Alla Rae Friday Kelley


Alla Rae Friday Kelley was born in Desdemona, TX on March 8, 1934 to Tom

Ollie Friday and Mary Alice Wisdom Friday. She was preceded in death by her parents

and brothers Melvin Rex, Fredrick Wayne, and Marion Thomas, along with daughter

Peggie Capps, stepson Terry Kelly, and stepdaughter Sheryl Riddle, and her husband of 27 years, Elton “Pete” Kelley.

She is survived by the grandson she raised Dylan Kelley, sons-in-law Duane Capps and Mike Riddle, grandchildren Cory Capps and wife Rachel, Kimberley Capps Costello, Jeff Riddle and wife Lynn, Kimberly Riddle Stokes and husband Daniel, Greg Riddle and wife Rachelle, She is also survived by her 17 great-grandchildren Ashley Stokes Velligan and husband Eric, Justin Stokes and wife Emily, Jacob Stokes, Austin Stokes, Breanna Riddle, Colton Riddle, Elise Stokes, Collin Riddle, Ryan Riddle,

Alexa Riddle, Blake Riddle, Colton Costello, Weston Riddle, Zachary Capps, Harper Capps, Chance Costello, and Dean Kelley, along with 2 great-great grandchildren Kinley Velligan and Jackson Velligan, along with many devoted nephews and nieces.

Alla continued to live in Desdemona after completing high school, working double shifts as a carhop to support her daughter Peggie. After living in Oklahoma and

Iowa for a brief time, she moved to Houston and was very successful working as an office manager and bookkeeper for various companies, including Gulf Tex Equipment. She spent her final decades working for Austin County Water Well until her retirement.

Alla’s true passion was her family. United in marriage on February 14, 1988, she was unshakably devoted to Pete. She carried that same devotion over to her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren. Settling in Sealy in 1982, Pete and Alla spent many years building their own home that would become the centerpiece for the family. When not at work or home, they would attend every possible function that involved their family, whether down the street or across the state.

In addition to holidays and family reunions, they proudly attended countless games, concerts, recitals, birthday parties, and most of her conversations with others were about stories involving her family.

Alla was a member of Sealy Church of Christ, were she met a circle of lifelong, inspiring, deeply devoted, and spiritual friends. She lived her Christian life by serving others and even anticipating their needs. She was always there to help, going beyond what anyone expected. Her door was always open.

Alla was a great cook and took pride in the fact that she won the Grand Championship in the Austin county Pecan Show for her Vinegar Pecan Pie. She was also a member of the Garden Club of Sealy, serving as treasurer for the past nine years.

Alla filled every room she stepped in. She was strong-willed, stubborn, bossy, and charming all at the same time. Those who knew her well declared she was the strongest woman they had ever met. Even in her final days, she was a mover and a shaker, and had more stamina than many half her age. She passed while returning from one of her favorite events, a family reunion. Although our hearts break that she is gone, we are blessed that she has been reunited with Pete, who died on January 18 of this year.

Alla was never the same without him, and we rejoice in the fact that they are together again. She was a woman who was loved and adored, and will never be forgotten.


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