Christabel Virginia Kelley

Christabel Virginia Kelley

KILMARNOCK—Christabel Virginia Kelley, 103, passed away on March 14, 2020. She was the daughter of the late James Gilliam and Emily DeShields Delano Conley.

She was predeceased by her husband, James Ware Kelley Sr.; her son, James Ware Kelley Jr.; her sisters, Emily Gertrude Gaskins and Lois Conley Rogers; and her brothers, David Augustus Conley, Samuel Gilliam Conley, Alvah Octavius Conley, Woodrow Wilson Conley and Benjamin Delano Conley.

Surviving are her son, Thomas Delano Kelley of Kilmarnock; five grandchildren, James Ware Kelley III of New York, Kimberly Kelley Seath (Drew) of Rowayton, Conn., Thomas Chilton Kelley of Kilmarnock, Hugh Campbell Kelley (Caroline) of Canton, Mass., and Thomas Hurst Kelley (Jennifer) of Richmond; nine great- grandchildren; one brother, James Pelham Conley (Hazel) of Remo, and one sister, Anne C. Bromley of Morattico.

Mrs. Kelley was a member of Bluff Point United Methodist Church where she sang in its choir for over 75 years and a life member of Historic Christ Church where she served as a docent. She also belonged to the Bluff Point Community League, Dividing Creek Association and Delano Kindred.

She was a past member for many years of Cobbs Hall Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Mary Ball Washington Museum and Library, Northern Neck Historical Society, Northumberland Historical Society, White Stone Woman’s Club, Indian Creek Yacht and Country Club and Kilmarnock Garden Club and was active in American Red Cross work.

Her love of history, genealogy and horticulture influenced her organizational memberships and her daily activities.

Services will be private. A celebration of life reception will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be made to Bluff Point United Methodist Church, Pt. Pleasant Road, Kilmarnock, VA 22482.

Currie Funeral Home LLC of Kilmarnock handled the arrangements.