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Obit – Mrs. Mindy Kelly Wilson

Mrs. Mindy Kelly Wilson age 81 of the Dean Hill Community transitioned from her earthly home to her heavenly home on Christmas Day morning, December 25, 2023 surrounded by her loved ones and the calming embrace of our lord.

Memorial services to celebrate her life will be held Saturday afternoon January 13th at 1p.m. at the Bagdad Church of Christ located at 1015 Salt Lick Creek Rd. (Pleasant Shade) in the Bagdad Community. The church minister, Larry Cole, will officiate.

The family will receive friends at the Turner family home located at 127 Dean Hill Road following the 1 p.m. Celebration of Mindy’s Life.

One of fourteen children, she was born Ida Arminda Kelly on March 17,1942 in Amburgey in Knott County, Kentucky, to the late Howard Bennett Kelly Sr. who died April 5, 1969 at the age of 60 and Eliza (Hall) Kelly who died July 16, 2001 at the age of 83.

Siblings preceding her in death was her adopted son, Benjamin Ray Lee; two sisters, Anna Marie Kelly, Virginia Kelly Hall and six brothers, Kenneth Kelly, Bernard, Kirby Dean, Howard and Wayne Kelly.

Mindy and her family later moved in 1955 to Georgetown, IN.

Determined to make it on her own and no stranger to hard work, following relocating to Nashville, she immediately started working as a waitress. It did not take long before Mindy’s selfness and compassion toward others would guide her to help other women grow into the beautiful women they are today.

After moving to Nashville in the early 60”s, she received her General Education Degree, and enrolled and graduated in September of 1967 from the Falls Business College also in Nashville.

Words could never capture the full beauty that Mindy embodied. She had a heart of gold, a gentle soul, a passion to make everyone around her feel loved and welcomed, and an aura that made others gravitate towards her. In the saddest of times, she somehow knew the right thing to say to help those with even the most doubt believe that everything would be okay. Mindy was not afraid of the journey she knew was within arm’s reach, but her heart ached for her miracle daughter and her beautiful grandchildren.

Mindy had enough love and compassion to raise a village, the lord blessed her with a bonus son that she took in at the age of 10 and raised as her own, and one miracle daughter in her early 40’s. Against the advice of the doctors to terminate her pregnancy with her miracle daughter Sara, Mindy moved forward with her pregnancy, trusting and leaving it in God’s hands. Mindy would raise her only biological child to be as loving, compassionate, and selfless as she was. The joy Mindy saw looking at Sara in her last days, gave her a sense of peace. She knew that Sara’s eyes were filled with pain, but it would only last a moment. She made sure Sara was equipped to get through all the emotion in the hard days to come and Sara would be able to comfort others during this time, because she knew her mother would be going home to be with the Lord. No longer in pain, no longer struggling to push through another day, no longer in limbo. Mindy found full peace and comfort, lying comfortably at home, hand and hand with her miracle child, “her mini-me”.

Mrs. Wilson was a non-denominational Christian and the Turner family relocated to Smith County in 2020 from Nashville.

Survivors include her loving daughter, Sara Turner and husband Nicholas Daniel of the Dean Hill Community; four grandchildren, Niki Jayden Turner, Makenzie Nichole Turner, Tanner Gay and Destinee Turner; three sisters, Hilda Faye Burns, Eliza June McCoy, and Karen Lynn Kelly; two brothers, Robert Vaughn Kelly, and Curtis Bernard Kelly.

As we all move forward, we ask that everyone help Sara and her family stand strong in knowing the love that Mindy so passionately moved through the world, is now filling the heavens.


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