Jennifer Kate Kelly

June 30, 1985February 17, 2021

Jennifer Kate Kelly, 35, passed away on February 17, 2021 in Oxford, Mississippi. Jennifer was born in Greensboro, North Carolina on June 30, 1985 to Michael E. and Donna H. Kelly. She graduated from Page High School in 2003 and went on to graduate cum laude from the University of Georgia with degrees in Spanish and Journalism. After studying and living abroad in Valencia, Spain, Jennifer was fluent in Spanish, and she continued her passion for the Spanish language upon her return to the United States.

Jennifer lived in many different places during her lifetime, and she often became involved in planning, advertising, and managing community events for a wide variety of programs addressing needs in the community. While she was a student at the University of Georgia, she was especially invested in Nuçi’s Space, an organization that provides care, guidance, and other support for musicians struggling with depression and other mental health issues. Jennifer was a beautiful singer. She enjoyed yoga, baking, and walking her beloved dog Tucker. Surviving are her fiancé Shane Stafford of Huntsville, AL, parents Michael Kelly (Marsha Mayer) of Greensboro and Donna Kelly (Tom Bibby) of Todd, sister Mary Kristen Kelly (Maria) of Raleigh, stepsisters Tyne Bibby (Rob Thompson) of Gibsonville and Morgan Wise (Zack) of Charlotte, and stepbrother Tim Bibby (Amy) of Arden. She was a loving aunt to nephews Michael, Theo, Mitch and Will, and nieces Caroline and Mika. She was a devoted dog mom to her constant four-legged companion Tucker. She is also survived by her uncle Allan Huneycutt, who was able to visit with her and provide support often when she returned to Greensboro and Todd over the years, and by many other aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends who loved her dearly. A private family service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider making a donation in her memory to one or several of the many organizations that are working to combat addiction and addiction-related illnesses. Jennifer’s life ended too early, and it is our hope that more research and development of treatment methods will help to save others who are struggling.

Among others to consider, donations may be made to the following organizations: Nuçi’s Space: 396 Oconee Street, Athens, GA 30601, and National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, Financial Management Branch –Gift Fund, National Institutes of Health, 6700B Rockledge Drive, Room 1336, Bethesda, Maryland 20892-6902. Remembrances of Jennifer may be shared by visiting


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JoAnne Vadeboncoeur

March 5, 2021

Jennifer you have left This World way too early. Miss my friend, I pray for your soul, LOVE

Andre Valdez

March 5, 2021

I remember when we first met with her contagious beautiful smile she just made you feel important. I am so grateful for the many laughs and cries we shared. She wanted the very best for everyone she came in contact with.
I'm still in shock everyday I cant talk to my sweet friend.
She does leave a legacy behind- one that I and others should strive for. Fly high sweet friend! Love you always!

Deja G

March 2, 2021

Rest on sweet Jen!!

Judi Rossabi

March 1, 2021

Dear Donna and family,
Sending deepest condolences on the loss of your beloved daughter.

Jamie Johnson

March 1, 2021

I’m in utter shock. Jen and I became fast friends just a few months ago. We texted each other a great deal and shared many ideals and had many conversations. I can’t believe she’s gone. It’s all so surreal. She was a wonderful, wonderful human being. Requiescat in Pace, sweet friend.

Elinor Carbone

February 28, 2021

I am so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. I am so glad I had the best time meeting Jennifer a few years ago. She was a beautiful, and so sweet. I'll always remember her fondly. All my prayers are with you at this time.

Susan Webster

February 28, 2021

Blair and I are so sorry. We know how much Jennifer is loved and can only imagine how much she loved those around her too. As you move through this time, and celebrate her life through your lifetime, we wish you peace and the comfort of family and friends. Susan Webster

Zeek and Pam Zimmerman

February 28, 2021

Jennifer was a bright, compassionate young woman who touched so many lives. We are very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

Shirley Stroupe

February 25, 2021

Disbelief! Our family is saddened to learn about Jennifer Kelly's passing. The Stroupe family is sending prayers to the family of Jennifer Kelly. May you find strength in wonderful memories of her life experiences.

Susan (Rierson) Hines

February 25, 2021

Donna, I don't even know if you will remember me. I worked in the library at Peeler part time and you were always helping me as a volunteer. I remember you talking about taking the girls to see the Nutcracker. I am broken hearted to hear this news. I just wanted you to know I was thinking of you and your family. Love, Susan