Howard Etheridge Kelly

April 4, 1931March 5, 2011

Howard Etheridge Kelly, 79, of Houston, Texas died March 5, 2011 after a valiant struggle through a lengthy illness. Howard was the only child born April 4, 1931 to the late Thelma Cash in Sebring, Florida. Howard graduated Morris High school in New York in 1948. Not long after Howard joined the Air Force and also served in the Reserves. He later received a Draftsman license which allowed him to work his way through the ranks at IBM where he would retire as a Marketing Representative after 25 years of loyal service. After retiring he went on to careers as a stockbroker for Merrill-Lynch, insurance sales and his last job as a car salesman at Fred Haas Toyota. He leaves to cherish his loving memory his devoted wife, Mary Woodson-Kelly; children; Bruce Michael Kelly of Fort Wayne, Indiana; Kevin Jay Kelly, of Marion, Indiana; Grace Michele Nobles (Tommy) of Pflugerville, Texas; Kara Jena Kelly, of Pflugerville, Texas; E. Jonah Kelly of Houston, Texas; Josh Ballou of Bend, Oregon; Tammy Woodson-Gould (Elliott); of Houston, Texas and Jihad M. Abu-Dharr of Virginia Beach, Virginia; Mother– in-law Doris Woodson of Houston, Texas; sister-in-law and caregiver Beverly Woodson of Houston, Texas and a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren, family and friends. He also leaves to mourn special friends Wilma Lee and Audrey Berry and special thanks to Howard’s in- home nurse Susan and Dr. Dan Lotan of Intercede Health.


  • Visitation Thursday, March 10, 2011

Howard Etheridge Kelly

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Tommy Nobles

March 12, 2011

Seventeen years to the day of your departure form this journey, you escorted your most precious and beautiful production--your daughter Grace Michele-- down the aisle and entrusted her to our love and to my eternal committment.

Over the years, I always knew how you felt--there were no long talks--just 'that look' and your big, warm smile. It always assured me that I was doing OK.
And on the very few occassions when that smile was not there, I knew I had a lot more work to do!

I thank you and I will certainly miss you; and I promise that I will always seek your kind smile as my guide of your approval.

All my love,
your son--


Grace (Kelly) Nobles

March 12, 2011

A poem for our Father and Grandfather, A FALLEN LIMB
A limb has fallen from the family tree.
I keep hearing a voice that says, "Grieve not for me”.
Remember the best times, the laughter, the song.
The good life I lived while I was strong.
Continue my heritage, I'm counting on you.
Keep smiling and surely the sun will shine through.
My mind is at ease, my soul is at rest.
Remembering all, how I truly was blessed.
Continue traditions, no matter how small.
Go on with your life, don't worry about falls.
I miss you all dearly, so keep up your chin.
Until the day comes we're together again
-–Author unknown

Mary Woodson-Kelly

March 10, 2011

To my husband and best friend, the kindest and sweetest person I will ever know. I will love and miss you always.

Joyce Ballard

March 10, 2011

Grace and Tommy, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your families during this difficult time. I hope you feel God's peace amidst your sorrow.

Jeanette Washington

March 9, 2011

Grace and Tommy, I pray the peace and love of God will abound within you to keep and comfort you at this time. With my love and prayers you and your entire family.

brenda roberts

March 9, 2011

Grace and Tommy, May God Bless and keep you and yours at this time of sorrow. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Tami Woodson

March 9, 2011

Crossing the Bar

Sunset and evening star,
And one clear call for me!
And may there be no moaning of the bar,
When I put out to sea,

But such a tide as moving seems asleep,
Too full for sound and foam,
When that which drew from out the boundless deep
Turns again home.

Twilight and evening bell,
And after that the dark!
And may there be no sadness of farewell,
When I embark;

For tho' from out our bourne of Time and Place
The flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my Pilot face to face
When I have crost the bar.

By Alfred, Lord Tennyson
The Poetry Foundation

Ellen Smith

March 9, 2011

Thinking of you. Sorry for your loss.

Linda Pava

March 9, 2011

Grace, Kara and Tommy, I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers as you go through this difficult time.

Marion Medlock II

March 8, 2011

"Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted."--Matthew 5:4

God is with you through every moment of life--in every sense of loss and through every change in your circumstances. No one is ever lost to God. No matter what the cause of grief may be, the answer is always the same--God is your comfort.

Sorry for your loss.