- March 20, 1919 - March 7, 2017
- Holyoke, Massachusetts
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“So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
1 of 4 | Posted by: Michelle Letcher - Sudbury, MA
“Mary and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time. Helen and David Bachand
2 of 4 | Posted by: Helen Bachand - Holyoke, MA
“Mary and family -- our hearts are heavy as you say goodbye to this wonderful lady. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.Ginny, Ralph & Adair
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“To all my family---Mom, grandma, great-grandma had a wonderful run! Choose a fond memory and cherish it.Fran
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HOLYOKE: Mary Elizabeth (Shea) Kelley, age 97, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at Mt. St. Vincent Care Center in Holyoke, MA. She was born in Holyoke, daughter of the late James and Mary (Walsh) Shea and was a lifelong resident of Holyoke. Mary was a graduate of St. Jerome High School where she was voted Class Poet. Mary worked for many years at the Springfield Ordinance District before beginning her family. In later years, she returned to work at Westover Air Force base from where she retired. Mary was predeceased by her devoted husband, retired Holyoke firefighter Jack Kelley who passed away just six months shy of their 50th wedding anniversary. She is survived by her two sons Francis (Sung Yeon) and John (Carol), and one daughter Mary (Ray) Larrow. Mary was a loving grandmother to 10 grandchildren: R.P. and Elizabeth Kelley; Beth (Swartz) and Shaun Kelley; Kelley (O'Carroll), Raymond, Brian, Kevin, John, and Brendan Larrow. She is also survived by two great-grandchildren: Ciara and Declan O'Carroll. A devout Catholic, Mary was a parishioner at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish (formerly Sacred Heart) in Holyoke. She was proud of her Irish heritage. She loved Irish music and dance and treasured her several trips to Ireland to visit her family roots. She was a member of the St. Agnes Guild. There will be a viewing from 8:30-10:00 a.m. on Monday, March 13 at Barry J. Farrell Funeral Home, 2049 Northampton Street, followed by a Mass of Christian burial at 10:30 a.m. in Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish Church, 435 Maple Street, Holyoke. Burial will follow at St. Jerome Cemetery. The family asks that in lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or the charity of one's choice. The family would also like to give special thanks to Vierna, Rama, Sylvia, and Madeline for the wonderful care given their mother at Mt. St. Vincent.