Obituary – Arlene Kelly

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Arlene Kelly
Arlene Kelly

Arlene Kelly, 84, passed away peacefully April 27 with her family by her side.
“Artie” was born in Grinelle, Kansas, to Francis and Emma Holdforth. At the age of 4 she and her brothers and sisters moved to Fredericksburg, Texas.
While attending McNay Art Institute in San Antonio, she met and married Lt. Cornelius B. Kelly III. In their 61 years of marriage they shared 20 homes, countless travel adventures and raised seven loving children. After moving to San Marino in 1978, she became an active member of the community. She was on the board and held numerous positions in the San Marino Women’s Club, Garden Club and PEO.
She was a gracious, kind, fun-loving and generous woman who was loved and treasured by all that knew her.
Arlene is survived by her husband, Cornelius, and siblings Nadine Anderson and LeRoy Holdforth. She will forever be remembered by her children Sharon Styke, Debora Brawley, Diedre Gordon, Patricia Harris, Peggy Werner, Terry Kelly and Cornelius Kelly IV. Arlene will always hold a special place in the hearts of her 12 grandchildren and one great-grandchild who endearingly called her “Oma.”
The rosary will be said at Cabot & Sons Mortuary in Pasadena at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 7. A viewing will take place 30 minutes before the rosary. A Mass will be held in her honor on May 8 at 11:30 a.m. at Holy Family Church in South Pasadena.
The family asks anyone wishing to make a donation in lieu of flowers to please consider the Hillsides Youth Moving On, (323) 543-2800, ext. 223, Union Station Homeless Services (825 E. Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena 91104 or unionstationhs.org/help/donate) or City of Hope.

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