Mauryne Kelly

Mauryne Hensley "Reno" Kelly (Hensley)

Friday, January 26th, 1923 - Thursday, May 14th, 2020
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Mauryne Hensley Kelly, born January 26, 1923, in Bay City, Texas, joined her Heavenly Father on May 14, 2020. Mauryne was raised in Goliad, Texas, later moved to Brownsville, Texas, and upon retirement returned to Goliad. She married Joseph Harold Kelly in Rockport, Texas on August 2, 1942. Mauryne was known as Reno by her family and closest friends.

Mauryne attended Sam Houston State Teacher’s College after working as a teenager in high school at the Goliad County Abstract Title Company. She took the Civil Service Exam and began working at Foster Field in Victoria as a clerk, eventually becoming a supervisor. It was here she met Kelly who served with the Army Air Corps. She and her older sister Marge left government service to start their own title company in Goliad named Hensley Title Company. They sold the business in 1950, at which time she and Kelly moved to Brownsville. They lived in Brownsville for 33 years where they raised a family of four children. While living in Brownsville, Mauryne enjoyed activities in clubs and organizations including being president of the Cultural Arts Club, director of the Brownsville Jr. Arts Club, a member of Zonta International and square dancing. She was also a member of The Daughters of the Republic of Texas and First Families of Texas. She retired from Valero in 1983 as an Executive Legal Secretary. After retirement she worked for the Federal Emergency Management Agency traveling to places such as Guam along with several different states in the U.S.

Mauryne and Kelly returned to Goliad where they both lived out their years on the family ranch. They enjoyed the years of family gatherings with their children and grandchildren. She spent many years as a volunteer clerk for the Glendale Cemetery in Goliad, Texas; she was responsible for bringing the pencil and paper records up to the computer age. At the same time, she enjoyed playing bridge and dominoes with friends.

Mauryne was a dedicated member of her church, First Church of Christ Scientist.

She was preceded in death by her parents, James Madison and Verdie Elizabeth Hensley, her husband of 60 years Joseph Harold Kelly, son Robert Michael Kelly, sisters Marjorie "Marge" Mueller, Ruth "Peetle" Barnhill, Ruby "BeBe" Bianchi, and brother Wayne Hensley.

Left to cherish her memory are her children Pam Kelly Wade of Goliad, Steve (Robbie) Kelly of San Benito, Cecelia Kelly of Goliad and daughter-n- law Jackie Kelly of Whitney; her grandchildren April (Scott) Dunning of Fort Worth, Matthew (Jenny) Barker of Austin, Brandt (Theresa) Kelly of Denton, Kelli (Derrick) Johnson of Inez, Courtenay Kelly of San Benito, Meredith (Jerrod) Goff of Fort Worth and Chip (Ashleigh) Chipman of Fort Worth . In addition, she was a loving great-grandmother to her darling great-grandchildren.
Also cherishing her memory are nieces and nephews along with extended family members she dearly loved. All will remember and carry on her thoughtfulness and love for generations to come.

The family would like to thank South Texas Hospice of Victoria, Texas for their loving care of our Mom. Also, special thanks to The Dornburg Center of Compassion in Victoria, Texas for easing the transition of her last days.

The family suggests in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Hospice of South Texas or the Dornburg Center of Compassion in Victoria, Texas.

In memory of our Mom, Grandmother, and Great Grandmother:
Proverbs 31:30-31
But a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised.
Give her of the fruit of her hands,
And let her own works praise her in the gates.

Private services will be held at a later date.

Arrangements and services are under the personal care of Grace Funeral Home- Goliad.
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Juan & Lisa Bedolla

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Oh, where do I begin. Mrs. Kelly has always been a very cherished lady to our family. We felt the love she had for Linsay, Lauren,
Larissa and J.J . The smile she always had would melt my heart, Mrs. Kelly was & will always be remembered for her caring. Oh and them awesome oatmeal raisin cookies she made sure they got. We love you and will miss you Mrs. Kelly. May she rest in peace. And forever will be in our hearts.

Posted at 10:08am
Mauryne Kelly was my Sunday School teacher when I was in elementary and later high school. Her inspiration from the Bible and in Christ Jesus was an important part of my lifelong love of the Bible. She was also one of the swim club parents that looked after us at swim meets. She was always happy and helpful! A shining light! Much love to all her family❤️

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