Fannie Lynn Young Kelly died peacefully on September 13, 2023, at Mississippi Baptist Medical Center following a short illness. She was born April 24, 1929, to Floyd and Ruby Young in Smithdale, MS. She graduated from Holmes Junior College and Mississippi Southern with a lifetime teaching degree in Home Economics. She taught briefly in Seminary, MS before marrying Emmett Douglas Kelly on July 11, 1953. They moved to Houston, TX for Emmett's work where their twins, Linda and Glenda were born. They moved back to Jackson in 1957 where Peggy was born in 1960. She continued to be a stay-at-home mother until Emmett's death in December 1967. She then returned to teaching part-time in the Jackson Public Schools. In January 1970, she began teaching full-time at Brandon Academy where she was an integral part of the growing small private school. Among the many things she did, she made the backdrop for the school stage, was editor of the school yearbook and spent many hours cooking corn dogs and yeast cinnamon rolls for basketball games all while teaching her classes. She retired from Brandon Academy in 1983 with many fond memories of her students and enjoyed visiting with them and other teachers at school reunions. It always amazed her the impact she had on their lives. She especially loved reading her birthday greetings and shared memories from Facebook each year. She continued to love to cook, especially her famous buttermilk pound cake, and made everything for Thanksgiving and Christmas every year. This past holiday she turned over the cooking to her three girls and gave them her seal of approval on the results. Above teaching her greatest accomplishment were her three girls, Linda, Glenda, and Peggy. She instilled in them the importance of an education and good job in order to be able to take care of their families if they ever found themselves in her situation as a single parent. She always put her girls ahead of anything else, sacrificing her own needs. She was a loving but strict mother but a push over as a grandmother and great-grandmother. She loved her grandchildren Chris and Kelly more than anything and then came the great- grandchildren Emmett, Bradley, and Harmony Grace and that made her world.
Lynn was preceded in death by her husband Emmett Douglas Kelly, parents Floyd and Ruby Young and Son-in-Law Ernest Ray Cauthen. She is survived by her three daughters Linda Vance of Madison, Glenda Cauthen of Clinton, Peggy Kelly of Canton. Grandchildren Chris Cauthen (Rebecca) of Madison, Kelly Cauthen of Clinton. Great Grandchildren Emmett Cauthen, Bradley Stewart, Harmony Grace Lee, Madison Morrison, Reed Morrison, Emma Morrison and Zac Cauthen.
Visitation will be at Sebrell Funeral Home Ridgeland, MS, Saturday September 16, 2023, 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. with a private family graveside service and burial at Mars Hill Cemetery, Summit, MS at 2:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Mars Hill Cemetery Fund 6145 North Greenburg Rd Summit, MS 39666, Friends of Alcoholics 1298 FOA Rd, Jackson, MS 39209 or charity of your choice.
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