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Elizabeth Kelts ’51

  Elizabeth Kelts died August 29, 2018 at the age of 90 of heart failure after a brief period of rapidly declining health.

  Libby, as she was called when younger, was born in 1928 in the small town of Sylvia in the middle of Kansas wheat country. She was the first of four children raised by John and Marjorie Cecil. Libby attended Antioch College in Ohio, where she studied psychology and early childhood education. While there she met her future husband, William David "Dave" Kelts ‘50, one of the many war veterans on the GI bill that were then filling the schools to overflowing.

  In 1956 Dave and Libby moved their family to Sacramento, California, where Dave worked for the State of California and Libby cared for their four children. Among other interests, both loved traditional jazz and spent many happy days at the Dixieland Jubilee and other California concerts.

  Dave died unexpectedly in 1984 and Elizabeth spent 34 years living a quiet life as a widow. She was also predeceased by her youngest daughter Wendy, who died in 2009, and her brother John Cecil Jr., who died in 2001.

  Elizabeth is survived by her children Julie, Lynn, and George Kelts, and George's wife Janet, all of Sacramento; sisters Ginny Mareks of Laguna Woods, California and Norma McElwain of Wichita, Kansas; and three grandchildren, Sarah Kidd of San Jose, Anne Kelts of San Francisco, and George "Ted" Kelts IV of Sacramento. All remember her as someone who valued her family above all else. In accordance with Elizabeth's wishes, there will be no memorial service and her remains will be cremated. Anyone wishing to donate in Elizabeth's memory might consider the Democratic Party or Antioch College.