Arleen Iris Bulwinkle Kelley, 61, of Kingsland went home to the Lord on Friday, June 2, 2017, at the UF Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Fla. She was born to the late Marion Albert Bulwinkle and Adele Ruth Simon Bulwinkle of Mount Pleasant, S.C., on Jan. 17, 1956.
Arleen was a 1974 graduate of Wando High School and a 1976 graduate of Trident Technical College. Arleen and her family relocated to Kingsland in 1993 but previously had lived her whole life in Charleston, S.C. Arleen worked in the medical field prior to being employed by Express Scripts and retiring due to medical reasons in 2010. She was active in supporting her children and grandchildren in local sports. She also volunteered with her daughter, Michelle, for a few projects with CASA.
She was a former member of Kingsland First United Methodist Church, but recently attended services at the Westside Baptist Church of St. Marys with her family. Arleen was a kind and loving woman who never met a stranger. She was a Coast Guard wife who supported her husband’s demanding job and relocations. She had a deep respect for our military and especially for our wounded veterans. Arleen loved traveling and was recently baptized in the Jordan River in Israel. She loved cruising and had a knack for shopping. Arleen also enjoyed designing and making jewelry as a hobby.
Arleen was preceded in death by her mother, Adele; her father, Marion; and two siblings, Carla Travis and Toby Moore.
She is survived by her husband of 35 years, Michael Kelley. Her courage during her journey will forever influence the lives of her three daughters, Jennifer Brown of Jacksonville, Fla., Michelle (Jamie) Crabtree of St. Marys and Brandie Fickle of Kingsland; her two sisters, Cheryl (David) Garris and Sandy (Bruce) Causey, all of Mount Pleasant; and her brother, Marion (Beth) Bulwinkle of Richmond Hill. She has nine grandchildren, Christopher Brown, Taylor, Tristian, Harley, Hayden Klaren-Crabtree, Autumn Messmer, Lilyanna Fickle, Frank Fickle, Liam Kelley and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial for Arleen Kelley will be held Saturday, June 17. The visitation will be at 3:30 p.m. and the service at 4:30 p.m. at the Westside Baptist Church in St. Marys for family and friends by Pastor James Roberson. A private burial will be held at a later date at the Jacksonville National Cemetery for the immediate family.
If you would like to send flowers, potted plants are preferred due to cemetery restrictions on cut flowers. A GoFundMe account was established in Arleen Kelley’s name to raise money to be donated in her honor to the Winn-Dixie Hope Lodge of the American Cancer Society in Gainesville and the Wounded Warrior Project. To donate, please go to www.gofundme.com/3vk7oug.
Coastal Camden Funeral Home in Kingsland is entrusted with Mrs. Kelley’s arrangements.