The Best Wife in the World: Dolores B. Kelley

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The Best Wife in the World: Dolores B. Kelley


ActiveRain Ambassador Debbie Reynolds has asked blogger members to post up to ten blogs before Thanksgiving expressing our gratitude for our joys and blessings. I am very thankful to have the best wife in the world. Dolores has been a special blessing in my life.

In a comment on a previous blog post, Debe Maxwell, CRS asked me how I met Dolores so I will share that story. I was very active in the Cradock Lions Club and was with the members on a bus trip to visit another club for an oyster roast. During the trip, my seatmate told me that I should meet one of his neighbors. He set up the date. I learned later that she was confused and thought she would be seeing another person with the same first name.

Dolores and I attended Cradock High School in Portsmouth, Virginia but we were in different classes and did not know each other. I had been away at the University of Virginia and was very busy with my real estate business and she had gone to William and Mary College and was working at a retail store in Norfolk. The first date led to many dates and we were engaged on St. Patrick's Day and our wedding was in June. 

In those days, I was active in the management of garden apartment communities and home was a beautifully decorated apartment above the model in one of the new developments. That became our first home. 

Dolores and I have been married for over 53 years. 


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Dahlia, Kidd's Climax, American Dahlia Society Show, Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA USA IMG 5551 Canon PowerShot G11 Camera Photograph by Roy Kelley  Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Dahlia, Kidd's Climax, American Dahlia Society Show, Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA USA IMG 5551
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Realty Group Referrals (Retired from RE/MAX Realty Group)

6 Montgomery Village Ave., Suite 200

Gaithersburg, MD 20879

Main Office:  301-258-7757 (You will not reach me at this number)

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Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Roy - you have a beautiful love story.  I am sure that Dolores feels the same way.

Nov 02, 2018 09:01 AM #2
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Hi Roy... what a lovely post. When fate steps in and it's meant to be, it's meant to be! For you and Dolores it was meant to be!

Nov 02, 2018 10:05 AM #4
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

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Nov 02, 2018 10:08 AM #5
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

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Nov 02, 2018 10:45 AM #7
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

From your blogs, I can tell thay you and Dolores are a match made in Heaven, Roy.

Nov 02, 2018 11:59 AM #8
Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

Congratulations on your 53+ years of happy matrimony! Thanks for sharing.

Nov 02, 2018 01:19 PM #9
Lee Potts
Aloha Group Maui - Lahaina, HI
The smarter we work, the luckier you get.

Thank you for sharing Roy Kelley

Nov 02, 2018 02:07 PM #10
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

What a beautiful post Roy Kelley and a wonderful thing to be grateful for

Nov 02, 2018 04:03 PM #11
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Roy- what a beautiful story about you and Dolores!!!!   You two go hand in hand!

Nov 02, 2018 06:45 PM #12
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Everyone should be grateful for a kind and understanding wife and you certainly are blessed.

Nov 02, 2018 07:05 PM #13
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

And I bet she's just as beautiful as that dahlia you posted.  Congrats of finding the perfect match, it's not easy.

Nov 02, 2018 08:38 PM #14
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

What a lovely post Roy Kelley and I bet that Dolores feels the same, that she has the best husband in the world!

Nov 02, 2018 10:10 PM #15
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

 Roy Kelley , your beautiful Dahlia today works perfectly with your story of You and your Dolores.  Many of us have come to know Dolores through your posts and I know I have come to feel and to know her and she is just as beautiful as your flower. 

Nov 03, 2018 04:46 AM #16
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Roy, now knowing you both, your post makes me smile, and what a lovely tribute to Dolores, and congratulations on such a long and wonderful marriage.

Nov 03, 2018 06:34 AM #18
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Roy, lovely post and congratulations on the 53 years of wedding bliss!

Nov 03, 2018 06:41 PM #19
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

What a sweet story of love. Blessings for many more happy and healthy years together, Roy.

Nov 03, 2018 08:00 PM #20
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

And know we have rest of  the story and great one I must say Roy.  You to are met for each other!

Nov 04, 2018 08:11 AM #22
Gloria Todor
Century 21 Absolute Realty - Springfield, PA
& Doug Durren (484) 431-3686 in SE PA

Roy, Thanks for sharing the story of how your adventure began with Dolores.  That seatmate of yours sure knew what he was doing!  May you and Dolores have many more wonderful years together and continue to share your love of flowers with all of us!

Nov 04, 2018 02:38 PM #24
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for your comments. It is always good to hear from you.

Nov 09, 2018 07:07 AM #26
Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

53 years, congratulations, and a great story. Lovely to share with us. Thank you. -Kasey

Nov 29, 2018 10:30 PM #27
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