Patricia ‘Kelly’ O’Connor, kind, compassionate

September 10, 2020

Patricia “Kelly” O’Connor, beloved mother, grandmother, sister, and loving friend, took her place among the angels Monday, Sept. 7, 2020, from complications resulting from cancer and COPD. She will be missed dearly by her three children, Katie, Michael and John; the grandchildren she showered with limitless love and affection; and her hilarious, loving and relentlessly stubborn siblings and in-laws. 

Kelly was born Sept. 18, 1948, and spent her early years in Queens and Mineola, N.Y., before embarking to SUNY Cortland to pursue a career in teaching. There, she fell in love with Ed O’Connor, with whom she laid roots in Binghamton, N.Y., while building a family and ever-expanding friendship network - who carry her legacy of unfettered optimism, compassion, kindness and humor. Kelly spent her last three-plus years in Lewes with friends and family, while living out her dream of spending her days by the ocean. 

A celebration of Kelly’s life will be held Monday, Sept. 14, at 3 p.m., at Parsell Funeral Homes & Crematorium, Atkins-Lodge Chapel, 16961 Kings Highway, Lewes, where friends may visit beginning at 2 p.m. All are also invited to participate via live-streaming of the services by visiting Kelly’s webpage or at the following link

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and in keeping with safety protocols, social distancing must be observed, and masks must be worn during all aspects of funeral services.

Donations may be made in Kelly’s name to the American Cancer Society via:

Please visit Kelly’s Life Memorial Webpage and sign her online guestbook at




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