Alice Kelly, 86, passes away

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 12:45pm

Alice Doolan Kelly, 86, of Newington, Conn., passed peacefully into heaven on March 6, 2017. Her transition was eased by being home and in the presence of her beloved children.

She is survived by daughter, Kathleen and her husband Christopher Ballou of Chelsea, Mass., her daughter, Cynthia and husband Gene Hall of Block Island, Rhode Island, her son, Peter and his partner Sue Sabella of Coventry, Conn., Peter’s children, Elizabeth and Amanda and their mother Marianne, of Willington, Conn., her son, Paul and his wife Rebecca of New York City. She also leaves Genevieve Hwehwe, her newest and dearest friend, who was there caring for her until the end. She was predeceased by her sisters, Rosemary Sommer, and Helen Formichella. Alice’s beloved husband, Francis J. Kelly, predeceased her on Nov. 11, 2014.

Alice was born in New Haven, Conn., to Esther and Walter Doolan on Dec. 4, 1930. Alice was Executive Assistant to the Librarian of Yale Medical School after her graduation from Hamden High School in 1949. She and Frank married in 1953 in Hamden, Conn. and moved to Newington, Conn., in 1962. There they raised their four children and together lived a life that was vibrant, active and rich with love. They acquired a second home on Block Island, Rhode Island, with James and Murielle Kelly in 1969, a large ramshackle house that they refurbished and maintained with their own hands. After retirement, Alice and Frank lived there six months a year and were active members of the Block Island community, until 2005 when they moved to their Newington home fulltime.

After focusing exclusively on the career of motherhood for 22 years, Alice began working as an administrator at the Hartford Convention and Visitors Bureau where she was a much-valued employee until her retirement in 1990. She applied her impeccable literary skills as the editor of the annual Visitor’s Guide. A genuine professional, she also shared her gifts of spunk and heartfelt friendship to her co-workers.

Calling hours will be held on Friday, March 10, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Newington Memorial Funeral Home, 20 Bonair Ave., Newington, Conn. 06111. Funeral services will begin on Saturday, March 11, at 9:15 a.m. at Newington Memorial Funeral Home and will proceed to Church of Saint Mary, 626 Willard Avenue, Newington, Conn., at 10 a.m. The church service will be followed by her burial at West Meadow Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to American Diabetes Association, American Cancer Society, or a charity of your choice. To share a memory with her family, please visit