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Ethel Kelley (nee Griffin)

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Kelly, Ethel (nee Griffin) No date
Shore Woman Dies After Crash, Mrs. Ethel Kelley Owned 2 Hotels
OCEAN CITY -- Mrs. Ethel G. Kelley, Ocean City hotel owner and club woman, who was critical injured in a two-car collision near Waterboro, S. C., died last night. She was 57. Her only son, City Councilman Harry P. Kelley Jr., was with his mother when she died in Colleton County Hospital, Waterboro. He had flown to Waterboro Tuesday after learning of the accident. His wife, who left by train yesterday for the South Carolina town, didn't arrive until early today. The body is expected to arrive at the Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin late tonight. She was returning from a three-week vacation in Florida when the accident happened on Tuesday morning, north of Waterboro Her traveling companion Lillian Cropper of Washington, is still in the hospital but her condition is not serious. It was reported Mrs. Kelley's car and another, operated by a 37-year-old South Carolina man , collided. The man, who was unidentified, was killed. He was riding alone, according to the report.
Mrs. Kelley is the wife of Harry P. Kelley of Ocean City, a retired Coast Guardsman. Since Mrs. Kelley began operating the Royalton Hotel in 1927, she became famous for her fine food, especially her pies cakes and rum
buns. As her business grew, she expanded the hotel which today has more than eighty rooms. With her in the Royalton the first four years were Jack Lynch and his mother, the late Mrs. Minnie Lynch. They sold out to Mrs. Kelley. Mrs. Kelley opened her Beach-Plaza Hotel in 1953 and had enjoyed two good seasons there. Both
hotels are on the boardwalk. A native of Sussex County, Delaware, Mrs. Kelley was born Mar., 1898 in the White House Farm on the Indian River. Her farther was the late William Griffin. Mrs. Kelley was a member of
the Ocean City Woman's Club, the Ocean City-Berlin Soroptimist Club and Holly Chapter, Order of Eastern Star in Berlin. She was also a member of Methodist Church here. Besides her husband and only child, Mrs. Kelley is survived by two grandchildren, her mother, Mrs. Kate Griffin of near Ocean City; two brothers, Howard Griffin of Baltimore and William Griffin of Ocean City. Her sister is Mrs. Oscar Richards, operator of the new King Charles Hotel in Ocean City. Funeral arrangements have not been made.

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