Aiya Kelley was born in Okinawa, Japan, where her parents served as missionaries after twenty years of service in the United States Air Force. Aiya has lived in Guthrie for over thirty years, graduating from the University of Central Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Arts degree in piano performance.
Aiya was the first female to graduate from the same university with a Master of Arts degree in Jazz Studies and Sound Engineering/Music Production. She is also fluent in Japanese.
Aiya Attaway Kelley, who had already been crowned Mrs. Guthrie, won the recent Mrs. Oklahoma Regency International 2018 pageant and will be traveling to Las Vegas, Nevada, in July, to represent our state and to compete for Mrs. US/Regency International.
Kelley’s platform for the pageant, "Standing Tall Through It All," focuses on victims of abuse, particularly that of domestic violence. She is well known throughout our area for her talent at the piano, vocal skills, and motivational speaking. Kelley also works with several non-profit organizations that focus on helping families in challenging situations.
Aiya Kelley has just completed her eleventh year as a Professor of Piano and Music at Langston University, and has taught all grades from preschool through high school, leading her high school vocalists to regional and national titles.
She is the Director of Music for Lakeside United Methodist Church, and often volunteers for non-profit organizations serving Logan County, teaches a weekly Bible study and trains in the art of Kung Fu at the Golden Dragon Dojo in Guthrie.
Kelley has a deep commitment in support of the military, with her father being a retired Air Force Master Sergeant, her husband’s past service in the Army National Guard, and their blended family including two sons who served in the Marines and are now both police officers, one daughter-in- law is a school teacher and one is an administrator with a state police department; their oldest daughter is a Nurse Practitioner whose husband works for the Social Security Administration.
Kelley lives in Guthrie with her husband, George, who was born on a dairy farm, owned by his parents, in New York. George, an ordained minister, also served as a missionary for many years in Papua New Guinea, holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree, worked in agriculture-irrigation in Nebraska, built and operated a juvenile treatment facility and is a licensed pilot.
Aiya’s daughter, Carolina, is in her first year of law school. Aiya is the daughter of Reverend William and Mrs. Carol Thorn of Guthrie, Oklahoma.
Mrs. Kelley is prepared to put her knowledge, experience and passion to work for those whom she calls “her people,” her fellow Oklahomans.