Tuesday, April 8, 2008

We'll miss you Kelly Fenter

Alma "Kelly" Fenter. 1939-2008

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Kelly Fenter on April 7, 2008. Kelly is the wife of our founder Ray Fenter, and mother of our President & CEO Shannon Schur. With her family at her side, Kelly finally lost her battle with emphysema and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Ray and Kelly were married in 1956, and together helped build our family business. When Ray was first starting in the auction business, Kelly served as the office manager, set-up crew, clerk, cashier, and helped in every capacity possible. She also maintained full-time employment to ensure there was enough income to keep the young business afloat. She worked as a Stewardess for Ports-of-Call Airlines, and retired from State Farm Insurance after many years of dedicated service.

Kelly was an avid antique collector, and thoroughly enjoyed learning about and acquiring interesting pieces. She loved to play golf and to be outdoors. A smoker for many years, she developed emphysema and COPD that took a toll on her health in recent years. Rather than stopping for the roadblock these illnesses presented, she simply maneuvered around her health issues and found other ways to pursue her passions. In part to her health, Ray & Kelly retired to Arizona in 2000. Kelly enjoyed traveling, and would often join with Ray and their friends on motorcycle rides.

Kelly enjoyed spending times at casinos, and was a very devoted poker player. She also was a member of the Marine Corps League Auxiliary in Lake Havasu City.Calling to speak with Kelly was always hit or miss. If she was in the middle of an on-line poker tournament, or one of the many other on-line games she enjoyed playing, we knew it was better to call back later.

Kelly is survived by her husband Ray, daughter Shannon and husband Rich, son Alan and wife Patti, and 2 grandchildren, Virginia and Sean. She is also survived by her 5 sisters.Kelly will be greatly missed.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Marine Corps League Auxiliary; JoAnne Sullivan, Treasurer, 595 Burkemo Dr, Lake Havasu City, AZ 86406.

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