Mary Leggett Kelley passed away peacefully in her sleep January 12, 2022 due to complications from dementia. A native Savannahian, she was born June 15, 1928 and was a graduate of Richard B. Arnold High School.
Mary was a gracious southern lady who loved her family deeply. She thoroughly enjoyed the beach (even though she could not swim), was an avid cook, a voracious reader and lover of tennis. A lifelong Catholic, Mary was a parishioner of St. Peter the Apostle Church on Wilmington Island. For a number of years, she volunteered at St. Joseph’s Hospital managing the gift shop. Mary also volunteered at the old Nativity of Our Lord School as well as Benedictine Military School and her church.
Mary was predeceased by her loving husband of 69 years, James W. Kelley. She was also predeceased by her parents, one sister, 11 brothers and a niece. She is survived by her son, Tim Kelley and his wife, stepdaughter and two “adopted” daughters – Kathy Rudd and Karen McBride. She is also survived by three nephews – Joe Kelley, Sean Kelley and Balder Elmgren – and three nieces – Robin Kelley, Ginger Best and Mary Burch – as well as several great nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, January 21, at 11 a.m., at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church, with burial immediately following at Greenwich Cemetery for family only.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the GHC Hospice Foundation, 7130 Hodgson Memorial Drive, Suite 201, Savannah, GA 31406 or the donations tab at www.ghchospice.com.
Mary Kelley was a most vivacious, kind and sweet lady at the gift shop at St. Joseph's Hospital where I worked. May God bless the family at this most difficult time. May she rest in peace. Prayers and blessings. Bonnie Delvers
- Delvers, Savannah, GA
We are saddened to hear of the passing of Mary Kelley. She was a strong Southern lady, quick-witted and soft-spoken. My family loved our visits with her and always enjoyed her stories. Condolences to her family. May she rest in peace.
- The Ebberweins, Savannah, Ga
Harold and I have known Mary for several years and spent many wonderful times with Mary and Jim. We will always cherish the memories that we made. Mary was a very special person. We are proud to have called her our friend. Mary, we pray that you are at peace now and with your beloved Jim.
- Harold and Carol Horton, Savannah, Ga
Our thoughts and prayers are with Tim and family. Aunt Mary was a beautiful lady. She was a large part of my life growing up. I wish we could be there with you to hold your hand and tell you “It’s going to be okay.” Just remember: Our parents are all together again. Love Anne and James
- Anne and James Byerly, Kansas City, MO
Services under the direction of:
Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Islands Chapel
- Mass of Christian Burial
- 11:00 a.m on Fri, January 21, 2022
- St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church
7020 Concord Road (map)
SAVANNAH GA 31410
- A private burial will be held