Arleen Iris Bulwinkle Kelley, age 61 of Kingsland, Ga 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 Mt. Pleasant, SC on January 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, Georgia in 1993 but prior had lived her whole life in Charleston, SC. 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 with a few projects with CASA. She was a former member of Kingsland United Methodist, 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 3 daughters Jennifer Brown of Jacksonville, Fa, Michelle (Jamie) Crabtree of St. Marys, and Brandie Fickle of Kingsland, Ga. two sisters Cheryl (David) Garris, Sandy (Bruce) Causey of Mt. Pleasant SC. and a brother Marion (Beth) Bulwinkle of Richmond Hill, Ga. She had 9 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 on Saturday June 17, 2017, visitation will be 3:30 and the service will be 4:30 at the Westside Baptist Church in St. Marys, Ga. for family and friends by Pastor James Robinson. 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 GoFund me account was established in Arleen Kelley’s name to raise money to be donated in her name to the Winn Dixie Hope Lodge of the American Cancer Society in Gainesville, Florida and the Wounded Warrior Project. To donate please go to http://www.gofundme.com/3vk7oug
January 17, 1956- June 2, 2017