Betty Ann Kelley, 72, of Orange, passed away Monday, Oct. 12, 2009 at Baptist Hospital in Beaumont. A gathering of family and friends for a time of reflection will be from 5 p.m.. until 9 p.m., Wednesday at Dorman Funeral Home in Orange. A service to celebrate and remember her life will be at 2 p.m., Friday, Oct. 16 at Wilbert Funeral Home in Plaquemine, La. Officiating will be Mrs. Kelley’s nephew, the Rev. Ralph Doiron, pastor of the Faith Tabernacle in Bayou Sorrel, La. Interment will follow services in the Grace Memorial Park in Plaquemine. A gathering of family and friends will be from 9 a.m. until service time at Wilbert Funeral Home.

Born on April 11, 1937 in Bayou Sorrel, to parents, Edward Theriot Sr. and Hilda (Ashley) Theriot, she had been a resident of the Orange area since 1962. She married Darby Joseph Kelley Sr. on Oct. 11, 1952 in Bayou Sorrel. She worked as a manager for both Gary’s and M. J.’s Cafes in Orange and she was of the Baptist faith. Mrs. Kelley was a loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother who loved each of her family members in her own special way. She could often been seen cooking, swinging on her porch, enjoying a cup of coffee and watching the humming birds.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her son, Perry Kelley Sr.; sisters, Evelyn Doiron, Marion Verrett, Linda Theriot and Laura Haydell; brothers, Bruce Theriot, Donnie Theriot, Eddie Theriot Jr., Martin Theriot, Warren Theriot, Jerome Theriot and Dallas Theriot.

Those who will most cherish her memory are loving husband of 57 years, Darby Kelley Sr. of Orange; daughters, Jill Hull and husband Paul Sr. of Marrero, La. and Kim Prater and husband, Jim of Orange; sons, Jimmy Kelley and wife, Cathy of Plaquemine, Darby Kelley Jr. and wife, Donna of Petersburg, Neb. and Terry Kelley of Orange; sisters, Sarah Simpson, Charlene Bergeron and Gail Persilver and husband, Gerald all of Plaquemine; brother, Everett Theriot of Plaquemine; nineteen grandchildren, twenty-three great-grandchildren. Betty is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.