Nancy Kathryne “Kassie” Carroll Kelly was born in Millett on August 11, 1919, and passed away peacefully at home in San Antonio on January 29, 2021, surrounded by loved ones. At age 101, she lived a long and full life.
Born to W. Gipson Carroll, Sr. and Cora E. DuBose Carroll, she was the second of seven children and grew up in Simmons City. At age 17, she lived with a relative in San Antonio while attending Johnson’s Beauty School. By 1937 she was working as a hairdresser in Pearsall for Fannie Kelly where Kathryne met her future husband Dale. They married in Hempstead on January 3, 1940.
In July 1941 their son, Phillip Dale Kelly, was born. In 1943 “big” Dale left to serve in WWII with the US Army. Kathryne worked in a hair salon in downtown Houston while her husband was overseas, and “little Dale” lived with grandparents in Simmons City. After her husband’s honorable discharge in 1946 and return from service, Kathryne worked doing hair in the Memorial area of Houston. She delivered a daughter, Lauri Ché Kelly, in November 1953. After two years of maternity leave, Kathryne went back to work in 1956.
Kathryne owned and operated Kelly & Kelly Salon of Beauty at 2616 Briarhurst until 1970 when she retired from the business. She kept her cosmetology license current for 20 more years and cut hair for friends and family because she loved grooming and beauty.
She was an avid gardener, a master seamstress and a prolific, talented artist. So many of her customers, friends and family members were blessed to receive handmade clothing she designed, carefully propagated plants from her garden and numerous art works over the years including paintings and soft sculpture cactus.
Widowed in 1998, Kathryne sold her home in Houston at age 82 and moved to the Hill Country where she built a new home she designed. At age 86 she took the trip of a lifetime with her eldest granddaughter to visit Ireland. Kathryne lived in Spring Branch until age 95, she moved to San Antonio after a stroke in 2014 to live with her daughter and youngest granddaughter. She made more than a dozen oil paintings in the last two years of her life.
She was preceded in death by her husband Alvin Dale Kelly (d. 1998), her son Phillip Dale Kelly (d. 2017), her parents and three of her brothers. She is survived by two sisters and one brother: Jeanie Dove and Madge Coquat Patton, and Jimmie Carroll, all of Three Rivers, her daughter, Lauri Ché Kelly, and youngest granddaughter Mary Kathryne “Kassie” Kelly of San Antonio, granddaughter Kendall Kelly Hayden Esq. (husband Houston Hayden, Sr.) and great-grandson Houston Hayden, Jr. of Dallas, and granddaughter Leigh Meredith Motheral of Denver, CO along with numerous nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 24, at Pearsall City Cemetery.
The family is grateful for her beloved caregivers, Gloria Guizar of Floresville and Joanie Davis of San Antonio.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in her honor be made to the San Antonio Botanical Garden, www.sabot.org.