Mrs. Betty Lou Helton Kelley, age 85, of Rome, GA, passed away on Tuesday, June 1, 2021, at a local hospital.

Mrs. Kelley was born in Rome, Georgia on September 17, 1935, the daughter of the late James R. V. Helton and the late Eva Mae Fowler Helton.  She was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church and for many years, she was a member of West Rome Baptist Church, where she was active in the children and youth choir ministries and sang in the Chancel Choir.  After retiring from Northwest Georgia Regional Hospital, she spent many years as a substitute teacher at Garden Lakes Elementary School.  She was a devoted grandmother who never missed one of her grandchildren’s activities.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Walter Kelley, by her daughter, Karen Louise Kelley, by her sister, Annie Jackson, and by her brother, LeRoy Helton.

Survivors include her two sons, Bryan Kelley (Tara) and Michael Kelley (Becky), all of Rome; her grandchildren, Laura Smith (Bradley), Steven Kelley (Ansley), Sarah Buice (Tyler), Kristina Tucker (Ryan), Lauren Hui (Nathan), Ian Harper and Madison Hill; her great grandchildren, Lindsey Kelley, Bryson Tucker, Avery Hui, Remington Hui, Kinley Smith, Emmie Jo Smith and Ellorie Smith; her sister, Joan Brumbelow; several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held on Monday, June 7, 2021, at 2:30pm at Oaknoll Memorial Gardens with Dr. Gary Graves officiating.

The family will receive friends at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, Oaknoll Chapel, on Monday, June 7, 2021, from 12:00pm until 2:00pm.

Pallbearers are asked to assemble at Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, Oaknoll Chapel, on Monday at 1:30pm and include:  Todd Kelley, Chad Kelley, Craig Jackson, Jeff Jackson, Jason Brumbelow, Bradley Smith, Tyler Buice, Ryan Tucker and Nathan Hui.

Henderson & Sons Funeral Home, Oaknoll Chapel, has charge of the arrangements.