Virginia Salome Clark


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Virginia Salome Clark Kelley

Feb 24 1927 - May 14 2008

Virginia Kelley, age 81, passed into eternal life with her Lord and Savior on May 14, 2008, in Plano, Texas, after a lengthy illness. She was born February 24, 1927, in Eureka, California, the only child of Charles Frank Clark and Irma (Hunter) Clark, descendants of pioneers of the Mattole Valley in California. Virginia was raised in Petrolia, CA around her grandparents and many aunts, uncles and cousins. She moved to Eureka for her high school years and graduated from Eureka High in the class of 1945. Like many women during World War lI, she joined the War effort in Eureka working for Chicago Bridge and Iron Co. She married John Kelley on April 21, 1946, following his Navy service during WW ll. Virginia and John returned to the Kelley Ranch, west of Alturas, CA and raised registered Polled Hereford and beef cattle for nearly 50 years. They also operated Kelley Meat Company on the ranch. They had 2 children, Cheryl and Ron. Virginia was active in all the aspects of ranching, Farm Bureau and Cattlewoman organizations. She sold Cal-Farm insurance and worked for the Modoc County Department of Agriculture. Virginia served on the board for Western State Fairs. An avid gardener and cook, she loved raising roses and entertaining. She enjoyed traveling and was fortunate to visit many US cities as well other countries. Virginia was preceded in death by her husband John Edward Kelley. Due to her illness, Virginia moved to Plano, Texas in 2003, to be with her daughter Cheryl and son-in-law, Rob Swihart. She was able to experience the many activities, new friendships and events that the Dallas area offered. Virginia was a member of Christ United Methodist Church. A celebration of her life will be held at Christ United Methodist Church, 3101 Coit Road, Plano, Texas 75075, on Tuesday, May 20th at 4:00 PM with Rev. Abe Smith, officiating. A graveside service and interment will be in late July at the Alturas cemetery. Her life was a gift to her friends and family. They will cherish and remember special times with her. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Christ United Methodist Church - Living the Legacy or to the charity of your choice.
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