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
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