Carolyn Faye Kelley was born in Shreveport, Louisiana on October 5, 1961 to Bill Rogers and Annie Mae Rogers. Carolyn was the youngest of 13 siblings, Roy Rogers, Willie B Rogers, JD Rogers, David Rogers, Bill Rogers, Otis Rogers, Joel Rogers, Robert Earl Rogers, and sisters Viola Suckey, Maoler McCartney, Helen Frasier, and Veria Rogers.
The Rogers family relocated from Louisiana to San Diego around 1963, when Carolyn was just two years old. In her teenage years she attended Gompers middle school and Lincoln high school, located in Southeast San Diego. Her education was abruptly discontinued at the age of 15, due to teen pregnancy. In 1978 she gave birth to her first child, Fuhyda Rogers, followed by two sons Alonzo Rogers 36, and Jamar Rogers. Her 1st three children were fathered by Lorenzo Young, who left while she was pregnant with her third child. Need-less to say, life was very hard for young Carolyn, being a single teenage mom.
In 1983 Carolyn's life made a turn for the best when she met her soulmate, Martinez M. Kelley. It was love at first sight! One of the things that made Carolyn love Martinez the most was his love and acceptance of her three children. He cared for them as if they were his own. Carolyn also loved Martinez's son from a previous relationship , Omar Kelley, and never used the word "step" when referring to her son, Omar. They were together for many years before Carolyn and Martinez officially married on April 2, 1991. Their union brought forth the lives of three more beautiful children, Nickeyala Kelley, Martinez Marty Kelley Jr, and Marques Lee Kelley.
Carolyn was a faithful wife, a loving mother, an awesome grandma, a wonder- ful friend, and adored by all her nieces, nephews, and cousins, which she made a point to call and check on often through phone calls, texts, and even through Facebook. Carolyn especially enjoyed talking with her niece, Sweetla Williams (affectionately nicknamed "Love"). They could talk and laugh on the phone for hours! Carolyn adored ALL of her nieces and nephews. She also enjoyed family gatherings, cooking, watching movies and going on trips with her husband and his band, and going to church. She has been a member of St. Stephens COGIC for many decades. Some of her other passions were perfume, dressing up, getting her nails and eyelashes done, and wearing matching outfits with her husband. She was truly beautiful inside and out!
Carolyn Kelley returned to school in her late 20s, and obtained her GED, as well as many other certificates from Mid City Community College. She also success- fully completed an internship at Mercy Hospital in the Maternal Childcare health department. In 2002 Carolyn begin her job as a customer service specialist at the Navy Exchange. She worked at her job proudly, obtaining many awards for employee of the month. She was well loved by her co-workers and management. Carolyn enjoyed her job. She knew her customers by name, and she loved talking about her job to anyone who would listen! She worked at NEX for eight years, until she sustained a severe back and shoulder injury from lifting. This was the beginning of a grueling, uphill battle that would include six years of excruciating pain, continuous medications, legal battles, and multiple surgeries that ultimately contributed to her untimely passing. Carolyn was always smiling, often making it hard to tell that she was always in pain.
On Wednesday, March 22 at 2:58 p.m. the Lord decided to call Carolyn back home to Him. Although the family is deeply saddened by the loss of our beautiful matriarch, we MUST rejoice in knowing that she is no longer suffering. No more pain, no more surgeries, no more endless medications. We are confident that her body is now at peace, and that her soul is forever resting in the arms of The Lord.
Carolyn was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Willie B, JD, and David, and sisters Viola, Maoler, Pat (JD's wife), and Veria.
Carolyn is survived by husband Martinez M. Kelley; sons Omar Kelley, Alonzo Rogers, Jamar Rogers, Martinez Marty Kelley, Jr., Marques Lee Kelley; daughters Fuhyda Tucker, Nickeyala Kelly, Tonie Rogers, and Janine Lieras-Kelley; brothers Roy Rogers , Bill Rogers Jr, Otis Rogers, Joel Rogers, Robert Earl Rogers; sister Helen Fraiser; eleven grandchildren, along with a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great nephews, cousins, and other relatives and friends.