September 1, 1936 ~ August 31, 2021

Born in: Madison Co., NC
Resided in: Asheville, NC

Helen R. O’Kelley, 84, passed away on Tuesday, August 31, 2021, just a few hours shy of her 85th birthday.

A native of Madison Co., Helen was a daughter of the late Howard and Nellie Rector. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Glenn Fletcher O’Kelley, Jr., who passed in 2019.

She is survived by her daughter, Renée O’Kelley; grandchildren, Candice Isaacs and Justin Wells; great-grandchildren, Cody Wells, and Berkley and Callen Isaacs; and sister, Jean Gentry.

A memorial service for Mrs. O’Kelley’s friends and family will be held at the Church of the Redeemer.

In lieu of flowers, her family asks that memorials be made to Brother Wolf Animal Rescue, P.O. Box 8195, Asheville, NC 28814.

Groce Funeral Home on Patton Ave. is assisting the family.


Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home - Patton Ave.
1401 Patton Ave.
Asheville, NC 28806


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  1. To the family of Helen and Glenn. They were wonderful, kind people, who I know will be missed.
    My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  2. Our hearts are so broken to hear of Helen’s passing. We will miss her so much. Her smile lit up the room, and we just loved her so. Our deepest condolences to her family and friends as you cope with this tremendous loss. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you.

  3. PRAYERS,HUGS,LOVE for all of you! Your mom was a SPECIAL person! I have many fond memories of her especially in our heyday Renee! Love, Ronda & Charlie

  4. I am so sorry to see this. Mom and I lived near she and Glenn for years and we thought the world of them. She will be missed

  5. Prayers and much love to you all. Loved talking to Helen at church. She was a beautiful, fun loving spirit and will be missed.

    Mark & Tonya Davis


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