Kelly was born and reared in Oakdale where she graduated from Oakdale High School in 1986 as an honor student. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting with a minor in Economics and graduated cum laude in December 1989.
Kelly is CEO and President of Rush Funeral Homes, which serves 8 cities in Central Louisiana, Great Central Life Insurance Company, Great Central Fire Insurance Company, Resthaven Cemetery and Restland Memorial Gardens. She also owns and operates The Rush Center, a 28,000 sq. ft. furniture gallery, and Rush Mortgage Investment Company which provides the financing of their products. The Rush Companies may be a quite diversified group, located throughout central Louisiana, however they are a vital part of the economy in the communities in which they serve.
Kelly has a great love for Oakdale and central Louisiana and is proud to call it her home. She always believes in giving back to the community in which she rears her family. She did so by investing in over 30 dilapidated buildings in downtown Oakdale and 60 homes which she totally enovated into thriving businesses and beautiful residences for local families. This was her way of encouraging others to come and live in the town she is so proud to call her home.
Kelly is very active in the civic life of Central Louisiana. She is a member of the Oakdale Area Chamber of Commerce where she served as President for 3 years. She is a member of the Oakdale Rotary Club where she served as President and a member of the Oakdale Lion’s Club. She also serves on the Community Relations Board for the two Federal Complexes in Oakdale, as well as the Board of the GEO/Allen Parish Correctional Facility in Kinder.
She is a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, the Louisiana Funeral Directors Association and the North Louisiana Funeral Directors Association where she serves on the Scholarship Committee and Laws and Legislation committee . Kelly served as Moderator for the Board of Oakdale Community Hospital for 8 years and is a charter member of the Board of the Cenla Advantage Partnership (CAP), a subsidiary of the Rapides Foundation. In April 2008, Kelly was appointed by Governor Bobby Jindal to serve on the Louisiana State Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors.
She was honored by being selected by the Alexandria Town Talk as one of the “Top Ten Outstanding Women in Central Louisiana” and by Focus Magazine as one of the “Top 50 Women Under 50” in Louisiana. Honored by her community, she was the recipient of the President’s Award given by the Oakdale Chamber of Commerce and the Outstanding Leadership Award given by the Federal Complex.
She has been highly recognized as an epitome of success in several newspapers and magazines, including the Alexandria Town Talk, Lake Charles American Press, The Times of Southwest Louisiana and the Retailing News. Kelly was also chosen as the Allen Parish Parent of the Year!
She is a lifelong member of First Baptist Church in Oakdale where she is very involved in the children’s activities.
Kelly is married to Dr. Patrick Savoy and they are the parents of three sons, Rush, John Ross and Peyton.