Bobbie J. Kelly

Bobbie Kelly, 83, of Waco, passed away Wednesday, February 6, 2019.

Wake: 5-7 PM Friday, February 15, 2019 at Lake Shore Funeral Home in Waco

Celebration of Life: 11:00 AM Saturday, February 16, 2019 at Toliver Chapel Missionary Baptist Church with The Rev. Dr. Jimmy D. Hunter officiating.

Viewing: one hour prior to the service.

Bobbie Jean Kelly went peacefully to be with the Lord on Wednesday, February 6, 2019.  She was born in Hewitt, Texas on September 8, 1935, the first of two children to the late Ishmon Edmonson Sr. and Olivia Richardson Edmonson.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Constable Jesse Kelly; father and mother, Ishmon Edmonson Sr. and Olivia Richardson Edmonson; one brother, Ishmon Edmonson Jr.

Bobbie attended Waco Schools and graduated from A.J. Moore High School in 1953. She earned her Bachelor and Master Degree in Guidance and Counseling from Prairie View A & M University, Prairie View, Texas. She was an educator and taught school over 38 years in Chilton, Hubbard, Waco, and Connally Independent School Districts.

Bobbie was introduced to the Lord at an early age and united with Toliver Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in 1947under the late Rev. O.L. Hegmon and remained very faithful until her health declined.  She loved to sing and was a member of the Sanctuary and Women’s Choirs. She was a member of Sunday School Class #3, served on the culinary staff for Bible School, and a long-term member of the Spirit of Phoebe.

Bobbie Jean or Queen “B” as she was affectionately called by her children, had a zest for cooking and baking.  Her favorite past time was watching The Food Network.  She would often cook her signature dishes for family and friends: Red Beans, Enchiladas, and her favorite, 7-Up Cake.She truly had a passion for the culinary arts and would often give advice on how to prepare meals. Everything she cooked was homemade! She enjoyed helping others and would often say, “ If you want me to cook or bake you something, just let me know, I don’t mind.”  Or, “I have done my good deed for the day!”

Bobbie leaves to cherish her precious memories: her loving and devoted daughters, Kelva A. Kelly of Sugar Land, Texas, Sherry Jamerson (George) of Houston, Texas; two sons, Darrell Kelly of Mansfield, Ohio, and Larry Kelly of Austin, Texas; five grandchildren, Michael D. Gibson, Sr., (Sherrell) of Houston, Texas; Sirika Clayton of Euless, Texas; Darrell Kelly II of Houston, Texas; Germaine Jamerson (Erika) of Houston, Texas; Kennedy Kelly of Marion, OH; 10 great grandchildren; a devoted nephew, Howard Alexander Jr.; devoted friends, Mrs. Henrietta Napier, Mrs. Ann Rector, Mrs. Barbara Carter, Mrs. Minnie Pearl Thomas, Mrs. Rosetta Hooks, and Nancy Vidrine; a host of nieces, nephews, and other family members, and friends.

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Condolence Messages

  1. My condolences to Kelva and her family. Mrs. Kelly lived a wonderful life and touched many lives. May she rest in heaven.

    Robert Williams

  2. Dear Kelva:

    May God continue to give you wisdom and strength. Your yourself,family and friends were truly bless to have her in your lives as God promise those 70 scores plus. Remember Kelva those sweet memories.

    Love you & In my prayers

  3. Sandra & Darryll Thomas

    Kelva and family, so sorry for your lost. May loving memories of your Mom provide comfort. We send you our prayers and encouragement.

  4. Our prayers for the family as you mourn the loss of your loving mother and grandmother. May God’s peace be with you during this very difficult time. -Pete L.

  5. Mr Lusajo Kasyupa Sr

    Dear Sis Kelva and Family
    We your ST. LOUIS -MISSOURI Family are with you in spirit and are lifting you up fervently in prayer.
    May the Lord be your glory, your shield and the lifter of your head.
    With love,
    ~The KASYUPA Family (Lusajo Sr and Shay) & children.

  6. My heart felt condolences at this sad time. May the lord bring you comfort. “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever” Psalm 73:26

  7. Kelva, I am so sorry for your loss and hope you can celebrate the memories and a great legacy. She raised a wonderful daughter! May you be lifted up through the prayers, love, and support from your friends and find God’s peace through this difficult time.

  8. I am so sorry to learn of the passing of Ms. Kelly. She taught both of my sons in fifth grade at Connally, and over those two years, I grew to consider her a friend. I know she will be missed.

  9. So sorry for your loss. Mrs. Kelly taught me in Hubbard and later taught my daughter at Connally. She touched many lives. May she rest in peace.
    Emma Johnson Brackens

  10. Dwayne & Sheila Johnson

    We are so sorry for your loss. Just lean on God and he will give you strength to make it thru this difficult time.

    Dwayne and Sheila Johnson

  11. Lois Jacqueline Cotton McDowell

    Our deepest condolences to you Kelva and your family. Mrs. Bobbie will be missed. Rest In Peace. Heaven has gained another angel. Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal. The Cotton, McDowell, Curtis and Foster Families 🙏🏽🥰

  12. Very kind lady….She was my Aunt’s neighbor (Shirley Fowler) for as long as I can remember. Rest in heaven.

    Tonya Scott

  13. Raquel Jones and Family

    My deepest condolences to you and your family. May God continue to keep you wrapped in in love and peace.

  14. Joyce Buhl Bridges

    Prayers to you and your family. Saddened to hear of your loss and praying for comfort and peace. May God’s blessings continue.


  15. Sheree Baldwin-Muhammad

    Kelva, my prayers go out to you and your family on the passing of your dear mother. May the memories of her warm your heart and bring you joy in the midst of sorrow. May the Lord comfort and keep you today and for years to come knowing that your mother is absent in body but always ever present in your heart.

    Love, Peace and Blessings to you all.

  16. Prayers for the family! I will truly miss her. You will never be forgotten. Always in my heart. Rest now sweetheart.

    Love always,

  17. Kelva, it is with deepest sympathy as you remember and celebrate the remarkable life of your mother. Our family is keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless. Rest in Heaven..Mrs. Kelly.

  18. Billie Maxwell and Family

    Prayers and fond memories are what we have to remember our dearly departed. May the love of family and friends comfort you now and always . Mrs. Kelly was a kind woman. My most heartfelt condolences. God Bless.

  19. Bobby was s special person. I taught with her for several years and appreciated the way she worked with our students. For several years, Bobbie, Charlotte Lindloff, Margaret Brown, and I went out to eat lunch and share special times together. Lots of laughing and remembering past times. She will be missed!

  20. Kelva,

    Love and sympathy.

    Frances Lanier and family

  21. Kelva,

    Love and sympathy.

    Frances Lanier and family

  22. Alecia Bilton-Ward

    You and your family have my deepest sympathy in your loss. I know that you were a devoted daughter and that your Mother felt special and truly loved by you and your siblings.

  23. Kelva,
    Complete condolences to your family and we will be praying for peace through this process. God is a great God and though there may be grief on this earth, there is rejoicing in Heaven for what sounds like a great woman.

    Jon Lee

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