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Patsy Kelley went home to be with her Heavenly Father and her beloved husband, Leland, on May 18, 2016, after a long illness.Visitation will be from 5:00p.m. to 7:00pm. on Friday, May 20, 2016, at Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home, 5701 Hwy 277 South, Abilene. Funeral services will be held at Elliott-Hamil Funeral Home on Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 1:30p.m. with burial following in Elliott-Hamil Garden of Memories Cemetery. Pat was born on March 16, 1930, in Dallas, Texas, to Henry May and Juanita Lee May. She met her late husband, Leland, at church in Dallas, when they were teenagers; they married on July 8, 1949, and moved to Abilene so that he could attend Hardin Simmons University. Pat loved to tell that "she barely graduated from high school due to a lack of motivation", but after her two children were enrolled in grade school, she announced to the family at the dinner table one night that she had enrolled in college. She diligently pursued her studies and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Hardin Simmons University when she was 40 years old. She was a beloved Speech Therapist in the Abilene Independent School District. Upon her retirement, Sam A. Thomas Elementary dedicated its yearbook to her in honor of her outstanding service. Pat was a member of the Abilene Women's Club, Delta Kappa Gamma, the Board of Abilene Teachers Credit Union, Hendrick Medical Center, the Alumni Board of Hardin Simmons University, and served as President of the Abilene Classroom Teachers Association. Pat was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Alpha Dee Spears; and her husband of sixty-one years, Leland Kelley. She is survived by her two children, Sandra Coke and her husband, Buddy, of Odessa, TX, and her son, Lee Kelley and his wife, Bonnie, of San Antonio, TX; five grandchildren, Ty Coke and his wife Tonya, Brady Coke and his wife Lindsey, Haley Coke Foreman and her husband, Craig, Kelley Coke and Richard Kelley; and six great-grandchildren. Pat, although her achievements were many, had no greater love than for her Lord Jesus and her family. Her grandchildren will spend their lives telling others that they had the GREATEST GRANNY PAT in the world. Anyone who knew her well will recall the summers when she kept all five of her grandchildren at the same time and drove them around the State of Texas in her bright red minivan!
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Home Hospice of Odessa, 619 N. Grant Ave., Ste. 120, Odessa, TX 79761 or Hendrick Medical Center, 1900 Pine Street, Abilene, TX 79601.
















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