Anna Ruth Stone Kelley, 85, of Hamburg, died April 15, 2021 in San Francisco, California.
Mrs. Kelley was a lifelong resident of Hamburg and attended Hamburg High School where she played basketball and was voted All-Star Player one year. She was a member of many gospel and country bands. She once went to Nashville with the Ashley County Harmonettes to record a gospel album. She played many instruments, but her favorite was the piano. She played for many years at Shiloh Baptist Church.
An active member of the First Baptist Church, Mrs. Kelley loved her church family, especially all the little ones who passed through the nursery in the 25 years she served as nursery coordinator. She was a wonderful cook who took such pride in serving her chocolate pies and cakes. She looked forward to traveling around the world with her son and her friends and she was always on the go doing her favorite things, from playing bunco, shopping, camping, having her hair fixed, going to Branson and spending time with her group of lifelong friends.
Mrs. Kelley loved her family with every beat of her heart. She was the best wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and Nana.
She was preceded in death by the love of her life for 60 years, Hurshel E. Kelley in 2012; a son, Marion Kelley in 2005; her parents, Robert and Ruth Douglass Stone; two sisters, Mary Blanche White and Robbie Aryllis Fleming and a brother, Douglass Van Buren Stone.
She is survived by a son, Scott Allen Kelley of San Francisco, California; three grandchildren, Angie Rambo and husband, Courtney, of Hamburg; Marion Kelley and wife, Stephanie, of San Antonio, Texas and Joshua Barker Kelley of San Francisco, California and five great-grandchildren, Cooper Rambo, Thayer Rambo, Tallulah Rambo, Charley Kelley and Augustus Kelley.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 24, at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church with Dr. Bobby Pennington officiating. Burial will be in the Flat Creek Cemetery.
Pallbearers are Cooper Rambo, Courtney Rambo, Al Ray Taylor, Norman Higginbotham, Austin Fitts, Curtis White, and Robert Stone.
Visitation will be Friday from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Jones-Hartshorn Funeral Home in Hamburg.