An endeared member of the Justin Boots family for more than six decades, Elda "Eddie" Kelly helped the company keep its heritage and tradition alive over the years. Born in Iowa, Eddie was a self-coined "corn-fed girl" who moved to Texas with little knowledge of the western lifestyle. She started with Justin in 1949 as a factory worker and within three months became a supervisor. Eddie was the youngest of the department workers, but with her upbeat attitude and humorous character, she was welcomed with open arms.
When the company decided to open a design department, Eddie became head of design for Justin Boots. She had no formal training but had learned enough about boots through her other experiences at the company that she was able to create patterns and beautiful designs. She even helped make the boots for the famous singing cowboy Gene Autry, who specifically asked that Eddie design his boots.
Eddie finally retired in 1991. Having such a long and loving history with Justin, Eddie couldn't totally pull herself away from the company, so she started working in the archive department a few days a week.
Eddie Kelly was a vital part Justin Boots and we are thankful for everything she did for this company. Ms. Kelly truly upheld the H.J. Justin mission to "uphold the standards and spirit of the True West."