Maryland Blogger: 53rd Wedding Anniversary: Roy and Dolores Kelley

53rd Wedding Anniversary: Roy and Dolores Kelley

 53rd Wedding Anniversary: Roy and Dolores Kelley


Today is our 53rd wedding anniversary. I am lucky to have the best wife in the world. Dolores and I were married on June 12, 1965 in Cradock, my home community in Portsmouth, Virginia. We spent the first night of our honeymoon at the Williamsburg Inn in Colonial Williamsburg and drove north from there to Canada. My automobile, a new Lincoln Continental, would now be a collector's item.

I was in my fourth year in the real estate business when we were married. Fortunately, I was living in a beautifully decorated apartment in a garden complex that were managing and that was our first home. 


Dahlia, Valley Porcupine, National Capital Dahlia Society Show, Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, Maryland USA IMG 3047 Canon PowerShot G11 Camera Photograph by Roy Kelley  Roy and Dolores Kelley Photograph

Dahlia, Valley Porcupine, National Capital Dahlia Society Show,

Brookside Gardens, Wheaton, Maryland USA IMG 3047
Canon PowerShot G11 Camera
Photograph by Roy Kelley 
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photograph

Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Roy Kelley and Associates


Roy Kelley, Associate Broker

Realty Group Referrals (Retired from RE/MAX Realty Group)

6 Montgomery Village Ave., Suite 200

Gaithersburg, MD 20879

Main Office:  301-258-7757 (You will not reach me at this number)

Send an email message if you need my phone numbers. I will be happy to recommend a real estate professional if you are moving to the area.

Comment balloon 36 commentsRoy Kelley • May 29 2018 05:03PM


Good afternoon Roy - congratulations to you and Dolores. What a wonderful married life.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) 9 months ago

Congtatulations to the two of you.  What a great inspiring track record for all of us to cheer!  Wishing you many more happy years together.  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) 9 months ago

Hi Roy Kelley congratulations to you and your bride, Chef Dolores.... God Bless you both.... 

Posted by Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes" (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) 9 months ago

Happy Anniversary --- let's see some photos, Roy.

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 9 months ago

Congratulations Roy! Happy Anniversary and I hope that you are able to celebrate many more happy years together. 

I love that flower photo!

Posted by Libby Cousins, Contract Mortgage Processor, licensed in WA (Extraordinary Processing) 9 months ago

Hello Roy Kelley Congratulation and Happy 53rd Anniversary to you & Delores!


Posted by John Pusa, Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest) 9 months ago

Congratulations, Roy Kelley. Cheers to many, many more years together. 


Posted by PropertyMinder (AccelerAgent), Modern Tools for the Modern Agent (PropertyMinder, Inc.) 9 months ago

Happy Anniversary. Congratulations, not many get to celebrate such a great accomplishment.

Posted by Joseph Domino 480-390-6011, Real Estate Made Easy (HomeSmart) 9 months ago

 Happy Anniversary, Roy and Dolores.

       You mentioned your Lincoln Continental.   Jay Leno just bought a 1966 Lincoln, original and unrestored, from a lady who purchased it new, and seldom drove it.

   See the car in this video !

Posted by Fred Griffin presently on Leave of Absence, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker (Fred Griffin Real Estate) 9 months ago

53 years of wedded bliss is quite the milestone, Roy.  Something that you and Dolores can be proud of.  Happy Anniversary!

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) 9 months ago

Congrats on 53 years!!!  we see less and less of these anniversaries now days!

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) 9 months ago

Congratulations Roy and Dolores!  Wishing you many more years of wedded bliss!


Posted by Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671 (Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams fox cities) 9 months ago

Congrats Roy Kelley and thanks for sharing!

Posted by Lee Potts, The smarter we work, the luckier you get. (Aloha Group Maui) 9 months ago

Congratulations Roy. On July 5th I celebrate my 5th anniversary. You are a better man than I.

Posted by Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties (The Virtual Real Estate Team) 9 months ago

Congratulations Roy and Dolores. What wonderful and memorable times you no doubt have shared!


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (Solutions Real Estate ) 9 months ago

Congratulations to you and Dolores, Roy!!! 53 years of marriage is definitely something to celebrate.   

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) 9 months ago

Wishing you many more years of wedded bliss. Happy Anniversary to you and Dolores!

Posted by Joyce Marsh, Luxury Market Specialist, Million Dollar Guild, CLHMS, CNE, SRES (JOYCE MARSH REAL ESTATE COMPANY ) 9 months ago

How lovely Roy Kelley wishing you and Dolores a Very Happy Anniversay and many more!

Posted by Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless! (Lisa Von Domek Team) 9 months ago

You got off to a good start and have had many happy years since. Congratulations, Roy and Dolores.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) 9 months ago

What a wonderful trip down memory lane, Roy! Congratulations to you and Dolores on your 53rd!


Happy 53rd Roy & Dolores

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods ( | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) 9 months ago

Congratulations, Roy Kelley to both you and Dolores. That is a wonderful accomplishment and a credit to the love, understanding and patience that you have both shown over the years.

Posted by John Juarez, ePRO, SRES, GRI, PMN (The Medford Real Estate Team) 9 months ago

Congratulations to you and Dolores on your wedding anniversary.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) 9 months ago

Congratulations Roy and Dolores on your 53rd Wedding Anniversary .. a true testament to your love and commitment... marriage is not always easy, and someimes requires hard work and a the younger generation could learn a lot from you two!!  

Posted by Gloria Valvasori, Accredited Senior Agent, REAL Experience | REAL Commitment | REAL Results! (BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS REAL ESTATE SIGNATURE SERVICE) 9 months ago

Congrats to both you and Dolores, Roy.  I am so glad that you two managed to find each other early in your lives.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) 9 months ago

Congratulations!!!  :)

Posted by Brenda Mayette, Getting results w/ knowledge & know-how! (Miranda Real Estate Group, Inc.) 9 months ago


53 years.

During that time you saw all the stages. Infatuation, power struggle. disillusionment, complacency, tradition and now legacy.

Through each phase you and Delores found the 'magic' to resolve your differences and unify in your purpose(s). That would be something to blog about.

53 years. It CAN be done!

Posted by Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041, Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ (ReMax Realtec Group) 9 months ago

Congratulations to you and Dolores once again, Roy. I love how after 53 years you still feel you married the best girl in the world!

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage ) 9 months ago

"how lucky to have the best wife in the world" - what a wonderfully special, loving sentiment, and I can guarantee Dolores knows "she has the best husband in the world" - Congrats! to both of you Roy Kelley!! 

Posted by Allie Angeloni (Long Realty ) 8 months ago

Congratulations Roy Kelley and Dolores! You are an inspiration to all of us. I'm proud to be connected to you.

Posted by Richard Bazinet /MBA, CRS, ABR, Phoenix Scottsdale. Sellers, Buyers & Relocations (WestUSA Realty) 8 months ago

How did I miss this post!  Happy Anniversary to you Roy and your wonderful wife Dolores.  You are the luckiest man in the world!

Posted by Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, (928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR® (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) 8 months ago

Roy, so sorry to miss this post, and Happy Anniversary to you and Dolores.  So many cannot get this far in a marriage!  

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) 8 months ago

First, a belated Happy 53rd Anniversary to Roy and Dolores.  I am sorry and have no idea how I missed this.  I loved your story of some of the happenings in your life back 53 years ago.  Beautiful, Roy - as beautiful as your flower of the day.

Posted by Jane Chaulklin-Schott, TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836 (TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766) 8 months ago

Congratulations Roy and Delores!  Happy for you both...

so Roy do you think one of the secrets to a long and happy marriage is love, trust and a wife who cooks really really good?!!?

Posted by Debra Leisek ( Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska) 8 months ago

Sorry I missed this last month. I loved Annette's most realistic comment. When you celebrate an anniversary these days, you know you've seen it all and this is the real thing. All the best to you and Delores now and forever more.

Posted by Jill Sackler, LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate (Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500) 8 months ago

Thanks so much for your good wishes for our anniversary. Your comments are much appreciated.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 8 months ago

The Main Street Farmers and Artists Market is open Saturdays, year round, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. You’ll find it in the Main Street Pavilion at 301 Main Street, one block off of Kentlands Boulevard, with several local farms, kitchens, and a variety of local artists with unique handcrafted items. Products available for purchase include a vast assortment of fruits and vegetables, jams and jellies, various herbs, cut flowers, and potted plants, baked goods, crab cakes, dog treats, meat, eggs, and honey. Our arts and craft vendors sell jewelry, photographs, health and beauty products, blown glass, knitted items, quilts, purses, woodworking items, clothing, children’s accessories, yard art, and more!

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 6 months ago