The Parish Council were saddened to hear of the death of Marjorie Kelly MBE, just days before her 90th birthday.
Her son, Jim, has asked us to share information about her funeral which will take place on Thursday 7th January 2021.
Our mother was a long term supporter of several community organisations in Wombourne, especially the Volunteer Bureau, and attended a lot of events at the Civic Centre. The funeral will start from her home, Churchwell Court, Walk Lane at 1.30 on 7 January 2021 the hearse will pause outside the Volunteer Bureau between 1.35-1.40 pm, before going to Wyre Forest Crematorium where the celebration of her life will be held from 2.30 to 3.00pm.
As the funeral is limited to 30 people we are suggesting that any Wombourne people who want to say goodbye go to either Churchwell Court or the Volunteer Bureau. The ceremony at the Crematorium is going to be live-streamed at 2.30 on the day and will be available for a week afterwards. The link is:
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Chairman of the Parish Council has paid tribute to Marjorie, at her families request, to be read at her funeral:
- MBE in 2001
- Longstanding Labour supporter – her favourite colour is red
- Governor of Blakeley Heath school
- Huge supporter of anything in Wombourne
- President of the Volunteer Bureau
- The group received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in 2014
- ‘We don’t turn anyone away if we can help it.’
- Involved since its formation in 1973
- Still a bingo caller
Today we are gathered to mark a great sadness. It is made all the more poignant for the circumstances in which we are gathered. Whilst as many as allowed will no doubt be gathering in person, with many others attending via live stream, or paying their respects at Wombourne’s Volunteer Bureau prior to this service, the limitations we are now living with will make today all the more difficult.
Those of you present, whether physically or otherwise, come together today to pay your respects to a rather wonderful lady. Marjorie Kelly MBE passed away days before her 90th birthday. She was a lady that touched the hearts of many.
To fully explore just how Marjorie came to be so loved by so many, and rightly recognised for a lifetime dedicated to the service, support and care for others, we need to reflect on that life and some of the choices she made.
Some of my Parish Council colleagues have themselves known Marjorie for over fifty years. Even half a century ago, she was firmly placing herself at the heart of Wombourne’s thriving volunteer community, whether this was as a governor of Blakeley Heath primary school or founding the village’s very own Volunteer Bureau.
The Bureau itself was established in 1973. The scope of this organisation is too vast to recount in any great detail. However, to summarise, it supports the elderly, the vulnerable and the disadvantaged, and provides opportunities for community spirited individuals to do good for the benefit of their community. The reason I spell this out is because this organisation exactly represents the very being of Marjorie; a caring, passionate and longstanding institution, they are virtually inseparable.
It is therefore no surprise that Marjorie was politically active as well as so community-spirited. A committed supporter of the Labour Party for many years, her favourite colour just had to be red! Already seventy-one by the time she received her MBE – richly deserved for a life already well lived and dedicated to others – this was merely another stop on Marjorie’s quest to create a better world wherever she could. As President of the Bureau, she gladly received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in 2014. Indeed, she continued as a bingo caller right up until the first lockdown forced the Bureau to suspend its communal activities.
All those that knew her well say that Marjorie lived and breathed Wombourne, and thanks to her tireless dedication, her values will continue to live on in the village for generations yet. Today is a sad day. We mourn the passing of a woman who brought joy to so many, but we can also share in our memories of that inspirational individual.
Marjorie Kelly MBE will be sorely missed from our community, but through our recognition and support for the institutions she was instrumental in building, her memory will live on.