Celia Kelly

Celia Kelly (Taylor)

July 26, 1938 - February 16, 2020
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Marion Celia (Taylor) Kelly, 81, died peacefully on February 16, 2020, surrounded by her family in Tallassee, AL.

Mrs. Kelly was born on July 26, 1938, in Tallassee, AL, and preceded in death by her parents Lemma Lee Taylor and Daniel Benjamin Taylor both of Friendship, AL. And great nephew Clay Martin.

Mrs. Kelly is survived by a loving and devoted husband of 56 years, Howard Charles Kelly, also of Tallassee; a son, Ben Kelly and wife, Julie Kelly of Jackson, AL; her four grandchildren Ellen Alexander her husband Daniel of Gallion, AL and great-grandchild Christen Blaire Alexander; Elizabeth Kelly; Emily and Arie Zekri; and grandson John Kelly; daughter Heather Kelly Ernest and husband Mark Ernest; and grandson, Patrick Ernest, all of Tallassee.

Mrs. Kelly is survived by her sister and best friend, Jane Pilgrim, of Tallassee; her two nieces Leigh Clark of Loxley, Alabama and great nephew Mason Clark; niece, Christy Martin and her husband Neil Martin. Great niece Madelyn Martin and great nephew Ethan Martin.

Mrs. Kelly taught English and civics for 37 years. The majority of those years she spent at Southside Middle School. Mrs. Kelly also taught Sunday School, was a member of the adult choir, and was the church pianist for 40 years at Liberty Baptist Church. Mrs. Kelly lived her life serving others and showing God’s love wherever she went.

Mrs. Kelly’s celebration of life will be Thursday, February 20, 2020. Visitation will be at 10:00 am at Liberty Baptist Church with the funeral immediately following at 11:00 am. Burial will follow in the church cemetery, Linville Memorial Funeral Home and Crematory directing.

Linville Memorial Funeral Home and Crematory
Eclectic, Alabama

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    February 20, 2020 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    February 20, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am
    Liberty Baptist Church
    574 Liberty Rd
    TALLASSEE, AL 36078
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    February 20, 2020 | 11:00am
    February 20, 2020 11:00am
    Liberty Baptist Church
    574 Liberty Rd
    TALLASSEE, AL 36078
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Dr. Jim Jackson
  • Interment

    Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery
    574 Liberty Rd
    TALLASSEE, AL 36078
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Ray and Joyce Woodall

Posted at 03:57pm
Dear Heather and Mark: So sorry to hear about your mom's passing. I hear that she was a very sweet lady. Prayers for the family during this time and after. I know she will be missed by you and a lot of people who knew her.

Jim Alice Cullars

Posted at 09:56am
Celia spoke with such calmness and peace in her voice. She was very very smart and oh so kind to everyone. She loved her family dearly, every single one. She reached out in love and wisdom to each one. Students respected and loved her, they knew they had a true friend in Mrs. Kelly. Every student always had a fair chance with her. She was loved so much by her family and I know they realize their loss already.

Mary Beth jones

Posted at 07:20pm
A truly gracious, lovely Southern lady. One blessed with a talent to inspire children she taught, several of mine, as well. May her memory bring comfort and joy filled smiles. With sincere regard, Mary Beth Jones

deborah johns

Posted at 06:32pm
Too may wonderful memories to record in such a brief space. Celia taught my two oldest children, and they both loved her very much as countless other students did. She and I took grad classes together at Troy Montgomery where we shared our discouragement, laughter, and occasionally our tears over efforts to earn A's on those difficult, analytical writing assignments. Needless to say, we grew very close during these experiences. Celia was not only a wonderful teacher and friend, she was a dutiful wife, amazing mother, and faithful Christian. I know heaven is rejoicing to have her as a member. Praying for you all.

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