Glenna Elizabeth Beth Kelly

January 23, 1961 ~ September 8, 2010

Glenna Elizabeth "Beth" Kelly, 49, of Lake Charles died Wednesday, September 8, 2010 in the comfort of her home.

Mrs. Kelly was born, raised and educated in Georgia. She worked most of her adult life as a marketing representative for Goodwill, hospitals, nursing homes and hospice organizations. Her most recent achievement was having attained a Theology degree through McNeese.

Beth loved cooking and enjoyed serving. She also enjoyed flower gardening, working in her yard and watching football, especially the Redskins, with her husband and friends.

Mrs. Kelly will be most remembered for her smile and as a dedicated wife, mother and friend.

She leaves to cherish her memory, her loving husband of seventeen years, Thomas "Tom" P. Kelly of Lake Charles; son David Michael Benfield of Marietta, GA; mother, Julie Bailey of Cartersville, GA; brother, Christopher Green and wife Janette of Atlanta, GA; two sisters, Tracy Spencer and husband Bill of Marietta, GA and Faith Tatum and husband Aaron of Cartersville, GA; nieces and nephews and many dear friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Liver Foundation, 75 Maiden Lane, Suite 603, New York, NY, 10038.

Memorial services will be at 6:00 PM Monday, September 13, 2010 in the Johnson Funeral Home Chapel. Reverend James Pate will officiate. Inurnment will follow services in Georgia. Visitation Monday will be from 4:00 PM until the time of service in the funeral home.

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  1. Beth – it has been years but I often thought about you David! You did such a fine job raising him. Goodwill was your passion back in the day! You always did for others. I know you are dancing in the Heavens. David – your mom loved you more than you will ever know! She was the greatest! Please know we are praying for all of you!

  2. Beth I have always loved you and I am praying for you and your family. You have always been a part of our family have you will always be in my heart. I know you are in heaven with the angels and you will light up the skys, I will be able to see you every time I look up.

  3. Beth's kindness will always be remembered. She made Lauren a baby quilt before she was born 1995 Sept 13th. Turned out to be Lauren's favorite thing growing up. She still uses it today for things. Beth always asked how my child was when I would see her and she made a great effort to talk to Lauren when she was with us. Beth is an inspiration to me and so many being a servant to the underprivleded and needy.Tom our prayers are with you wish we could be there for you. jami and steve lowe

  4. Dear Beth, I wanted so bad to be right by your side holding your hand, however I could only be their in your heart and through Tracys heart love,I will hold onto that love the rest of my life, you have been my best friend since we were 13 and thats alot of love for two people to share, Thank God weve been so blessed to have each other. No matter how sick you were I could always get a laugh or two and I could see your beatiful smile and will in my heart and always will, I will always cherish our love and friendship.Tom David I know you have always known her love and that love will carry us for the rest of our lives. Our heart felt prayers go out to you and the rest of her family and I will always cherish our friendship our love. Thank you Beth: My best friend, sister by heart.

  5. My first memory of my sister, Beth, was standing on my tiptoes and peering over the top of her crib. She was long and beautiful then, as she was to be her entire life. Beth will always be remembered as the big personality in any room. When she was there you couldn't miss her presence, her beauty, or her smile. A smile that lite the room on fire. She will also always be remembered for her love of her husband, her son, and her home. She took great pride in all three and did her best to be the best wife, mother, and homemaker she knew how to be. Beth moved away from us early on and I always thought of her as the adventurous one, the one brave enough to leave the folds of family and home and strike out on her own. It was one of the many things I admired about her.Beth will be missed more than I can describe. Maybe David Harkins says it best in his poem She is Gone.You can shed tears because she is gone,Or you can smile because she has lived.You can close your eyes and pray that she will come back,Or you can open your eyes and see all that she has left.Your heart can be empty because you can't see her,Or you can be full of the love you shared.You can remember her and only that she is gone,Or you can cherish her memory and let it live on.You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back,Or you can do what she would want: smile, open your eyes, love, and go on.We will always love you, Beth, and you will forever be in our thoughts and heart.With love from your big sister,Faith

  6. My sister Beth, and dear friend, and being both to me, was the greatest blessing anyone can hope for. There are too few hearts like hers in the world, her empathy with was so deaply felt for evryone and she loved so deeply those that were close to her. Having to come to know those who surrounded her I know that her life was well spent and happy, if all too quickly gone. She is still a part of me, my dear Sister, my friend.

  7. To one of my girls, Beth I have always loved you more than you will ever know. I am so sorry for what you had to go through, You are in heaven now and that gives peace knowing that. I will always love miss you, your mamma Clarice……Tom David I will be praying for for you both, if theres anything I can do just call me.

  8. Tom and family, we are so sorry that this has happened, if you need anything at all please let us know we are just down the road, we love you.Mike, Krissi, Alex, Keri, Kori, and beloved Mikey.

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