Priscilla Kelley Obituary (1941 – 2022) – Aiken, SC

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Priscilla Kelley
September 30, 1941 – January 25, 2022
Aiken, South Carolina – We have lost one of the kindest, most generous, and hardworking souls to ever walk the earth.
Priscilla Ann Elder Kelley, known to all as Pris, was born in Newport News, Virginia to Verna Elizabeth Hamlet Elder and Russell Edward Elder. Over the course of her life, she’s moved to Virginia (Brookneal, Hampton) and South Carolina (Columbia, Pelion, Aiken) – all while keeping her Virginia accent and staying true to her “hometown kid” roots. closed”. For the past three years, she has lived happily in Aiken with her daughter-in-law and her grandson, whom she both adored. Surrounded by her family, she died after a brief hospitalization following a fall. She was dynamic and active, leading a full life, until the very end.
A passionate and dedicated educator, she earned a BA and MA in English from the University of South Carolina and continued her learning in the Bread Loaf program at Vermont’s Middlebury College. She started teaching in her early twenties and continued until five years ago. Students from Hand Junior High School, Hammond Academy, Heathwood Hall Episcopal School and Pelion High School were fortunate to have him as their instructor.
When she’s not teaching, grading homework, or obsessively doing housework, Pris can usually be found reading or working in the yard as she loves being outdoors. Guaranteed – she was drinking a cup of coffee while doing one of those things. She loved all flora and fauna except snakes and hated cooking.
Through Middlebury’s Bread Loaf program, Pris spent the summer of 1995 studying in Oxford, England, and traveling around Ireland and the UK. Her daughter shared her journey through Ireland, where they truly enjoyed each other’s company and created unforgettable memories. During many years of visiting her daughter, she had adventures in Boston, New York, Walden Pond, Yosemite and Mount Rainier, as well as many places across California, Oregon, Washington and Canada. In Portland, Oregon, Pris was thrilled to hike the Columbia River Gorge and take her daughter to Powell’s Books each evening.
She remains deeply loved and terribly missed by her daughter, Elizabeth Elder Kelley, her grandson, Peter Robert Caldwell, and her daughter-in-law, Lauree Olivia Caldwell.
Please remember her by donating to the Albrecht Aiken Center for Animal Welfare: https://www.letlovelive.org
Her service will air on Facebook Live at 2 p.m. on Sunday, February 6, so the many who loved her can celebrate her life: https://www.facebook.com/FirstChristianChurchAiken
“Kindness is the one investment that never fails.” -Henry David Thoreau & Pris Kelley.
Former students:
She taught us all how to find our talent and helped develop it.
I hope my son will have a teacher like Mrs. Kelley to teach him to do his best and take care of the world around him.
A true warrior and a true teacher and an inspiration to all of us.
His quick wit and perfectly executed sarcasm made me an instant fan.
She was the best, smartest person I’ve ever met.
An incredible sense of humor, the patience and good nature of a saint, and the ability to see and bring out the best in everyone. I am so lucky to have known and been guided by Priscilla Kelley during my formative years.

Published by The State on February 6, 2022.

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