Mary Angeline (Angie) Kelley, 75, passed away peacefully at her home in Portageville, Mo., on Monday, July 9, 2018. She was born in Vinita, Okla., on February 27, 1943, the only child of Arthur Monroe Hunt and Violet (Carpenter) Hunt, who both preceded her in death.
Angie graduated from Nathan Hale High School in Tulsa, Okla., and attended Tulsa University. She was an inhalation therapist at Tulsa Osteopathic Hospital when she met her husband, Dr. Ralph H. Kelley. She attended UMSL, McKendree College, and received her RN degree at Belleville Area College, graduating as co-valedictorian. When her husband initially began his practice, Family Medical Center, in Nashville, Angie served as his sole staff – nurse, front-office, whatever was needed. After her children were grown, she periodically worked as a nurse at Dr. Kelley’s practices, FMC and Portageville Primary Care.
Angie was an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation and a direct descendant of Shawnee leader, Tecumseh. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Portageville (where she served as treasurer of United Methodist Women for many years), and a member of PEO. She was a life-long volunteer and philanthropist. Her greatest achievement was her family, and nothing delighted her more than spending time with her grandchildren. She enjoyed reading, theatre, movies, music (especially R&B), her pets, and spending time with family and friends. She had an incredible sense of humor and loved to laugh.
Angie is survived by her husband, Dr. Ralph H. Kelley of Portageville, Mo., and five children: Erin Kelley of Jersey City, N.J., and son, Jackson Mabrey of St. Louis, Mo; Dr. Harlan Kelley, wife Jeana, and daughters Ada Grace and Harper Jean of Durango, Colo.; Dr. Lexy Kelley, husband Dr. Chris Hoskin, and daughters Kelsey and Kyra of Stone Mountain, Ga.; Shawna Kelley Shelor, husband John, and children Sammy, Scarlett, Sebastian, and Sunday of Houston, Texas; and Dr. Zane Kelley and wife Megan of Flagstaff, Ariz., in addition to a host of treasured family and friends.
Graveside services officiated by family friend, Don Greenfeather, will be held at the Shawnee Cemetery in White Oak, Okla., on Friday, July 13, 2018 at 10 am. A traditional meal will be served for family and friends at the Shawnee Cultural Center at noon. Arrangements are by DeLisle Funeral Home in Portageville, Mo., and the Burckhalter-Highsmith Funeral Home in Vinita, Okla. In lieu of flowers, if wished, the family requests memorials be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, www.jdrf.org