Moulton, Alabama

Mignonette Warren Kelsoe, 73, of Moulton died Sunday the 7th of November at Huntsville Hospital.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, November 10, 2010, at 1 p.m. at Parkway Funeral Home with Donny Amos officiating. Burial will follow in East Lawrence Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends tonight from 6 to 8 at Parkway Funeral Home.

Mrs. Kelsoe was born November 24, 1936, in Morgan County at Ball Smith Hospital to Roy A. and Ethel (Hill) Warren. She graduated from Lawrence County High School in 1955 and attended Alabama Christian. She was a member of the Hillsboro Heights Church of Christ and an active member of the local chapter of TOPS International where she held many leadership roles. She is preceded in death by her parents; brother, Thomas B. Warren; and husband of 43 years, Lyle Olen Kelsoe.

She had a passion for history which showed through her involvement in the Lawrence County Historical Commission, her work with the Lawrence County Archives, and her membership in the United Daughters of the Confederacy.

She also cherished her family and loved to stay in touch through reunions and large family gatherings during the holidays. She especially enjoyed researching her genealogy and had traced her lineage back through many generations. In the 3rd grade, she developed a lifelong pen pal and personal friendship with Isobel Cochrane from Scotland.

One of the most enjoyable times of her life were the five years she spent in Okinawa serving as a Department of Defense civilian (1970 -1975). From 1971 to 1973, she was the Principal of the Machinato Pre-School and took great pride in the fact that many of her students did so well they were able to skip the first grade. Upon her return stateside, she continued to work at the Redstone Arsenal until her retirement in 1988.

Mrs. Kelsoe is survived by her children, Warren Rea Kelsoe and his wife, Teresa, of Bankhead Forest, Gregory Lyle Kelsoe of Clermont, Fla., and Todd Olen Kelsoe and his wife, Michelle, of Speake; four grandchildren, Hunter Kelsoe, Forrest Kelsoe, Sawyer Kelsoe and Ivey Kelsoe; and nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Roy Kelsoe, Eddie Kelsoe, Phillip Warren, Andy Weems, Brian Kelsoe, Jeffrey Hughes and Patrick Hughes.

Published in the Decatur Daily, Decatur, Alabama on November 9, 2010.

Submitted By: Virginia Keefer