Published on March 4th, 2015 | by Millennium Magazine Staff1
In Memory of Mrs. Anne Ashton Pendleton Garrison Kelly
Anne Ashton Pendleton Garrison Kelly died suddenly on February 28, 2015. She was born on June 27, 1956 in Tampa, Florida to Anne Ashton Garrison and Charles Pendleton Garrison. Anne graduated from Lake Highland Preparatory School in Orlando, Florida and went on to graduate from the University of the South at Sewanee in 1978 with a Bachelor of Arts in English. She also studied at Oxford University in England. While at Sewanee, she was a founding member of Theta Kappa Phi Sorority.
Anne graduated from the National Center for Paralegal Training in 1987. She was employed as a corporate paralegal at Coca-Cola Worldwide headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia followed by stints at several firms in the Atlanta area. She then moved to Columbia, South Carolina to begin a long and rewarding career at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, serving mainly in the Columbia office. In 2009, Anne was selected by the Richland County Clerk of Court, Jeanette McBride, as her Chief Deputy. She served in this capacity with distinction until her untimely death.
Anne was a member of the Ann Pamela Cunningham Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the General Society of the Mayflower Descendants, the National Huguenot Society and a sustaining member of the Junior League. At the time of her death, Anne was serving as the first woman member of the Board of the Jim Hamilton–L.B. Owens Airport Commission.
In 2002, Anne met the love of her life, Mike Kelly. They were married on February 5, 2005. Anne and Mike had ten amazing years together, enjoying many common interests — especially traveling, fine dining and good wine!
Anne’s other passions were her impeccable eye for fashion and interior design as well as her love for entertaining as the consummate hostess. She also loved her frequent jaunts to New York City with her girlfriends. Anne lit up every room she entered with her grace, charm and her engaging personality. Although she was not an attorney, Anne was highly respected and an adored figure in the legal community.
Anne is survived by her husband D. Michael Kelly; her parents, Charles P. and Anne Ashton Garrison; her sister, Alline Garrison Hope; her stepsons, Patrick (Martha) Kelly and Mackenzie Kelly; her sister-in-law Kathy (Pete) Calamas; her nieces, Elizabeth Hope and Kelly Calamas, and nephew, Walker Hope; and her many friends that loved her dearly.
Memorials can be made to St. Martin’s in the Fields Foundation, 5220 Clemson Avenue, Columbia, South Carolina 29206 or to the Sewanee Annual Fund: The University of the South, 735 University Avenue, Sewanee, Tennessee 37383.