Helen A. (Cuddy) Kelly,
died Monday, March 28 at Quincy Medical Center. She was 80 years old. She was the beloved wife of John "Jack" Kelly, Sr. for 60 years.
Born in Boston on January 28, 1931, she was the loving daughter of the late Charles and Olive (Hudson) Cuddy. She was raised and educated in Mission Hill, Roxbury, MA until moving to Quincy, where she spent most of her life.
Helen worked for the Quincy Public Schools as both a Teacher's Assistant and Bus Matron. She loved children and possessed a wellspring of optimism for the future of all the kids with whom she worked. She worked at Quincy City Hospital as a Nurse's Aide where her compassion for her patients shined as one of her many endearing qualities. She also served for many years as a Den Mother for the Cub Scouts of America where she taught the importance of giving back to our country and communities. She was also active in Quincy Politics and was an artist in the field of arts and crafts. Helen's pride in her family and the bond she shared with her husband served as a true inspiration for her children.
As we mourn her loss, your support through prayer and your many expressions of love are what sustains us during this most difficult time. God Bless you and your families.
Mrs. Kelly was the loving mother of Maureen E. Shepard and her husband G. Fredrick of Connecticut, John S. Kelly, Jr. of Quincy, Kenneth J. Kelly and his wife Debbie of Plymouth and Brian E. Kelly and his wife Renee of North Carolina. She was the cherished grandmother of Marc, Derek and Genevieve Shepard all of Connecticut, and Stephanie and Caroline Kelly both of North Carolina.
She was one of 16 children and is survived by Patricia Maguire and her husband Francis, Rita Haynes and her husband Durwood "Joe", Cecilia Magee and her husband Charles, Mildred Stonis and Pauline McLaughlin. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, in-laws and extended family.
Arrangements being made by the Bolea-Buonfiglio Funeral Home, 116 Franklin Street in Quincy. A Funeral Mass is being celebrated at St. John's Church, 44 School Street, Quincy on Saturday, April 2 at 10am. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held on Friday from 4-8pm. Interment in Pine Hill Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mrs. Kelly's memory to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 26 Broadway, New York, NY 10004. Their website is http://www.jdrf.org
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