Wanda J. Kelly
Wanda J. Kelly
January 15, 1946 - December 31, 2019


Wanda J. Kelly, 73, of Palatka passed away Tuesday, December 31, 2019 at Flagler Hospital in St. Augustine following an unexpected and brief illness.

Wanda was born in Gauley Bridge, West Virginia and had lived in Palatka for three years after relocating from Ohio. She was a beloved mother, grandmother, homemaker, and friend. She was a member of the United Pentecostal Church of Palatka and had been a member of the United Pentecostal Church International since 1993. She was a generous person who made it her mission to help those in need, especially those who were less fortunate than most. She personally guided many through the process of obtaining government services and benefits helping them to establish stability, improving their quality of life, and ensuring they knew they were not alone.

Since becoming a member of the church in 1993, she tirelessly did fund raising in a variety of ways, including making candy on every holiday (such as her famous peanut butter filled chocolate Easter eggs). At the church in Mt. Sterling, Ohio, she established and managed a food pantry and organized many community dinners, meal delivery for the homebound, and annual Christmas Gala’s that served to feed the hungry and provide gifts for children in need.

We are a blessed family having been given the time we had with her here on this earth, and we sincerely appreciate her selfless sacrifices, the many meals that her hands prepared (including those of which we were never quite able to identify), her uncanny ability to always have cash on hand (we have been diligently searching – seriously, if anyone knows her secret hiding place, our family would love to hear from you), her always-ready words of advice such as never trust the government, Big Brother can see and hear everything on your cellphone, the amazing properties of vinegar and castor oil to treat toenail fungus, skin irritations, constipation, and bladder infections, and special advice to her granddaughters, “Marry a man who makes good money and is hardly home.” Additionally, the handwritten notes in her Bible such as, “Holiness is defending the helpless and protecting those that cannot protect themselves” are words that we will strive to live by. Her heartfelt life lessons and advice will be sorely missed.

She was preceded in death by her husband and father of her children, Darrell S. Kelly; her mother, Sylvia Mae Coleman (Hicks); three brothers: James Wesley Coleman, Elmer Coleman, and Robert Coleman; and sister, Barbara Gray.

She leaves behind her much loved and adored 97 year-old father, Herbert Elmer Jackson Coleman; her son and daughter-in-law, Darrell Wesley and Tami J. Kelly; her daughter, Deborah Ann DeBord (Kelly); granddaughter, Kellie J. DeBord; granddaughter and son-in-law, A.J. and Sylvia Moody (DeBord); brother, William Coleman; sister and brother-in-law, Linda and Melvin Gray; brother-in-law, Bill Gray; sister, Maryann Young, and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Funeral services will be 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at Masters Funeral Home in Palatka, Florida with Rev. James Coombs officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow in Palatka Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the United Pentecostal Church of Palatka, 1105 South S.R. 19, Palatka, FL 32177.

Messages of sympathy or encouragement may be expressed in her online guestbook at www.themastersfuneralhomes.com.

Masters Funeral Home of Palatka is in charge of arrangements.

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