Barbara Kelly

1928 - 2012

Barbara Kelly, best known as “Bobby,” passed away Dec. 2, 2012, at her home in Milton-Freewater with her family at her side.
Bobby was born to William E. Greable and Eva Mae (Bailey) Greable on Feb. 18, 1928, in San Bernardino, Calif. Her family moved to Umapine, where they owned a dairy farm, and as a young girl, she loved swimming and horseback riding. She attended Umapine School from elementary through high school. After high school graduation she attended school in Seattle for nursing.

She married William G. Kelly on Feb. 7, 1947, in Walla Walla. Together they had three children. Bobby worked as an operator for the telephone company before working as a secretary at Umatilla Frozen Foods. Together with her husband, she was also an important part of the functions of the family farming. She was a member of Christ The King Lutheran Church in Milton-Freewater. She was also a member of The Milton-Freewater Golf Club, and loved playing golf with her friends every week.

Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were her pride — nine grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. She was a favorite grandma and made each child feel loved. Each one adored her.

Barbara lost her battle with cancer and passed quietly in the evening at her home with her husband of 67 years holding her hand and her children and grandchildren at her bedside.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and her brother, William Greable. She is survived by her husband, Bill; her son, Douglas and wife Marilyn Kelly of Eugene, Ore.; daughters, Judith Brooks and husband Gary Brooks of Milton-Freewater, and Nancy Kelly and Lonnie Haynes; as well as grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Scott Fry and his staff for their wonderful care and guidance, and friends and relatives for their love and comfort. Hospice was an important part of her journey during her illness. The family expresses its deepest love and appreciation for the Hospice team in Walla Walla. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Walla Walla Hospice.

At Barbara’s request, there will be no services.
A private online condolence can be left at

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