Kristin Railey-Kessling

February 25, 1948February 26, 2019

Kristin Lenore Railey-Kessling born February 25, 1948 in Washington DC to the late George Railey Jr. and the late Virginia Patrick Railey . A long time resident of Anne Arundel County since 1956 before moving to South Carolina in 2007. A graduate of Annapolis Senior High School in 1966. Kris worked for Woodward and Lothrop for 27 years. She enjoyed painting with oil paint. She also love traveling, snorkeling, dancing and history and she loved animals. Kris suffered with Parkinson's disease since 2001. She was the loving wife of the late Norman (Duke) Kessling. Kris is survived by her sister Myrl Kamm of Mayo MD, and Patricia Styles, Dennis Railey, and Sherrie Boarman of Rock Hill South Carolina, A stepdaughter Elizabeth Novak and 3 Step-grandchildren. Contributions to the American Parkinson's Disease Association are greatly appreciated.


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Sherrie Boarman

March 1, 2019

My sister was a shining star. She was her happiest when she had a paint brush in her hand. Her painting of the light house is exquisite. Her light will shine forever now in heaven. She enjoyed being around friends and family and one day we will all be together again. Kris you will be missed.

Cindy Strittmatter

February 28, 2019

I've always felt that Kris was my big sister too. I'll never forget the days when she would come home and see us sitting around the living room (Dennis,David,Sherrie and I ) and give us that "look" and shake her head. It still makes me laugh.
She was always quick with a funny comment or comeback. I loved her sense of humor. I loved her paintings. I remember how happy she was when she met Duke.
Most of all, I loved her, she had a sweetness about her that was all her own, she was always kind to me.
I don't want to believe that she's gone but I am.glad for her, she has a new healthy forever body in Heaven now and his with Mom and David and her Dad now and gets to live with God forever. We will see each other again, until then I will miss my "big sister".

Barbara Sullivan

February 28, 2019

I have known Kris most of my life, from elementary school to graduation from Annapolis High in 1966. We connected since at reunions, and at teas and special times with our classmates and friends. It was a joy to be able to spend special time with her during her work time and riding together to functions during her healthy years and later during her disabled years. I loved her paintings and have one on my living room wall of a shell she found on the beach in Belize. She had that shell in her home and I offered to buy it, but she wanted to paint another picture of it. During her stay in Annapolis with Duke with her illness, she told me he would sometimes help her draw straight lines for her paintings. It was sad to pick her up in her worsening condition, but she enjoyed our outings with friends, and kept her smile. I was sorry to have them move to Carolina, but know that they enjoyed their time together there. It was cut short by Duke's illness and passing. It was a joy to be able to visit with her during her last weeks here in Maryland. It was a devastating disease and a testimony to us all that we need to be thankful for our health and pray for those who are suffering. She is no longer suffering and with the Lord. Praise and thanks Kris, for your life long friendship.

Joyce Stansbury Perkinson

February 28, 2019

I am so saddened to hear that Kris passed. We have been friends since attending Mayo Elementary School . Having know her since grade school there are so many memories which will always be a part of my life. It is my sincere wish that her family holds tight to all the happy memories and adventures that each of you shared with Kris to help lighten your loss. I feel comfort knowing she is now at peace.

Myrl Kamm

February 27, 2019

My beautiful sister, You were always there for me. I will miss the laughing, the crying and the reminiscing. You were my sister by chance, my friend by choice. I wish we had more time together,but at least you are no longer suffering. I love you so much and will miss you always. Love Myrl

Patricia Styles

February 27, 2019

To my sister I can't believe you are really gone and Heaven is now your home. I know you're in a better place where you have no pain, no more a prisoner in your own body. I know you are at peace, but it would have been nice to have you here with us a little while longer. At least I have the memories and I will hold them close to my heart. You will be missed and loved forever. Until we are together again. God Bless You

Amy Robbins Salm

February 27, 2019

It was a pleasure to work with Kris at Woodies Annapolis. She was always smiling and had an infectious giggle. Peace be with her family. Know that Kris is smiling, giggling and dancing.