Mildred Kelley

Mildred Kelley

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Mildred Todd Kelley, 90, of Anderson, SC passed away at the Rainey Hospice House on April 29, 2021 while in the loving embrace of her family.

Born in Starr, Mildred was the daughter of the late John William Todd, Sr., and the late Frances Gertrude McMahon Todd.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband James Harvey (Jack) Kelley, daughter Carmen Belinda Kelley Henderson, a son Charles Michael Kelley and her brothers, Junior, Lucius, and Ralph Todd.

She is survived by her sons: James, George, Bob, and David Kelley, 17 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

She was a loving wife and a homemaker for 66 years and above all else she put love at the center of her family and home. She enjoyed family gatherings, cooking and staying one step ahead of her children and grandchildren. She surrounded her home with flowers, favored the Iris and was known for her nurturing of the African Violets.

The kitchen table was her alter at home and she knew the best way to your heart was through some of your favorite dishes. She firmly believed in the principle " Full Table-Full Heart". We all remember the sustenance in the counseling, teaching, listening, and confessions as well as the meals that were served there.

For her, home economics embodied her day-to-day life, and it was often said that she knew thrift and could do a lot with little. She was characterized by others as, "that sweet lady", "a true friend", "a Godly woman", "thrifty", "caring", and "giving". Many called her "selfless", "generous - though she had little", "amazing cook - Queen of the Coconut Cake", "tough as nails", "a trooper", "strong and tenacious", and the one she would most approve, "welcoming - from the flowers outside to the hugs and the pies".

Mildred was very crafty which she learned from her mother and grandmother. She used her hands through generations to not only prepare food but to grow and preserve it, to make quilts, dresses, mend jeans, create art in embroidery, knit and bracelets.

Later in life she got a job in alterations at Belk’s department store. She quickly moved into the children’s department where she worked for more than 20 years using her experience with home and family to make many new friends and help others with their children’s clothing needs.

We all remember her loving, trusting, and giving spirit but she was also a daughter, sister, wife, mother and grandmother and it was often said "there must be a special place in heaven for a woman like her." Bless your heart sweet lady as you abide in that place today.

She was a member of Homeland Park Baptist Church.

Funeral services will be held at M.J. " Dolly" Cooper Veterans Cemetery at 2:00pm on Thursday, May 6, 2021, with Rev. James Strickland officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Callie and John Rainey Hospice House, 1835 Rogers Road, Anderson, SC 29621.

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    Thursday, May 6th, 2021 | 2:00pm
    Thursday, May 6th, 2021 2:00pm
    M.J. "Dolly" Cooper Veterans Cemetery
    140 Inway Dr.
    Anderson, SC 29621
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    Rev. James Strickland


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Andrea and Keith Henderson

Posted at 06:15pm
Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss... Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
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Leibeth Ford

Posted at 02:41pm
Bob, Shannon and family,
We are so sorry for your loss. Mildred was a precious lady. Please know you all are in our thoughts and prayers.
Jean Boyles & Leibeth Ford

James Kelley

Posted at 10:30am
The epitome of a true southern matriarch straight out of the pages of A folktale. Grandma Kelley left an impression larger than life and sweeter than even her award winning fruit cake. Her loss leaves a vacuum in the hearts of those blessed by her generations of wisdom and even loving scorn. She will be dearly missed but oh so joyfully remembered.
-Our love to the family.

Vanessa Burgess

Posted at 09:09am
Bob & Shannon,
I wanted you to know you are in my thoughts and prayers right now. Bob, I did not know your Mother but I do know how many times I have seen yours or Shannon's car at her home when visiting my own Mom and I know that you both loved and cared for her very much! What an honor it is for us to "watch after" our elderly parents!

Vanessa Rada Burgess

Shirley Junkins

Posted at 08:36am
David although I did not know your mother , just reading her obituary I can tell she was a wonderful caring person. My sympathy goes out to your family today and the days to come. We will not be able to attend her service because I have to pick up a child from kindergarten at 2:15. We love your family. May God Bless y’all. Shirley Junkins

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