Who Is Kelly Anne Welbes Abagnale – Frank Abagnale Jr’s Wife?

Kelly Anne Welbes Abagnale is the wife of Frank Abagnale, the American convicted felon and author. Kelly Anne got married to her husband in 1976 and they had two children who are now adults. Frank Abagnale’s wife was born in 1954 and is currently 70 years old. 

While she rose to fame thanks to her husband, Frank William Abagnale Jr. became infamous in the 1970s when he was said to have been involved in many crimes that targeted both individuals and businesses. Although his many stories and the various personalities he claimed to have adopted have all been questioned, he has still become a subject of awe to many. In spite of this, his wife has always maintained a very private life.

Summary of Kelly Anne Welbes Abagnale’s Bio

  • Full name: Kelly Anne Welbes Abagnale
  • Gender: Female
  • Date of birth: 1954
  • Kelly Anne Welbes Abagnale’s Age: 70 years old
  • Ethnicity: White American
  • Nationality: American
  • Sexual Orientation: Straight
  • Religion: Christianity
  • Marital Status: Married
  • Kelly Anne Welbes Abagnale’s Husband: Frank Abagnale Jr
  • Kelly Anne Welbes Abagnale’s Children: Scott Abagnale, Chris Abagnale, and Sean Abagnale
  • Kelly Anne Welbes Abagnale’s Parents: Maxine C. Rust Welbes (Mother), Louis A. Welbes (Father)
  • Siblings: Tim Welbes and Robert Welbes (Brothers)
  • Famous for: Being the wife of Frank Abagnale Jr

Kelly Anne Welbes was Brought Up in a Stable Environment

It was in 1954 that Kelly was born to her parents, Maxine C. Rust Welbes and Louis A. Welbes, in Texas. Kelly’s childhood was a stable one, as her parents were married for 62 years before the death of her father. Of white ethnicity and American nationality, she was brought up as the only daughter among three siblings. Her brothers are Tim Welbes and Robert Welbes.

There is not much information about her educational pursuits, but her husband once revealed that for her high school education, his wife went to a catholic institution. She did more schooling until the master’s level, where she obtained a degree in child psychology. As regards her career, she has only been detailed to have been involved in the fashion business for some time.

Until she met her husband, who later became known for his notoriety as a man with many sides that involve crime, and he became a subject of the film, Catch Me If You Can, the life of Kelly Anne Welbes was very quiet.

Kelly Anne Welbes Abagnale
Frank and Kelly Anne Welbes Abagnale (Image Source)

Frank Agbanle and Kelly Anne Welbes Abagnale Met While He was Working as a Government Undercover

Before Frank and Kelly got serious with each other, he had already met the parents of the woman he would later marry, and he didn’t tell them the truth about his identity. At the time, Frank was working undercover for the government, and he had to pose as a social worker in the same place where Kelly was working as an intern toward obtaining her master’s degree.

Prior to that, he never got involved with people wherever he worked. He would usually handle what he had to and then leave as soon as he was done with his assignment. But then, when he saw Kelly, he knew things would be a little different. He took her to the park, and for the first time, he broke the protocols of his work by telling the woman he loved all about his true identity and the nature of his work.

When Kelly told her parents about the man she has fallen in love with, as well as his true identity, they didn’t accept him on time, but they later came around. It was at this point that Frank had so much motivation to change his ways.

The couple dated for a while, even though Kelly’s parents were not in support of the relationship, mostly because of the federal prison time of Frank as well as the fact that he was not well educated. This did not change anything for Kelly, who was already in love. By 1976, only a year after they first met, the couple got married at a simple event in a church.

Their Marriage was Blessed With Three Kids

The successful marriage between Kelly and her husband has been crowned with three kids; Scott Abagnale, Chris Abagnale, and Sean Abagnale. There is very limited information about the children, most especially as regards their dates of birth. The only known about them is that they all attended Monte Cassino School and Bishop Kelley High School.

The oldest child of the family, Scott, has followed in the footsteps of his father and now works as an FBI agent. The second son, Chris, is a businessman. He owns a fashion house House of Sage Boutique, together with his wife. Their fashion outlet is located on George Street in Charleston, where he lives.

The last child of the family, and also the least known, is Sean Abagnale. Although not so much is known about him, the last report about him sometime in 2010 claimed that he had relocated to China, where he was leading his life. Sean was also claimed to be a good speaker of Mandarine, and he works as a teacher.

The three Abagnale boys grew to be very close to each other. They knew of their father’s story since they were little boys, and Frank ensured that there was no physical hitting of any sort. This was one of the things that helped them to remain very close even though they were living in different places.

She is Still Frank Abagnale Jr’s Wife After 48 Years

Even with the many controversies that have come to trail every move of Frank, his relationship with his wife has continued to remain very solid. Frank did not have so much faith in marriage at the time he married his wife because of the catastrophic nature of his parent’s marriage which ended in divorce and became the catalyst for his life to spiral out of control. However, his marriage brought stability to his life, and he was determined to work towards making it a success.

Before 1976 when the two got married, Frank was jailed several times for different crimes, including for things such as forging checks, for which he was given a 10-year term with an additional two years for escaping a county jail. However, he was released in 1974 after only two years on parole.

Whatever it was that happened in their many years together, Kelly and her husband were said to have stayed in the same house for 25 years in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The family moved here so that amidst all that was happening in the life of Frank, the family could get some privacy. It was here that the couple brought up their kids until they all left home to start their separate lives.

Next, Kelly asked her husband if they should relocate to Charleston in South Carolina. Frank obliged, and then they moved, but they stayed there for only a few days before they moved back to Tulsa for a brief period, and then they returned to Charleston, this time around for good. It is here that Anne Welbes Abagnale and her husband, Frank Abagnale Jr., still live.

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