The Edmond Sun


October 7, 2013

Faye Winifred Kelsey

EDMOND — Faye Winifred Kelsey, 93, of Edmond, Okla., passed away September 15, 2013 at the home of her daughter. Faye was born in Oakland, Kansas on May 15, 1920, the daughter of Cecil and Gwendolin Darby Townsend. She graduated from Topeka High School in 1938 and went to work for Adams Brothers Book Bindery. On February 19. 1943 she married Scott Kelsey; they were married for 69 years. Scott passed away October 12, 2012. They moved to the farm in Rossville in 1950 and lived there until they moved to a retirement center in Topeka in 2001. In 2007 they moved to a retirement center in Edmond, Oklahoma.

During their years on the farm, Faye was active in the Rossville United Methodist Church, participating in the women’s group and helping out wherever a helping hand was needed. She always had a large garden and shared much of her harvest with friends and neighbors. Faye never met a stranger and was always one to help them. After she moved to Oklahoma, she started collecting medicine bottles from the retirement center and also from the Edmond Senior Center. During the 6 years she lived in Oklahoma she collected nearly 18,000 bottles, which she donated to her church’s medical clinic and to other free clinics throughout the area.

Before her marriage, Faye was a “star” pitcher/first baseman for a women’s fast pitch softball team, which traveled throughout the Midwest. She and Scott loved to travel alone and with friends. In the mid 1970’s they took a trip around the world alone. When she lived in the retirement centers she was an active participant in many activities available. Faye made it her mission to introduce herself to new residents at the retirement centers and always tried to help them adjust to their new living situation.

Upon moving to Edmond, she became a member of Crossings Community Church in Oklahoma City, where she made many friends.

Faye was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers, Hubert and Billy.

She is survived by her sister, Greta Kelsey of Topeka, Kan.; daughter Linda Kelsey Wise of Edmond; son Douglas Kelsey (Darlynn) ofHonolulu, Hawaii; five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, October 14 at Penwell-Gabel Parker-Price Chapel, 245 NW Independence, Topeka, Kan. Private internment of cremains of Faye and Scott will be in the will be in the Rossville Cemetery. The family invites friends and family to a lunch at Penwell-Gabel FamilyCenter immediately following the service.

 In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Rossville United Methodist Church, 411 Pearl Street, Rossville, KS 66533, or to Autumn Bridge Hospice, Volunteer Program, 3500 NW 39th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73112. To leave a special message for the family online, visit

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