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Elizabeth Kelsey McRary

Elizabeth Kelsey McRary

September 22, 1968 ~ April 30, 2021

Elizabeth Kelsey McRary

“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”

Elizabeth Kelsey Wilson McRary (52), after a courageous and private battle with cancer, passed away on Friday, April 30, 2021 peacefully at home in Jupiter, FL surrounded by the love and care of her family. Kelsey was born on September 22, 1968 at Fort Benning, GA to Linda Hope and Eugene Kelsey Wilson, III.  A graduate of Frank W. Cox High School in Virginia Beach, VA she attended Radford University before transferring and graduating from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre with a concentration in Performance.

Left to cherish her memory: husband Glen Allen McRary, son Brendan Riley McRary and daughter Ailey Quinn McRary all of Jupiter, FL; mother Linda Hope Wilson; sister Jacqueline Hope Wilson; brother Eugene Kelsey Wilson, IV (Christy); mentor and trusted family friend Betty Anne Moore; aunt Lessie Joanne Regan; stepmother Martha Brown Wilson; brother-in-law Gregory Jay McRary (Laura Lynn); brother-in-law Gary Douglas McRary (Cindy); beloved nieces and nephews; and mother-in-law Linda Raye McRary.

Kelsey is preceded in death by her father Eugene Kelsey Wilson, III; father-in-law Douglas Edwin McRary; maternal grandparents Paul and Lessie Harrison; and paternal grandparents Eugene and Marie Wilson.

Kelsey demonstrated her strongest characteristics of dedication and determination early in life. In every setting from the softball field as a star player of her high school team or performing at The Kennedy Center, these traits were the driving force. These qualities were grounded in a steadfast determination to thrive in a world that could often be chaotic and cruel. It was this fortitude that drove her to stand up for what was right, even when it was hard and uncomfortable, and to pursue beauty of spirit and graciousness relentlessly.

She was an artist with many canvases.  Whether it was through her true love of performing on stage, design or creating a nurturing home for her family, Kelsey had an eye for making everything beautiful.  Any space she occupied became elegant both with her style and her presence.

Kelsey lived selflessly with her first priority and complete dedication being to her children. After their births they became her passion and her art.   Love, kindness and compassion were qualities which were innate to Kelsey. She and Glen endeavored tirelessly to instill these values in Brendan and Ailey. These values, along with Kelsey’s quick and keen sense of humor which they have also inherited, will guide them well through life.

She was an angel on earth given by God to a precious few who had the pleasure of being a member of her family, her friend or blessed by her kindness which flowed freely without thought or care. She instilled her love of Christ in her children, living by example was her testament.  Her person and her personality were a magnet loved by many. To have her for a moment brought happiness to the heart for a lifetime.

A celebration of Kelsey’s life will be held on June 7, 2021 at the Jupiter Civic Center located at 351 Old A1A (Carlin Park) in Jupiter, FL at 7:30 pm.  At a later date a memorial will be held in Virginia Beach, VA.

In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to “Kelsey’s Cause”, a non-profit organization that will be managed by her loving daughter Ailey, whose purpose is to carry on the living legacy of Elizabeth Kelsey McRary. The organization’s mission is to touch the hearts of those in need such that they may understand love, compassion and kindness. Donations may be made to Kelsey’s Cause c/o Chase Bank or www.Gofundme.com.

“You, though, you shall have stars like nobody else.  When you look up at the sky at night, since I’ll be living on one of them, since I’ll be laughing on one of them, for you it’ll be as if all of the stars are laughing.”

-Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince


maureen pelkowski - Neighbor and friend

May 21, 2021, 9:17 pm

My husband and I love the McRary family. They always made us feel like one of the family. Kelsey’s infectious smile, warmth, charm and love will be sorely missed. I am praying for Kelsey and her family

Denise Nostrom - Friend

May 21, 2021, 10:54 pm

What a beautiful memorial for a beautiful woman inside and out. We never know why the Lord chooses to take someone home, but it looks like he needed her. My heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with the McRary & Wilson families. May Kelsey Rest In Peace.

Rick, Kim, & Riley Ziegler - Friends

May 21, 2021, 11:15 pm

Kelsey will always stand out to us as a delightful, funny, kind-hearted soul. We became neighbors after newly moving next door to each other, and our friendship was immediate. We cherish the blessing of the short but meaningful time we had together and have regularly prayed for her, Glen, Brendan, and Ailey. The loss of Kelsey is a loss to the world, and we will miss her dearly.

With sadness,

The Ziegler Family

Siobhan Keiley - Soul sister

May 22, 2021, 7:11 am

To my most beautiful friend,
I miss you all the time. Your laughter. Our silliness. Our sharing. God has blessed us with you and I am forever grateful for knowing your heart.
Glen, Brendan and Ailey have your strength, determination and your kindness. May God continue to watch over them with a hedge of protection.

Samantha Ewing - Kindred friend

May 23, 2021, 7:00 pm

Our hearts are broken for you. Kelsey, Brendan and Ailey were my and my children’s first friends when we began this amazing journey called motherhood. Kelsey was the most beautiful soul I have known. She always made sure to leave those she was with a great bit brighter. May the Lord give you strength and peace that surpasses all understanding. With love, The Ewing Family

Yvette Russo - Friend

May 24, 2021, 7:20 pm

Kelsey always had a way to make me smile and laugh about the silliest of things. She gave the best advice which was always spot on. I will miss you and our friendship so much. We became friends in the craziest of ways and I will never forget that. We both share a passion for baseball and had so much fun on and off the field. I will miss watching the Yanks/Red Sox games via text message with you this year. May God watch over you all. Kelsey loved her family more than anything else in the world. We are heartbroken for you.

nancy - friend

May 25, 2021, 7:31 pm

Nancy (a text/email friend)

Even though I never had the honor of actually meeting Kelsey face to face, I did speak with her on the phone, email her and send her texts.
We became friends through a mutual doctor that I had seen in the past for healing from my cancer. Dr. Eng is her name and she called me and ask me to talk to Kelsey because she had the same, metastatic cancer that I had. I said yes and then we started “talking”. I soon felt a true connection to her, and I think she felt the same way about me.
I feel very blessed to have had the opportunity to try & give her courage, strength & hope. She was a very strong, spirit filled woman! And, I believe she is in Heaven right now!
May God & His angels give you comfort, Glenn, Brendon & Ailey, during this difficult time!

Alane - Neighbor

May 27, 2021, 5:39 pm

In life we meet many people but we seldom meet someone like Kelsey who stands out in so many ways. She was so courageous in her battles and never complained. She was blessed to have a wonderful husband, Glen, her hero and two beautiful children, Ailey and Brendan. They are a wonderful and special family.

My heart goes out to the three of you. We will miss her.

Alane and Marv

Linda Wilson - Mother

June 26, 2021, 6:29 pm

Kelsey, my sweet baby girl, taught me many lessons. She is a true gift from her now heavenly home. There are many stories to tell; but what is simply true is “to know her is to love her.” She is so special; kind, giving, loving and funny with attributes far beyond my teaching. She is truly a gift that grew a beautiful garden, Brendan and Ailey, with Glen, the love of her lifetime. Love, Mom (GoGo)

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