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MARY E. "BETSY" KELLEY

October 11, 1947 — May 10, 2019

Mary Elizabeth Bivings Kelley, 71, known to the world as Betsy, passed away on May 10, 2019, with her family by her side.  Funeral services for Mrs. Kelley will be held on Monday, May 13, 2019 at 6:00 PM at Friendship United Methodist Church with Rev. Nate Lehman and Dr. Raymond Guterman officiating.  Interment will follow in Friendship Memorial Gardens with Jim Jernigan, Alex Jernigan, Trowell Jernigan, Bill Spooner, Scott Spooner, and Dr. Charles Walker serving as active casketbearers.  Honorary casketbearers will be Jordan Trawick, Jeb Burke, and Tanner Trawick. Visitation will be held from 2:00-4:00 PM on Sunday afternoon, May 12, 2019 at the Chapel of Evans-Skipper Funeral Home.  In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Seminole County Warpath on Cancer or the Friendship United Methodist Church. She was born to the late Charles (Windy) Bivings and Mary Bivings, on October 11, 1947.  She was a graduate of Seminole County High School and taught in its school system for over 30 years.  Many former students affectionately still refer to her as “Miss B Kelley”.  She served as the first choreographer of the Seminole County High School Show Choir, an influence that will continue to flourish for years to come.  She continued to teach Sunday School for her beloved Grace Class and served on several committees at Friendship United Methodist Church until her health suddenly declined.  She married Grover Kelley in 1969, and they have lived in Donalsonville, Georgia most of their lives.  Betsy was a champion for the arts and education, and considered herself a life-long learner.  She loved music, a love that she shared with her husband and a passion that she passed on to all her children and grandchildren.  She was immensely proud of her family, and leaves behind nothing but beautiful memories.  Mrs. Kelley is survived by her husband, Grover Kelley; her three children, Vince, Maribeth and Kathryn; a son-in-law, Jeremy Burke; and five grandchildren, Jobeth and Mary Kate Kelley, Jeb Burke, and Jordan and Tanner Trawick.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles (Windy) Bivings and Mary Bivings and her beloved son-in-law, Brad Trawick. 
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