Mary Ann "Mimi" Kelley (nee Gore), 74, of Lewes, passed away peacefully Friday, Nov. 1, 2013, at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Winthrop, Mass. Oct. 13, 1939, daughter of the late Charles "Bucky" and Eileen (Cronin) Gore.
Mimi grew up in Winthrop, where she attended grade school until moving with her family to Bow, N.H. There she attended St. John's High School in Concord, N.H. (presently Bishop Brady High School) graduating with the class of 1957. She continued on to Regis College, Weston, Mass., graduating with a Bachelors of Psychology in 1961. Following graduation, Mimi went on to teach sixth grade at St. Catherine’s School in Manchester, N.H. and later taught third grade at St. Louis School in Webster, Mass. On April 28, 1962, Mimi married the love of her life, James A. Kelley, formerly from Stratton, Maine. Together they would start a family and raise four children, settling in Pittsburgh, Pa.
In addition to raising the children, Mimi was always an active member of her local communities. From 1965-70 she was a member of the Junior Women's Club and Jaycee Wives Club, both of Fairfield, Conn. and from 1972-2005 she was a member, officer, and sustainer of The Junior League of Pittsburgh. She was also very involved in competitive swimming, serving as an official for the YMCA and United States Swimming for 25 years. In her free time, Mimi enjoyed the beach, tennis, platform tennis, skiing, golf, bridge, any game, and most of all, the time spent with her family and grandchildren. Mimi was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and dear friend whose outgoing personality and sense of humor will be cherished by all who knew her.
Mimi is survived by her loving husband of 51 years, James A. Kelley of Lewes; her two sons: Patrick and his wife Shelly of Windsor, Calif. and Michael of Lewes; her two daughters: Jill Evers and her husband John of South Hamilton, Mass. and Jan Fleming and her husband Michael of Rehoboth Beach; her nine grandchildren: Sean Patrick Kelley, Andrew Kelley, Allison Kelley, Lauren Kelley, Timothy Kelley, Ryan Evers, Conor Evers, Jack Evers and Brian Fleming; her sister, Patrice Lutjen and her husband Ralph of Madison; and her nephew, Matthew Lutjen and his wife Madeline of Morris Plains, N.J.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday, Nov. 7, at 2:30 p.m., at St. Jude the Apostle Catholic Church, 152 Tulip Drive, Lewes, where friends may call beginning at 1:30 p.m. Friends may also call on Wednesday, Nov. 6, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, 16961 Kings Highway, Lewes. Interment will be private.
Memorial contributions in Mimi’s memory may be made to the charity of your choice.