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Kelley Kavanaugh

Posted By Cody Jones On March 23, 2018 @ 12:21 pm In Obituary | 17 Comments

Kelley Kavanaugh

Kelley Slack Kavanaugh
February 29, 1968 – March 22, 2018

Kelley Slack Kavanaugh died peacefully at Brazos Valley Hospice in Bryan, Texas, on March 22, 2018, at the age of 50, surrounded by family, friends and her favorite memories and pictures. A time for visitation will be from 6 until 8pm Monday, March 26, 2018, at Callaway-Jones Funeral Center, 3001 S College Ave in Bryan. A Life Tribute Celebration service is set for 11 am Tuesday, March 27, at Christ United Methodist Church in College Station with Rev. Jerry House officiating. There will be a private family interment at the College Station Memorial Cemetery. Services are in the care of Callaway-Jones Funeral and Cremation Centers of Bryan College Station.

Kelley was born in Lubbock, Texas, on February 29, 1968, and grew up in Tyler, Texas, graduating from Robert E. Lee High School in 1986, still keeping in touch with many of her girlfriends who continued to provide love and support when she needed it most.  She attended TCU and graduated from Texas A&M University in 1990 and started her career in financial services, moving quickly into management positions. She maintained many lifelong relationships from her dedication and mentorship of her colleagues.

She met the love of her life, Ross Kavanaugh, in 1995 and later married in Las Vegas, Nevada, in 1998. They built their home in College Station where they had two beautiful twins daughters, Kate and Sara, in 2007. Kelley never took the short path and fought hard through every step of this journey.  Four years later, her life was changed with the discovery of stage 4 breast cancer. She never allowed this to define who she was.

She remained steadfast in her love for Christ Jesus, positive of the healing power of the Lord, faithful in God’s grace and hopeful for a cure. Kelley surrounded herself with positive healing influences and began a new journey that included the support from a Glamping group that became her Tribe. She was involved in Bible study at Christ United Methodist Church. You could follow her journey on her blog, Kelley’s Krusade. Kelley’s devotion to her family, her friends, and to her Lord and Savior gives us all faith that we will see her again in Heaven.  Her beautiful smile shines down on us today.

Kelley is preceded in death by her Father Rickey James Marlar, her Mother Shirley Elaine Dunfee, her Grandmother Virginia Marlar, her Grandfather Jimmie Marlar, and her Grandfather Joe Harris, and her Mother-in-law Doinan Kavanaugh.

She is survived by her husband John Ross Kavanaugh and twin daughters, Kate Elizabeth Kavanaugh and Sara Elayna Kavanaugh of College Station, Texas, and her son Jacob Kavanaugh and his fiancé Brittany Mater from Spring, Texas, her Grandmother Betty Jane Harris, her Aunt Tomie Marlar Mason, her Uncle David Fletcher and Aunt Charlotte Fletcher, her Aunt and second mother Sharell Harris Bane, her Uncle Ronald Harris, and Brother-in-law Dwayne Kavanaugh and his wife Vicki Kavanaugh, Brother-in-law Ray Kavanaugh and his wife Mindi Kavanaugh, and nephews and nieces: Brian Kavanaugh, Jeffery Kavanaugh, Monica Eriskine, Maci Greene, Kyle Kavanaugh, Molli Greene, Kaleigh Kavanaugh, Marshall Greene, Korra Kavanaugh, Miranda Greene, Myla Greene, Cole Kavanaugh, Logan Kavanaugh, and Emily Kavanaugh, and cousins: Don Held, Chicki Terry, Lauren Harris, Gabi Love, Joey Harris and Max Harris.

In lieu of flowers please send donations to TAMU.MTM@CAMPKESEM.ORG

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Condolence from Russell & Jane Canady on March 23rd, 2018 1:25 pm

Ross, Kate & Sara, I feel deeply for you each and while I know this time is difficult please know Jesus will take care of her and I ask you each to put the same faith your wonderful wife and mother placed in the lord. I hope you find peace and I will certainly miss Kelley and her beautiful outlook on life. It was my pleasure and honor to know such a beautiful friend.

Condolence from Michele Mahan on March 23rd, 2018 1:35 pm

you had such a significant impact on me as a leader, a woman, and as a person. Your light will forever shine amongst us. I am so blessed to have known you and to have been able to call you my friend. You were always kind, inspiring, motivating, joyful, and expressive. You brightened a room like no other and I know that many of us aspire to have your zest for life and relationships. What a celebration they must have had in Heaven yesterday knowing that you were coming home. You will be forever thought of and missed but I know that we will meet again one day. Save me a seat at your table Kelley. I love you and I will honor you by always striving to be a better person, leader, and friend.

Condolence from Stephanie Walton on March 23rd, 2018 5:50 pm

Kelley, you will be forever missed and never forgotten. You always had such a rainbow spirit, its one of many things that I admired about you. I know they always say, the ones we love are in a better place of peace, but we’re human and it still hurts like you know what when reality hits that we will no longer see you or hear your funny laugh on this side. But I’m happy I had the opportunity to know you and I’m happy you can hug God every day and tell him funny jokes.

Condolence from Tracey Cannon on March 23rd, 2018 7:56 pm

My sweet Kelley…. They’re aren’t words to express how much I love you and how much our friendship means to me. I will miss you terribly!!


Condolence from Angela Ross on March 23rd, 2018 8:24 pm

I’m so glad I got to meet you through our mutual love of Glamping! You spirit and smile were infectious, and girl, you could rock that pixie cut! Love and kisses, comfort and peace to you family.

Condolence from Kathy Sherrill on March 23rd, 2018 8:36 pm

Even though I never worked for you directly you always inspired me and I adored you. Your infectious smile and your beautiful personality, you were always there for anyone and everyone. You are now pain free and flying with the angels. Until we meet again sweet Kelley.

Condolence from Deby Perrone on March 23rd, 2018 9:01 pm

Dear Ross, Sara and Kate.
We are so heart broken about the loss of your sweet wife and moma.
We loved her with all our heart and soul. We shall never forget Kelley.
We are always be here for you.
Live, laugh and love
Mike and Deby Perrone

Condolence from Anna on March 23rd, 2018 9:19 pm

My thoughts and are prayers are with all of you. May Kelley rest in peace and be with her Mom now Shirley.
I am so very sorry for your loss. God give you peace at this time .

Condolence from Joan Rich (Bush) on March 24th, 2018 7:40 am

Ross, so sorry to hear about your loss. Sending prayers. Dear God, please wrap your arms around Ross and his family and give them courage to celebrate Kelly and take one day at a time.

Condolence from Genny (Anderson) Ubnoskye on March 24th, 2018 11:05 am

Though your time on earth was short, your impact will be everlasting. I reflect on my memories of being friends and roommates and I just smile. You were truly inspirational during your fight and I am in awe of your faith and positivity. May God wrap his loving and healing arms around Ross, Kate and Sara. Thank you for showing me no matter your circumstances, how to enjoy your life to the fullest.

Condolence from Martha Boughton on March 24th, 2018 1:28 pm

We didn’t know Kelley personally, our connection is through Jacob and Brittany, who we love with all our hearts. When I read Kelley’s story I see that she was a fighter and a loving person to all she knew. I wish we would of had the time to know her. The Lord had other plans for her and someday we will meet in His loving arms.
Our thoughts and prayers to the Kavanaugh family.

Bobby and Martha Boughton

Condolence from Becki and Deb Cain on March 25th, 2018 9:19 am

We are so sorry for your loss. I pray that god wraps you and your family in his arms and shows you peace during this heartbreak. Love always , the Cain family

Condolence from Kay Southers on March 26th, 2018 11:18 am

She was such bright shining star in life and now in heaven. She will be so missed by so many. Love to Ross, Kate and Sarah. Keeping y’all and entire family in my prayers for peace at this time.

Condolence from Kym Williams on March 27th, 2018 8:50 am

I am so sorry to hear about Kelley’s passing! I didn’t know until today or I would have offered my condolences in person. Please know we will be praying for you, your girls, your family and friends who loved Kelley and are impacted by the loss. May God give you all strength, courage and comfort during the changes this will bring to your lives.

Kym & James Williams

Condolence from Lara on March 27th, 2018 10:54 am

Thinking of you, Ross, Kate and Sara. I have so many memories of you and Kelley, and of us all together. I am so very sorry for your loss, but I am grateful that she is at peace now and free of illness.

Condolence from tom lawson on March 29th, 2018 9:47 pm

met only once.. will forever remember

Condolence from FIMC on March 30th, 2018 8:02 am

We are so sorry for your loss.

Kelly showed us all that there are a lot of ways to be strong and to fight. We will miss working with her. Prayers to all her family and friends.


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