Ann Black KELLEY

October 24, 1943April 19, 2021

Ann Black Kelley of Hueytown, AL died April 19 after a three-year fight with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis.

She was born Oct. 24, 1943 in Birmingham, AL, grew up in Central Park and graduated from West End High School in 1962. She attended Rhodes College where she was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority, but graduated with a nursing degree from St. Vincent’s Nursing School.

She married Phillip Kelley in 1964 and they remained married until his death in January 2001.

She worked as a school nurse at North Highlands Elementary School, then as a registered nurse at St. Vincent’s Hospital for 20 years. She also worked as a research nurse at UAB’s Lung Health Center.

She volunteered with the Salvation Army of Greater Birmingham. She was also active in several online communities dedicated to lung disease education and support, sharing her expertise on lung disorders (including her own) and giving comfort to other members.

She lived for more than 50 years in the same house in Hueytown. She enjoyed caring for others, spending time with family and volunteering. She especially loved animals and had a parade of rescue dogs from the 1970s onward.

She was a member of three churches over the course of her life: Central Park-Ensley Presbyterian Church, First Presbyterian Church of Bessemer and Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Phillip Kelley, and her parents, George and Marylou Black. She is survived by her sister, Jane Boren (Terry); three sons, Bryan, Kevin and Sean; three daughters-in-law, Margaret, Rhonda and Patti; and six grandchildren, Cailin (Xan Strickland), Will, Nik, Elise, Autumn and Graeme.


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Ann Black KELLEY

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Carol Johnson

April 25, 2021

Ann was the school nurse at North Highland Elementary School and shared a space in the gym with me. She was such a blessing. Additionally, I taught all three of her boys-Bryan, Kevin and Sean and we all survived! I attended some of the events for the Salvation Army. She was such a loving servant. I send condolences to the family and other friends. We will greatly miss her. RIP Ann.