Jean D. Kelley

jean kelley

February 2, 1940 ~ December 12, 2021

Born in: Candler, NC
Resided in: Waynesville, NC

Jean D. Kelley, 81, passed away on Sunday, December 12, 2021.

A native of Candler, Jean was a daughter of the late Hoy Gaston and Rosa Mae Johnson Davis.

She owned and operated an insurance agency for many years and later worked at Target and Walmart into her 70s. She excelled in customer service with a smile on her face over the course of her entire career. While at home, she loved baking, crafts, tending to her yard and flowers, and spending time with her grandbabies. She will be remembered as the “best” mama and granny on Earth.

She is survived by her son, Michael Lane Wheeler (Colleen Johnson-Wheeler); daughters, Deborah Diana Rollins and Crystal Michele Waldrop; grandchildren, Latricia Jean Austin and Kevin Lee Austin (Kayla); great-grandchildren, Hailey, Sierra, Matthew, Cayden, and one on the way; sister, Caroline Irene Davis Lowman (Richard); and a number of other family members.

A celebration of Jean’s life will be held at a later date. The family will ask that you NOT wear black as a tribute to the color and joy that Jean brought to all of our lives.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, or to your local ASPCA.

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. Our deepest sympathies for the family as we are keeping you all in our prayers. So lucky to have had Jean as a neighbor for 15 years who was able to watch my children grow and loved my dog, Blaze. We will miss you, Jean!

  2. I Love You So Much Granny. You will be missed by so many. You lite up the room, brought joy, and left an everlasting impression. Love You So Much, Always and Forever.

  3. Mama Jean is only gone in physical form. Her spirit remains beside you daily. You’ll see her. In butterflies, smells, sounds, and in the blooming of flowers in the spring. Just know she is there. She is looking over tou now, guiding and protecting us all. Big hugs from far away.
    Wendae, Haleigh and Painga

  4. Deb and family

    We know that no words can take away the pain of such a loss but We hope the knowledge that there are people who care about you may ease it. Our deepest condolences. ❤️

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