Linda M. Kelso, 79, Loving wife, mother, grandmother and Realtor extraordinaire, passed away August 22nd with her loving family by her side. A lifelong resident of Syracuse and a Nottingham High School graduate, Linda had many passions and interests. She was an avid reader, gourmet cook, loved to travel and enjoyed being outdoors, especially on a warm sunny beach which is why they became snowbirds and spent the winters in Florida in recent years. Many knew Linda from her over 40 years in Real Estate as an Associate Broker. During her career she spent several years on the Town of DeWitt assessment review board, held different positions at the Greater Syracuse Association of Realtors, and was consistently ranked as a top producer in her field, once even making the New York Times top 100 list and won many awards, but the title she cherished most of all was being Mrs. Richard H. Kelso.
She married her High School sweetheart and they were going to celebrate 59 years of marriage in a few short weeks on Sept 28th. Linda made every holiday and birthday an event to be remembered, her attention to detail impeccable and everyone welcome. If she found out you were alone for a holiday you were of course, coming to spend it with us. And after the birth of her grandson Max, she took being a grandmother to a whole new level, the bond between the two of them deep and unbreakable.
Linda also believed in giving back to the community she loved and volunteered in many ways. Meals on Wheels, the Contact help hotline, United Cerebral Palsy, Girl Scout leader, just to name a few. She was a compassionate person and never wanted people to feel left out. If you were her friend, you were family.
Linda is survived by the love of her life, her husband Richard H. Kelso, Daughters Stacey (Mitch) Kelso-O’Connor of Manlius, Lori (Lance) Gonzales of Liverpool, Her beloved Grandson Richard Maxwell Kelso-May of Manlius, Step Grandchildren Andrew (Tonya) O’Connor of Tavares, FL, Christina (Mathew) McClary of Bremerton, WA, Two of her five siblings Carol (Bob) Krampetz of Portland, OR and Ellen Kulesa of Syracuse, Sister and brother in laws Ann (Jack) Mott of Cazenovia, Cindy (Doug) Zahm of Tampa, FL and Tom (Cathy) Kelso of Plymouth, MA, 16 Nieces and Nephews and their spouses who adored her.
Calling Hours are Friday September 2nd at DeWitt Community Church 10am-Noon with services to follow at Noon. Burial will be private at a later date.