Marjorie Kelley

Marjorie Donerson Kelley, 94, of Atlantic Beach, died Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021, in her home.

A graveside service is at 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 18 at Gethsemane Memorial Park.

After growing up in eastern North Carolina, and graduating from Dover High School, Marjorie moved to Norfolk, Virginia, where she held a civil service position as a payroll clerk during WWII. Upon her return to eastern North Carolina, she worked as a secretary before moving to Raleigh, where she earned a degree at Hardbarger's Business College and gained employment within the offices of the North Carolina State Legislature. Thereafter, she moved to Carteret County, where she worked out of her home as a Real Estate Broker and was able to spend more time with her family before helping to establish Crossroads Insurance and Real Estate Agency, in Havelock.

She loved her family and friends. And her lifelong interests in business, politics, and current events were matched by a strong wit, a love of people, an undeniable sense of humor, and a rare blend of devotion and expectation that she regularly expressed to those around her.

Survivors include her daughter, Patricia O. Kelley, of Morehead City; granddaughter, Mary B. Hirsekorn and husband Andrew B. Hirsekorn of Atlanta, GA; 3 great-grandchildren, Whitney Sloane, Ashley, and Lindsay Gray Hirsekorn, all of Atlanta, GA; and five nieces and nephews, including Daniel Quinn of Vanceboro, William Wooten of Clayton, Beth French of Atlantic Beach, Luther Lewis and Sophie Bowen, both of Kinston; and all of the members of their respective families.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Sophia and Daniel Donerson of Dover; husband, L. E. Kelley, of Atlantic Beach; son, E. Baxter Brittingham of Morehead City; three sisters, Joyce Wooten, of Kinston, Daphne Cleve, of Vanceboro, and Peggy Lewis of Atlantic Beach; and, niece, Anna Wooten-Hawkins of Raleigh.

She is sure to be missed and well-remembered by all who knew and loved her.

Arrangements by Munden Funeral Home & Crematory in Morehead City, NC. Family and friends are welcome to submit online condolences at

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