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Georgietta Mae Saltzman, 97, of Long Beach, CA passed away on January 7, 2022 of natural causes.
Georgia was born on April 17, 1924 to George Washington Kelley and Emily Kelley in Colby, KS, where her family owned a farm. She had three brothers and one sister and was the youngest of the five children. She graduated from Colby High School in 1942.
After graduation, she landed a job as a sales clerk for See’s Candies, kicking off a 43-year career in the confectionery industry.
In 1948, she met Lloyd Emery Saltzman in Colby, KS and they wed in August of 1948 in Denver, CO. In 1949, Georgia welcomed her first and only child, Patricia Annette. Shortly after, Georgia and Lloyd relocated to San Francisco and then finally settled in Long Beach, CA.
Georgia retired in the early 1990’s. She then spent most of her time with family, helping raise her beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She also raised a tortoise named Tuffy who she found in 1975. Georgia enjoyed traveling throughout California and to Arizona as well. She also enjoyed cheering for her favorite baseball team, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
Georgia was predeceased by her husband, Lloyd Emery Saltzman, her brothers, Emmet, Earnest and Earl Kelley, her sister, Ethel Kelley, her niece, Betty Jean Rosser, her sister-in-law, Marion Kelley, her niece, Sandra Kelley, her nephew, Thomas Kelley, and her loved ones, Lloyd Junior (LJ) and Ruth Saltzman.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Patricia and David Shindledecker, her grandchildren. Lynnette and Todd Shindledecker; her great-grandchildren, Emily Borawski and her partner, Thomas Borawski Junior, Briana Howenstein and her fiance, Maxfield Benton. She is also survived by her niece, Carolyn Millzman, and husband, Marc Millzman, her niece, Connie Grauberger, her great-grand nieces, Jodee Tschirhart and Cheryl Wunderlich, and her great-grandnephew, James McDonald. She is survived by other loved ones as well, including Virginia Starr, Dorothy Pearson and David Howenstein, and many more.
The family welcomes donations to the following charities in honor of Georgia Saltzman as an expression of sympathy.
Live Love Animal Rescue, Long Beach, CA
Georgia held a deep love for all animals. She rescued her beloved Tuffy, a desert tortoise, in 1975 and has cared for him ever since. Tuffy was spoiled with fresh daily produce including endive lettuce and grapes. Please consider donating to Georgia’s local animal rescue-Live Love Animal Rescue which helps provide animals with food, supplies, transportation, vet care and helps them find good homes.
The National World War II Museum, New Orleans, LA
Georgia’s older brother, Earl Kelly, proudly served in the United States Navy during World War II. In honor of her brother, Georgia frequently donated to The National World War II Museum. Please consider donating to The National World War II Museum—your support helps future generations learn about and appreciate the real stories of our WWII heroes.
Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech, Northampton, MA
During WWII, Georgia’s older brother, Earl Kelly served on the USS Northampton. The ship was sunk during the Battle of Guadalcanal in 1942. Kelly survived the sinking, and in the late 1960’s he and other surviving sailors built a relationship with the Clarke School, in Northampton, MA, working to create scholarships for children who were deaf to attend school. Georgia was a strong supporter of the Clarke Schools and your donation helps to provide students with the tools and support they need to sustain their listening and spoken language success.”
Services will be held 1:00 p.m. Saturday, January 29 at Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr, IA with burial in Rose Hill Cemetery.

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