Margaret F. (McKenna) Kelley

September 22, 2010

MARGARET F. (McKENNA) KELLEY – of Woburn, Wednesday, September 22nd. Beloved wife of the late James R. Kelley. Devoted mother of Richard J. Kelley and his wife Ann Marie of Woburn, Thomas F. Kelley and his wife Nancee of Methuen, and Diane Kelley McInnis and her husband Michael of Wilmington. Dear sister of Arline Byrnes and her husband Robert of Peabody and the late Joseph L. McKenna. Loving grandmother of Jennifer Betsch and her husband Thomas, Marc and Ryan Kelley, Luke and Steven McInnis. Also survived by her sister-in-law Tomasina McKenna of Naples, FL, dear friend and brother-in-law Kevin Burke of Marston Mills and many loving nieces and nephews. Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Monday, September 27th at 10:15 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Barbara’s Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn, at 11. Calling hours Sunday from 3 to 7 p.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Donations may be made in Mrs. Kelley’s memory to the Sawtelle Family Hospice House, Community Relations Department, VNA of Middlesex-East & Visiting Nurse Hospice, 607 North Avenue, Suite 17, Wakefield, MA 01880.

OBITUARY:

Margaret F. (McKenna) Kelley a Woburn resident for over four decades, passed away peacefully at the Sawtelle Hospice House in Reading, on Wednesday, September 22nd. The beloved wife of the late James R. Kelley, she was eighty-six years of age. The daughter of the late Edgar F. and Josephine F. (Farren) McKenna, Mrs. Kelley was born in Boston. Raised in Roslindale, she was a graduate of Jamaica Plain High School. In her younger years, she worked at a record store and would frequent Lake Pearl, in Wrentham with her friends where they would dance to the big band sounds.

In November of 1952, Mrs. Kelley married her beloved husband James, whom she had met on a blind date. They settled in Somerville where they resided for ten years before making Woburn their home in 1962. The devoted mother of three children, Mrs. Kelley placed her family above all else. She was actively involved with her children’s day to day activities and also served as a girl scout troop leader. After her children were grown, she secured employment at Sears in the Burlington Mall where she worked part time as a sales person for twenty-five years.

Mrs. Kelley preferred a simple life but an active one. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting and was an avid reader. She was a longtime member of a bowling league at the Woburn Bowladrome, recording six strikes just last year and remained active in the bowladrome’s lunch bunch. She and her family enjoyed immensely visiting Cape Cod and summering in Rockport and Maine. After Mr. Kelley’s retirement, they took great pleasure in traveling to Florida, Ireland and Italy.

In later years, Mrs. Kelley and her husband were blessed with five grandchildren. As with her children, she was an enthusiastic supporter of all of their endeavors.

Mrs. Kelley was a devout parishioner of St. Barbara’ s Parish in Woburn.

In addition to her husband, James R. Kelley, she was preceded in death by her brother Joseph L. McKenna.

She is lovingly survived by her children, Captain Richard J. Kelley , WPD, and his wife Ann Marie of Woburn, Thomas F. Kelley and his wife Nancee of Methuen, Diane Kelley McInnis and her husband Michael of Wilmington, her sister, Arline Byrnes and her husband Robert of Peabody and five cherished grandchildren, Jennifer Betsch and her husband Thomas, Marc and Ryan Kelley, Luke and Steven McInnis, her sister-in-law Tomasina McKenna of Naples, FL, dear friend and brother-in-law Kevin Burke of Marston Mills and many loving nieces and nephews. A Funeral will be held from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Monday, September 27th at 10:15 a.m., followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Barbara’s Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn, at 11. Calling hours Sunday from 3 to 7 p.m. Interment in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Donations may be made in Mrs. Kelley’s memory to the Sawtelle Family Hospice House, Community Relations Department, VNA of Middlesex-East & Visiting Nurse Hospice, 607 North Avenue, Suite 17, Wakefield, MA 01880.

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  1. Beryl & Sid Bloor
    You have been so often in our thoughts, it is so hard when your mom passes away. We pray that in a while you will remember all the joyous times you spent together.
    Beryl & Sid

  2. So much to do – so little time.
    At least we do have memories of the many, many happy family parties. At least two KELLEY BASHES in Marlboro and I’ll never forget the many trips to Bangor, ME and over the bridge to Brewer.

    Micky will indeed be missed and
    I did appreciate the kindness of Dianne allowing me to visit her Mom. May our good Lord look kindly on you Micky and now I can pray directly to YOU – the communion of Saints..

  3. Kelley family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    The ones we love are never gone, they live within our hearts.

    May you know peace and comfort.

    God bless,

    Charlie & Sandy Culhane

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