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Oma Ruth Kelly


Oma Ruth Kelly of Maysville was born on October 6, 1928 in Sulphur, Oklahoma, to James Gordon Bennett and Mary Ann (Smith) Bennett and left her earthly life peacefully on Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at the age of 92 years.

Mrs. Kelly, as she was respectfully known after being a school teacher for so many years, graduated from Wayne High School in 1946 and obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in 1973 from USAO in Chickasha and her Masters of Education from the University of Oklahoma in 1982.

She married O. Z. Kelly on April 16, 1948 in the McClain Courthouse in Purcell, Oklahoma. They lived in Wayne before moving to Maysville in 1973, where she began her teaching career. She taught Math, Computer Science, and English at Maysville High School and while teaching she was the sponsor for the National Honor Society, 4-H Club, and many Senior classes.

Mrs. Kelly was also a homemaker who loved her family and creating many things of love for them. She enjoyed sewing, crocheting, knitting, needlework, gardening, and painting.

She was a charter member of the Unity Missionary Baptist Church where she played the piano for several decades. Mrs. Kelly was a member of the Oklahoma Teachers Retirement Association, Staley Homemakers, Delta Kappa Gamma, Maysville Senior Citizens, and WMA at her church. She will be dearly missed by her family, friends, and many former students.

Her survivors include her daughters, Debbie Biggers and husband, Tom, of Norman and Beth Kelly of Maysville; sons, Felix Kelly and wife, Jo, of Maysville, and Wendell Kelly and wife, Ramona, of Tuttle; a son-in-law, Larry Woods and wife, Anne, of Wayne; eight grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren and another one on the way

Mrs. Kelly was preceded in death by her parents; husband, O. Z. Kelly; daughters, Marcia Woods and infant, Crystal Kelly; brother, James Bennett; and sister, Laura Mae Timmons.

The family would like to extend their love and appreciation to Sue Ramsey for taking care of Mrs. Kelly all of these years.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, PO Box 7023, Merrifield, VA  22116-7023.

Graveside services were held Friday, February 5, 2021 at the Maysville Cemetery with Bro. Randy Rhea officiating. Burial was under the direction of John W. Williams of Winans Funeral Home, Maysville. Words of comfort may be sent to the family at www.winansfuneralhome.com.