Kelly grew up in Victoria, Texas, with her mother and father. When she was a teenager, her father moved the family to Grunwald for his work. She attended high school there, where she met and married Garrett Clegg. Her best friends, Sammie and Rachael, also married their childhood sweethearts.
Garrett's injury during combat deployment and Kelly's subsequent miscarriage of their child prompted Garrett to throw himself into disaster relief volunteering, leaving Kelly largely alone in Grunwald while she works for the local newspaper.
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