Mary Jewell (Blaylock) Kelly

April 17, 1926 ~ April 24, 2020 (age 94)


Mary Jewell Blaylock Kelly, age 94 of Clarkesville, passed away Friday, April 24, 2020.

Born in LaFayette, Georgia, on April 17, 1926, Mrs. Kelly was the daughter of the late Paul Blaylock, Sr. and the late Jennie Jewell Robinson Blaylock.  Mrs. Kelly went to school in Hollywood and Clarkesville also attended Rabun Gap Nacoochee School when it was a two-year college.  She retired from Piedmont Automotive and enjoyed volunteering with Sharing and Caring.  Mrs. Kelly was a lifelong member of Ebenezer United Methodist Church and loved her church family.  In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by step-mother Viola Franklin Blaylock, her husband Samuel Ray Kelly, infant daughter Mary Elizabeth Kelly, brothers Paul Blaylock, Jr., Fred Blaylock and Frank Blaylock, as well as Jobe and Martha Franklin, who were very instrumental in her childhood.

Survivors include sons and daughters-in-law: David and Hye Kyong Kelly of Cataula, Fred and Lynn Kelly of Gainesville; daughters and sons-in-law: Sharon K. and Larry Cunningham of Quitman and Martha K. and Jonathan Cantrell of Hollywood; grandchildren: Robert Cunningham (Susan), Chris Cunningham (Kristen), McCree Simmons, Patrick Kelly, Adam Kelly (Hailen), Jennifer Stowe (John), Rebecca Kelly, Jonathan Cantrell, Jr. (Alisha), Courtney Tanaskovic (Rade) and Samuel Cantrell, as well as eight great-grandchildren.

In consideration of public health and safety, private graveside services will be held at Dillard United Methodist Church Cemetery on Sunday, April 26, 2020.  A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Ebenezer United Methodist Church, PO Box 2557, Clarkesville, GA, 30523. 

The family would like to express deep appreciation to the staff of Magnolia Hills and Habersham Home East, private caregivers and Dr. James Hamilton for the wonderful care they provided for Mrs. Kelly.

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Funeral arrangements by Hillside Memorial Chapel & Gardens, Clarkesville. 706-754-6256


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