Clara Jane Kelley
May 5, 1920  -  February 5, 2008

Clara Jane Kelley

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Elmwood Funeral Home Chapel
5750 HWY 277 South
Abilene, TX  79606
Thursday, February 7, 2008
1:00 p.m.
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Eldorado City CemeteryH
Southland and Veteran Drive
Eldorado, TX  73521
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Windcrest Benevolence Fund
6050 Hospital Drive
Abilene, TX  79606

Clara Jane Matlock Kelley, 87, passed away Tuesday, February 5, 2008 in Abilene, TX after an extended illness. She was a resident of Windcrest Alzheimers Care Center since June 2004.

Clara Jane Matlock Kelley, 87, passed away Tuesday, February 5, 2008 in Abilene, TX after an extended illness. She was a resident of Windcrest Alzheimers Care Center since June 2004.

Funeral service will be 1:00 p.m. Thursday, February 7, 2008 at Elmwood Funeral Home Chapel, 5750 Hwy. 277 South with Chaplain Chris Allen and Chaplain Roz Thomas officiating. Interment will be in Eldorado City Cemetery, Eldorado, OK at 11:00 a.m. Friday, February 8, 2008.

Clara was born on May 5, 1920 to John and Maude Matlock. She was raised on the family farm with nine sisters and brothers between Apache and Anadarko, OK. Following the death of her husband Calvin Kelley, who was killed in World War II, she graduated from Southwestern State University in Weatherford, OK. She obtained a Masters Degree in Consumer Sciences in 1958 from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater. She has worked as a Extension Home Economist in Comanche County, OK in 1949, Carter County in 1970 and Oklahoma County in 1972 until she retired in 1982.

Mrs. Kelley was an active member of Meridian Ave. Baptist Church, Oklahoma City, OK prior to her illness where she organized the library and taught an adult Sunday School Class. She was active in several volunteer agencies in Oklahoma County such as AARP and the National Association of Mature People. In 1972 she appeared in Personalities of the South Whos Who and received the Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of Extension Home Economists.

She is survived by son, Ron Kelley and wife, Dirindia of Clyde; three grandchildren, Hope Willingham and husband, James, Chris Kelley and Sarah Womble and husband, Sam; three sisters, Minnie Kirklen and Jackie Fredrickson of Lawton, OK, and Alma Fette of Georgia; two brothers, Don Matlock and Leroy Matlock of Anadarko, OK; four great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.
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  1. Sam Shirley Womble
    Cuero, TX

    May your family find comfort in knowing others are praying for you in this time of sorrow. God bless you and keep you strong with beautiful memories of your mother grandmother.

  2. Marilyn Sebesta
    Wharton, TX

    Your family has been in my thoughts and prayers. I know that your mothergrandmother was a wonderful person, because she has such a fine family. Her godly influence will continue to be exemplified in your lives. I pray for your strength and comfort during the coming weeks.

  3. Linda Bobby D. Green
    Earth, TX

    So sorry about your loss, but I have to think how wonderful that Clara Calvin are together again. Isnt that wonderful
    Wish I could be there for you, just cant get away right now.
    Thoughts prayers are with you. Love, Linda

  4. Veta David Anders
    Greenwood, TX

    I loved Aunt Clara since I was a little girl and thought she was such a beautiful lady. Respected her very much. I am griefed for your loss, but know she is well and loved in the Lords House now. My twin sister, brother, and I will miss her.

    Love and prayers,

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