Sept. 5, 1954-Sept. 23, 2017

A service to celebrate the life of Mary Elizabeth Ellzey Kelley will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28 at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery near Florien.

The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27 at Blanchard-St. Denis Funeral Home.

Mary Ellzey Kelley, a resident of Natchitoches, passed away peacefully Sept. 23, 2017, in Houston. She was born Sept. 5, 1954, in Natchitoches to Walter Glenn Jordan and Gloria Lambert Jordan.

She was a 1971 graduate of Florien High School and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in history from the University of West Florida. Later, she earned her Master’s in Education from Northwestern State University and then the Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) degree in Educational Leadership and Instruction which provides certified teachers advanced knowledge and skills in areas of leadership, technology and special education. The degree is a minimum of 30-hours beyond her Master’s degree. Her working career consisted of teaching history at Marthaville Jr. High, as well as positions with Ed Vision, Scantron and McGraw-Hill.

Mary faithfully attended Robeline Baptist Church and was also a member at First Baptist Church of Houston. She loved fellowship with her church family. Mary was very proud to be a resident of Natchitoches and was a member of the Natchitoches Service League and also was a part of the Association for the Preservation of Historic Natchitoches (APHN).

Mary’s passions included horses, antiquing and spending time with her family and grandkids. Her greatest joy in life and the most important was her love for her Savior, Jesus Christ and spreading His word to all she met. We take comfort in knowing she is rejoicing in heaven today.

She is survived by her husband of 25 years, Alan Gregory Kelley. They were married June 6, 1992, in Natchitoches. She is also survived by her sister, Debra Jordan Dean and husband Jan; a brother, David Glenn Jordan; daughter, Amber Ellzey Dobson and husband Cory and their children, Connor Reid Collins, Payton Lane Dobson and Sophie LeAnn Dobson; daughter, Erin Ellzey Brachman and husband Marc and their children, Ethan Levitt Brachman and Ella Rose Brachman; daughter, Rachel Ellzey Proctor and husband Buddy and their children, William Joseph Champion, Annah Elizabeth Proctor, Albert Jacob Proctor IV, Kathryn Ruth Proctor; son, Kenneth James Ellzey and his daughter, Dinah Marie Ellzey; daughter, Rachael Kelley Lary and husband Ben and their children, Jake Grigsby Lary and Emma Lynn Lary; and her son, Nathan Gregory Kelley.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter Glenn Jordan and Gloria Lambert Jordan; and her first husband, William Dale Ellzey.