Brenda Kaye Kelly, born July 24, 1953, in Houston TX, passed from this life on January
27, 2022 at Christus St. Michael Health System in Texarkana TX. She was 68 years old.
Brenda is preceded in death by parents Arthur James Kelly Sr and Myrtle Pauline (Blake)
Kelly; brothers Michael Thomas Kelly and Patrick Lee Kelly; sister Suzanne (Kelly)
Collins; aunt Faye Woodson; father-in-law James Mericle and mother-in-law Lottie
Mericle. She is survived by sons Thomas Wesley Gray of Atlanta TX and Bradley James
Gray and wife Angie of Atlanta, TX; daughters Jennifer Lynn Thomas and husband
Joseph of Queen City TX, and Carrie Kristine Mericle of Queen City TX; brother Arthur
James “Sonny” Kelly Jr., and wife, Sheila of Cold Springs TX; sisters Glenda Faye
(Kelly) Butterfras and husband Don of La Grange TX, and Suzette (Kelly) Krause Reyes
and husband Alex Reyes of Conroe TX; grandchildren Isaac Thomas, Kerian Thomas,
Rowan Thomas, Emma Jolly, Ayden Griffin, Kaylin Griffin, Matthew Griffin, Lucas
Griffin, Jessa Mericle, Hailey Carpenter, Dyllon Carpenter, Daniel Carpenter, Kelsey
Allgor, Trenton Davidson, and Gibson Gray; great-grandchildren Riverlee Hendricks,
Rayland Williams, Jaylee Carpenter, and soon to be born, Waylon Simpson; nieces
Stephanie Kelly Tompkins, Crystal Manshack, and Brandy Nesbit; nephews Matt
Collins, Dustin Krause, Terry Hunsucker, and Randy Hunsucker; and special friends
Steve Mericle and the “Mericle Clan”, Lydia Hendricks, Debbie Clark, Nelda Culver,
Janice Parks, Vicky Cunningham, and her Ya-Ya Sisterhood friends.
She had many fond memories and friends from her time spent working at local
businesses such as KPYN Radio Station, Horne Enterprises, Inc. and then finally retiring
while working for the State of Texas in their Health and Human Services Division. She
loved to shop, cook, nap, puzzling, reading and had many crafting hobbies that she filled
her spare time along with going to the beach. But her first love was being completely
devoted to her children and grandchildren. She was of the Christian Faith and was a
shining example of Jesus’s teachings.
A memorial service in Brenda’s honor will be held on Saturday, February 5, 2022, at
Queen City Funeral Home beginning at 3:00pm.
Brenda Kaye Kelly is being cremated under the direction of Queen City Funeral Home in
Queen City TX.