Obituary for Donna Kelsey

Ponca City Now - January 18, 2014 12:00 am

Donna Mae Kelsey left this life at age 90 on January 16, 2014 in Ponca City, OK to be with her Lord and Savior.

She was born on April 4, 1923, in Burbank, Oklahoma, in an old 2-story house which she called the old big house. Donna was the 2nd child born to Arthur and Susan Mae (Butler) Jacques. She lived in the Denoya Oklahoma area through grade eleven with her parents and her sister Melba along with brothers Art and Jim. She graduated from Shidler high school in 1941. She continued her education in Chickasha Oklahoma at OCW (Oklahoma College for Women).

Upon completion of her studies at OCW and Draughon’s School of Business in Tulsa, she began employment at the Phillips Petroleum office in Shidler, Oklahoma.

Donna was married to high school sweetheart Lawrence Kelsey on October 26, 1943 in Ponca City, Oklahoma. Their married life began in Honda, Texas where the Army Air Corp was located; in a short two months, Lawrence was deployed to the European Theater with the Army Air Corp.

After the war, Donna and Lawrence made their home in Shidler, Oklahoma where they were blessed with three children – Larry, Diane, and Curtis. Donna spent the rest of her life in Shidler in a home that was lovingly designed and built by her husband. Donna was always happiest surrounded by her immediate and extended family.

She was preceded in death by her parents, sister Melba, granddaughter Callie Ann and husband of 54 years. Also surviving are her brothers Arthur Jacques and wife Joan, Jim and wife Peggy, her three children, Larry and wife Lynda, Diane and husband Jeff, Curtis and his wife Keri. Donna has 7 grandchildren and 12 great children.

Graveside funeral services will be 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at Grandview Cemetery of Kaw City, OK. Rev. John Kelsey will be officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Assoc., P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312 or at