Fay Imogene Kelly
Fay Imogene Kelly, 84, of Silsbee, passed from this life on Tuesday, Jan. 7, while a resident at Pine Arbor Health Care Center in Silsbee.
Funeral services to remember and honor Mrs. Kelly’s life will be at 11:00 AM Friday, Jan. 10, at First Baptist Church in Silsbee, with the Rev. Terry Graves, with the Word of Life Church in Silsbee, officiating. Rite of Committal and Interment will follow services, where she will be laid to rest next to her husband in R. S. Farmer Memorial Cemetery in Silsbee. A gathering of Mrs. Kelly’s family and friends for a time of reflection and sharing will be from 5:00 PM until 9:00 PM Thursday, Jan. 9, at R. S. Farmer Funeral Home in Silsbee.
Born April 5, 1929 in Bessmay, to Clifford and Lena (Scarbrough) Darter, she was a longtime resident of Silsbee, and had lived in Buna prior to coming to Silsbee. Mrs. Kelly worked many jobs throughout her life, just prior to retirement she worked as an office manager and bookkeeper for Fagg Steel in Silsbee, and Franklin Steel in Beaumont.
She enjoyed spending time with her family, caring for her children, spending time with her cats, and many dogs she had throughout her life. She enjoyed feeding and observing the hummingbirds outside her window and front door, and prior to his passing, she enjoyed spending time at the lake with her husband. Mrs. Kelly was the rock of her family, being supportive of her husband in his ventures in providing for his family, raising, supporting and encouraging her daughters, and cooking and serving meals for her family and friends. Her daughters will fondly remember her pinto beans, turnip greens, and her fried cornbread, the favorite of the family. Mrs. Kelly was normally a quiet person; and her daughters will fondly cherish her always expecting she and them to have pride in their appearance.
Mrs. Kelly is preceded in death by her her husband of 50 plus years, Leon Kelly; parents, Clifford and Lena Darter, and her brother, Everette Darter.
Left to continue her legacy and cherish her memory are her daughters, Debra Kelly Atmar and her husband, David of Silsbee, Sharla J. Kelly Broussard and her husband, Greg of Orange, and Kayla L. Kelly Sheppard and her husband, Randy of Silsbee; five grandchildren, Rex Lee Atmar, Bobby Atmar, Joshua Atmar, Brandi Manasco and her husband, Tommy and Amanda Denmon; and her great granddaughter, Avery Perkins.
Mrs. Kelly’s family wishes to thank the staff of Pine Arbor Health Care Center in Silsbee, and the Staff of Altus Hospice for their care of Mrs. Kelly during her final months.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made in Mrs. Kelly’s memory to the Research Division at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, 1515 Holcombe Blvd, Houston, Texas 77030-4000,713-792-2121 or htt
p://www.mdanderson.org/, or in honor of Mrs. Kelly’s love of animals, please make a donation to any animal rescue and care facility of the donor’s choice.