Helen Maxine Kelso

June 13, 1922September 12, 2021

Helen M. Kelso was born June 13, 1922 in Hiawatha, Kansas. She was the daughter of George and Marie Fordyce. She was one of seven children born into that family. She passed away September 12, 2021 in Kearney, MO.

She was preceded in death by her parents, six brothers and sisters, her husband Maurice S. Kelso and her oldest son, Gary.

She is survived by her son Alan and wife Joyce Kelso of Kearney, MO; daughter Sandra Gallatin of Fremont, NE; son Brian and wife Nancy Kelso of Olathe, KS., and daughter-in-law Debbie Kelso of Pennington Gap, VA, 11 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and numerous nephews and nieces. Helen lived in Raytown for nearly 65 years before going to live in Kearney to be near Alan and Joyce. She was married to Maurice S. Kelso on June 24, 1942 in Hernando, MS.

Helen was a member of Spring Valley Baptist Church in Raytown. For over 60 years she served as the general Sunday School secretary for Birchwood Baptist Church in Independence, MO and Spring Valley Baptist Church in Raytown. Helen’s favorite way to spend time was to enjoy her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be Friday, September 17, 2021 at Spring Valley Baptist Church in Raytown, MO. Visitation is from 10-11 a.m. followed by the service at 11 a.m. Burial will be at Floral Hills Cemetery in Raytown. Memorial gifts to Spring Valley Baptist Church.

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  • Spring Valley Baptist Church


  • Visitation

    Friday, September 17, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, September 17, 2021

  • Committal Service

    Friday, September 17, 2021


Helen Maxine Kelso

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