Elma Joy Kelley, age 102, a resident of Mountain Memories in Elkins, and a former resident of Philippi, passed away Wednesday October 4, 2023. Joy was born October 24, 1920 in Nestorville, WV a daughter of the late Cecil G. and Hazel V. (Marsh) Nestor. Joy was united in marriage to her husband Clifford G. Kelley who preceded her in death June 1, 2004.
Surviving are children, Nancy S. Hedrick of Grafton and Johnny G. Kelley of Clarksburg; grandchildren, Michael S. Criss of GA, J. Bradley Criss of MD, J. Thaddeus Kelley of Philippi, Jered G. Kelley of TN; step granddaughters, Tonya R. Wells of WV, and Melissa D. Baker of MD; 10 great grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren; half sister, Patricia Evans; and half brother Cecil G. Nestor Jr. both of Philippi.
Joy was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and sister Helen V. Shaffer; and brother F. Gene Nestor.
Joy was a lifetime member of the Nestorville United Methodist Church. She taught Sunday School, and sang in the church choir. She was also a member of the Barbour County Senior Center. Joy enjoyed sewing, reading, and gardening. Joy was the secretary for her husbands milk route business. Joy worked as Rosie the Riveter soldering radio parts during WWII. The family would like to thank Mountain Memories, WV Caring and Wright Funeral Home
A graveside service will be held on Wednesday October 11, 2024 at 1 pm in the Nestorville Cemetery. A “Time of sharing Joy” will be held at the Nestorville Church following the graveside services.