Van Alstyne Library family files
True Noblewoman Laid to Rest Here Tuesday
Mrs. Margaret Steele Kelly, known to her many friends as Mrs. Mag
Kelly, passed on to the Heavenly home Monday at Ferris where she had spent
her fifty-five years. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon
at 2:30 the First Christian Church, which the pastor, Rev. Ken Brian paid
tribute to her sterling character and usefulness. Pallbearers were
Robert Fielder, Byron Whitaker, Zac Emerson, Fulton Emerson, Roscoe K.
Garver, and Alfred Baldwin. The remains were laid to rest in the
Van Alstyne Cemetery at the side of the grave of her late husband, J.L.
Kelly, who passed away in November, 1944.
Mrs. Kelly was born in this county on July 13, 1873. Her mother
died while she was an infant, and her grandmother, Mrs. Eliza McKinney
Milam, a daughter of Collin McKinney, took her and reared her with seven
other grandchildren. From her youth she was an active worker in the
Christian Church here, and with her husband continued the staunch devotion
until his death and, in her case until the debilitation of age prevented
Praised by dozens as the best neighbor they ever had, while others
tell that she did more in a quiet, easy manner than anyone they had even
known. Whenever anyone was in sorrow or distress or need, intuitively
she seemed to know it, and never failed to minister to them. Her
home was a mecca for the children of the community, and she always had
cookies, and something for them to play with. Many of them considered
her a second mother or grandmother.
Still another facet of this unusual Texan's character was collecting
historical data on Texas and this section. Too, she knew the genealogy
of most families for generations, and was consulted by hundreds wishing
to know more of their family background.
A great niece of Ben Milam of Alamo fame, she represented the true
aristocracy - the aristocracy of character. Her life brings to mind
what the Psalmist said, "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death
of his saints." One of these saints in the person of Mag Kelly has
gone to be in glory with her Savior throughout eternity where she no longer
is limited by physical frailty in the praise and service of the Lord.
Her only survivor is one son, Roy Kelly of Ennis.