Alice Mae Kelley
June 5, 1924 – November 23, 2018
Alice Mae was the oldest of four daughters, Alice Mae, Virginia Rose, Ethel Marie, and Mary Elizabeth, born in the small college town of Winfield, Kansas to Virgil and Ethel. Her father was a businessman, who owned an appliance store, and her Mother taught Home Economics and Cooking at a high school outside of town.
Alice Mae met Gail Kelley in elementary school and were destined to be together. Mom was a romantic and loved the movies. One of Dad’s three jobs was at the movie house where mom got to see sometimes three movies a week. Married at 18, dad was a soldier in World War II and mom worked as a bookkeeper. Eight years later they had their first born daughter, Gail Elizabeth before moving to Wichita, Kansas. Mom and Dad liked to go out to dinner and dancing in the days when jitterbug and big bands were the thing.
Daddy worked at Boeing and mom worked as a bookkeeper. After twin girls Sharon Marie and Karen Rose were born, Dad went on second shift so Alice Mae could go on working, which was unheard of in those days, but Alice went on to win National Bookkeeper of the Year, which was a high distinction in her career. Dad worked 35 years for Boeing that transferred us to New Orleans in 1965, where Hurricane Betsy flooded our home; to Wilmington, Delaware, where Gail Elizabeth fell in love with David Gillmer, and here to Seattle where we have lived for 40 years. Alice Mae’s grandfather William Morris and Uncle Albert were Methodist Ministers, so our faith in God and His Son Jesus Christ has always been the center of our lives. We said a prayer of thanks for our food at every meal, and prayed again for all of our loved ones at night. Grandpa Virgil was always taking a wagon or a doll to a child in more need or a meal to a family struggling with sickness or financial troubles and never missed a Sunday sermon. Mom studied religious studies in College and raised her daughters to cherish the Lord. Holidays, whether Easter, Christmas or Thanksgiving, were days rich in the passion of our devotion to our Lord and full of the knowledge of how truly blessed we were to have such a large, loving family. Alice Mae is survived by her three daughters, 24 grandchildren, and 7 great grandchildren.
Funeral Services will be held at Greenwood Memorial Park Funeral Home at 350 Monroe Ave. NE, Renton, WA 98056 on December 8, 2018. Viewing will begin at 10:00, with a ceremony starting at 11:00. The graveside ceremony will begin about 12:30 next door at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Renton. A reception will follow at the home of Casey and Jennifer Keil at 15110 SE 140th Pl, Renton, WA 98059.
It is with great love for you and our Lord that we honor this great daughter, sister, wife and mother, Alice Mae Kelley. She will be forever missed and forever loved.
- Steven Minalia Jr.
- Timothy Minalia
- Casey Keil
- Benjamin Glimer
- William Glimer
- Rob Krantz
- Visitation Saturday, December 8, 2018
- Funeral Service Saturday, December 8, 2018
- Graveside Service Saturday, December 8, 2018
Alice Mae Kelley
December 8, 2018
I could talk to my mom about anything. She never got mad, she gave great advice and she was very smart. She was always up on the latest fashions and she knew what was happening on all the news channels. She liked to stay up and watch old movies. I enjoyed her conversation so much that I would meet with my sisters at her place every Friday Night to watch Dallas. The cousins could play together and we didn't have to hire a babysitter.
Mom liked to celebrate all the holidays. She set a pretty table and was generous with her giving. She always took us out shopping and to lunch for our birthdays. She bought her grandchildren Bunnykins dishes and the girls always got a baby doll.
I enjoyed taking trips with Mom to Kansas, Oklahoma and Tennessee to see friends, sisters and cousins. I remember all the fun times we had making snow ice cream, sewing projects, swapping recipes and Gail dying mom's hair green. As these trips became too difficult for her I couldn't bring myself to go without her for fear she would find out and be sad. I've enjoyed sharing pictures with my cousins through social media to help hold on to that connection that she fostered and that I hold so dear.
As Mom's memory faded, with each visit I would always begin and end with a kiss on her cheek and "Mom, this is your daughter Sharon, and I love you very much." Now, I must say my final good-bye to my Mom. I know I will continue to talk to my Mom through-out the day, just like I do Carmen. I know I'll see them both again when it is my time to be held in the arms of Jesus and remain under his care.
Mom, this is your daughter Sharon and I love you very much.
December 6, 2018
I have many memories of Aunt Alice but what comes to mind first is how very proud she was of her family. She always beamed when she told us stories of her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. I miss hearing all the laughing and talking when all of those sisters got together.