Marjorie H. Kelly has been a long time supporter and dear friend to Edison State College. It all began in 1997 when the Foundation received a random phone call to asking her to meet Mrs. Kelly at a watch repair shop in downtown Fort Myers. Marjorie introduced herself and said she wanted to help support education in the community she loved so much and presented a check for $25,000.
Marj Kelly lived a very quiet life in Clewiston, Florida. Born in Concord, Georgia on September 17, 1908, she completed her schooling and moved to West Palm Beach, Florida, where she met her future husband, E.E. (Pop) Kelly. She and Pop lived in Clewiston where they owned the Clewiston Motor Company, now Kelly Tractor Company.
After Pop passed away in 1956, the Kelly family established the Kelly Foundation to provide scholarships for undergraduate students in Southwest Florida and to provide grant money for other charitable organizations. She was a member of the Clewiston Garden Club, the B.P.W. and a member of the First Baptist Church. In 2000, Marj was the recipient of the “Women of Accomplishment” award at Palm Beach Community College.
Marjorie Kelly passed away in March of 2007 leaving more that $400,000 to Edison College for scholarship assistance. “Marjorie supported her causes without any expectations of receiving anything in return. She was as elegant and gracious as they come. She simply wanted to support the community that meant so much to her”, said Tracey Galloway, District Director of the Edison State College Foundation. Edison College is truly blessed to be the benefactor of the Mrs. Kelly’s philanthropy.