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Elizabeth Maury Kelley, 84, of Midway, KY, died on April 17, 2016. She is survived by her husband of seven years, Col. Robert H. Kelley; her daughter, Maury Alexander Callahan of Chevy Chase, MD; her granddaughters, Taylor Fontaine Walle of Santa Monica, CA, and Elizabeth Blair Walle of Washington, D.C.; her nieces, Lloyd Hill Maury, Jane Maury Harris, and Sarah Maury Patrick; her nephew, Kent Maury; and her stepdaughters, Carran Kelley, Allison Kelley Bryant, Leslie Kelley Miller, and Anne Pratt. She is also survived by Ann Land Maury, her sister-in-law of seventy-three years. She was pre-deceased by her brothers, Hill Maury and Alexander Stribling Maury; her former husband, Richard P. Pratt; and her stepdaughter, Barbara Pratt Lee. Mrs. Kelley was the daughter of the late Mary Hill Maury, formerly of Columbus, GA, and Col. Lewis A. Maury, formerly of Charlottesville, VA. She was born December 12, 1931, in Lexington, KY. The family lived in Woodford County on Shannon's Run Farm. She attended Margaret Hall School in Versailles and went on to graduate from Stuart Hall School in Staunton, VA. She attended the University of Kentucky, graduating in 1953 with a degree in English. She was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma. Mrs. Kelley traveled around the world with her parents twice before she was 21 and developed a love for travel that would last throughout her life. Following graduation, she moved to Washington, D.C., where she lived for 25 years, during which time she worked for the CIA, Computer Sciences Corporation, and the American Bankers Association. She and her husband and daughter lived in Kensington, MD, and later Chevy Chase, MD. She was a member of The Junior League of Washington, D.C., and volunteered for the House of Mercy, a nonprofit, non-sectarian home for unwed mothers and their babies. In 1978 she moved back to Kentucky where she and husband Richard P. Pratt bought the farm they named Peacham on McCracken Pike in Woodford County. Over the next ten years, they worked tirelessly and painstakingly, doing the vast majority of work themselves, to restore the Federal period house circa 1820 to its former beauty and charm. In 1981, Mrs. Kelley started Bluegrass Bed & Breakfast, one of the very first B&Bs in Woodford County. Myriad friends and acquaintances offered to host guests at their homes and over the almost 20 years she ran the business it grew to include a vast array of houses in the country and in town. Mrs. Kelley was a member of the Colonial Dames of America and of The Little Garden Club of Woodford County, founded in 1931 by Mrs. Henry Graddy of Versailles. Throughout her life, Mrs. Kelley was an avid reader and passionately determined that she and others regularly increase their knowledge, fulfill their intellectual curiosity, and "broaden their horizons." She believed strongly in gathering information for yourself instead of asking others, and she was well known in her family for her frequent response "Look it up yourself." The family wishes to especially thank the nurses and staff of St. Joseph's Hospital ICU-South and Hospice of the Bluegrass. Blackburn & Ward of Versailles is handling the funeral arrangements. A graveside service will be held Saturday, April 23, at 11:30 a.m. at Pisgah Church, immediately followed by a reception at The Lexington Club from 1 to 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested for Hospice of the Bluegrass and for Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, where Col. and Mrs. Kelley have been participating in the Alzheimer's Research Program. Guestbook at www.blackburnandward.com.

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