Glendene Lee Kelly


December 12, 2019 - 9:40 AM

Glendene Lee Kelly, age 85, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019, at Allen County Regional Hospital, Iola. 

Glendene was the only surviving child of Glen and Pearl (Overmeyer) Hillman. She was born on March 11, 1934, in Tulsa, Okla. Glendene was raised in Iola by Pearl and her husband, Max “Mick” McClay. She graduated from Mt. Carmel Academy in Wichita. 

Glendene married Benny Holloway, Sr. on Oct.12, 1955, in Amarillo, Texas. Their union was blessed with three children. They spent 13 years in Iowa, then she later moved to Kansas after they divorced. She married David Gary Kelly on Jan. 30, 1982, in Iola. He preceded her in death on May 15, 1985. 

Glendene worked as a nurse’s aide and worked nights while raising her children. She later provided child care. She taught Sunday School at First Baptist Church in Iola. Glendene was active with the Democratic Committee, and also helped with Girl Scouts. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, David Kelly; and a twin sister. 

Glendene is survived by her three children, Benny Holloway and wife, Katherine of Tulsa, Okla.; daughters, Debbie Higginbotham and husband, Ronnie, of Iola, Glenna Garcia and husband, Glenn of Iola; five grandchildren, Jessica Taylor and husband, Joseph; Naomi Holloway, Taylor Garcia and husband, Austin Comer, Melisa Aikins and husband, Grant, John Higginbotham and wife, Jenna; and eight great-grandchildren. 

A memorial service will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Wings of Warrior Cancer Foundation or Friends of the Bowlus, and can be left in the care of the funeral home. Condolences may be left at 


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