy, It looks like Teej and I are the only one's writing right now. I think Patti and Dan will do it, they are just grieving differently. Tiger won the FedEx Cup. That kid is great. I really miss you. I get these huge waves of sadness that last a little while. Then I am okay. Like Teej, I reach for the good 'ol cell phone to call you and remember I need to call you from my heart. Right now it is all good. I love you Father Dearest!
September 17, 2007
Pop Like Jerrie, I wish I could have called you this weekend the way I would have in the past. Just to discuss the silly stuff going on. I can hear you grouse about OJ now. I have reached for the phone several times now. I think that may happen for a while
September 17, 2007
Hi Daddy, Well, it has been a week and it feels like forever. I wish I could talk to you about the OJ Simpson debacle from the news. It happened in good ol' Las Vegas. It's odd, but what happened in Vegas with OJ didn't stay in Vegas. False advertising if you ask me. I don't need to ask what your opinion is on this one... I'm sure I know. In any event, I really miss you and although God called last Sunday... I wish you were still here. Love, Jerrie
September 16, 2007
Good Morning "Old Man", I sure miss you. You are gonna love this... Fox news is giving your favorite news anchor of the female persuasion, Lauri Dehue, her own show. I received your flag for your military service. I am keeping it. I believe it is the essence of who you were and I treasure it. I cried and held the flag when it was given to me. Thanks for the patriotism and love of country you passed on to me. Love, Jerrie
September 15, 2007
Well I will try again
I am greatful for the chance to come out and see you. I don't know if you really knew I was there, but I pray that you did. Each hour that passes makes it a little harder. I catch myself wanting to pick up the phone and call you like I used to. I will miss my Father, my Teacher, my Student, and most of all my most true and treasured Friend.
Dad I love you and I will always miss you.
P.S Don't worry about Jerrie I will have lots of questions she can't answer.
This is a second try at this so there may be two.
September 13, 2007
Just so you know, everything is being taken care of. Pardon the grammar. I know you would have corrected me. I am adding a picture of you... Say hi to Mom.
Love, Daughter number 2
September 13, 2007
September 13, 2007
Hi Dad I hope that you knew I was there. I haven't let it sink in that you are not there to call. You have always been an anchor in my life, a light house when I was feeling lost or scared. It scares me how much I am like you in so many ways good and bad. It scares me even worse to think of the many ways I am not. You were a Father, a Teacher, a Student, and the butt of too many jokes between us kids. But most of all to me you were a true and treasured friend! I love you and I will always miss you.
P.S don't worry about Jerrie I have a lot of questions she can't answer.
September 12, 2007
Daddy, It was my gift to you, as Patti said, to be sure all of your wishes were honored. And I promise to execute the will as it is written. I will miss you for lots of reasons but the most prominent one right now is: Who is the heck is gonna call me and ask questions I can't answer? You were the only one who could stump me like that. I love you for that. Love, Jerrie