Mary G. Kelly was born on June 6, 1937, in Chestertown, Maryland, the son of the late Charles and Blanche (Gustafson) Grussing. Mary passed away on January 31, 2024. She was raised around Chestertown along with many beloved cousins and lived on a farm with her parents and siblings until she got married. Mary’s favorite places growing up were Tolchester and Betterton and Ocean City. She worked as a secretary for most of her life. She worked in insurance in Chestertown. She married Donald Kelley in 1960, eventually relocating to Smyrna. Mary worked for Lees Travel Ware for several years then worked at Delaware State College in the Agricultural Department. A long-time Smyrna resident, she kept busy working at the Clayton Firehouse in the Auxiliary with friends who became family. She was active in Ewells St. Paul for several years then Asbury UM Church for past 40 years. She enjoyed traveling, visiting with family and friends and playing cards. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William Donald Kelley, her grandson, Tyler William Gebhart, and her sister Arvida Specht.

Mary is survived by her daughter Valarie Kelley and grandson Alec Gebhart, her brother. Charles (Sonny) and his wife Paula, brother-in-law Nelson Specht, and several nieces and nephews, including her special nephew who helped in looking after her Paul Kelley.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to Clayton Fire Company, PO Box 1050, Clayton, DE 19938.

– Submitted by Kevin Wilson