Irene Kelly Wall

Published 9:38 am Friday, April 29, 2016

NATCHEZ — Private family services will be held graveside at Natchez City Cemetery for Margaret Irene Kelly Wall, 79, of Natchez and Baton Rouge, La.

Mrs. Wall died Wednesday, April 27, at 9:30 a.m. at her home in Baton Rouge, following a yearlong battle with cancer.

She was born Nov. 1, 1936, in Natchez to Herbert Leland Kelly and Jessie Holmes Kelly, who preceded her in death. She lived all except the last year of her life in Natchez.

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Her husband, William J. “Bill” Wall, preceded Mrs. Wall in death in 1994. Two brothers, Charles H. Kelley and George L. Shillak, also preceded her in death.

She attended Natchez High School and worked as a young woman at WNAT radio station, and later at WMIS radio station in bookkeeping and sales.

After a number of years as a homemaker, Mrs. Wall returned to work as a bookkeeper at Allgood Business Machines in Natchez.

She was active for many years with Dixie Youth Baseball and operated the league’s concession stands while her sons played ball in Duncan Park. She enjoyed visiting with her children, grandchildren and great-grandson, shopping for perfume and anything that sparkled, listening to Frank Sinatra and watching her favorite movie, Lonesome Dove.

Mrs. Wall is survived by her five children: three daughters, Terry Griffey of Baton Rouge, Jan Griffey of Vicksburg and Anna Wall (Angelo) Amos of Baton Rouge; two sons, James G. “Bubba” (Anita) Griffey of St. Francisville, La., and William Charles Kelly Wall of Baton Rouge, with whom she lived; two stepchildren, Alan Wall of Austin, Texas, and Suzanne Wall Joffrion of Houston, Texas; 10 grandchildren, Amie Stutzman (Robert) McNaylor of Baton Rouge, John Wesley Griffey of Zachary, La., Richard Williams, Phillip Williams and Kathaleen Griffey of St. Francisville, Jeffrey Clark and Anna Katherine Clark, both of Baton Rouge, and Joseph Wall, Abby Wall and Maggie Wall, all of Baton Rouge; and one great-grandchild, Finnan Bruce McNaylor of Baton Rouge.

Donations in her memory may be made to the Natchez-Adams Humane Society or to the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.