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Carolyn M. Kelley
Carolyn M. Kelley died peacefully in the presence of her
family on November 26, 2018 in Concord, NH at the age of 92.
She was predeceased by her husband George F. Kelley and is survived
by their three children, Nancy K. Beaton and her husband Jeffrey D.
Beaton of Mansfield, MA, Margaret E. (Peggy) Kelley and her
Significant Other James C. Vailas of Bedford, NH and Charles G.
(Chuck) Kelley of Gilmanton, NH. She also leaves four
grandchildren, Alyssa C. Mulcahy, Jonathan J. Gottwald, Meghan E.
Beaton, and Benjamin K. Gottwald; and a great grandchild, Ella L.
was born on September 2, 1926 to Wilbur L. and Bernice L. (Snell)
Young in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She grew up in Pittsfield and
Marblehead, MA, and graduated from the Salem State (MA) Teacherís
College in 1948. Carolyn was an elementary school teacher for
more than 10 years at the Parker School in Lexington, MA. She
also taught children of U.S. servicemen stationed at Bentwaters Air
Force Base near Ipswich, England for a year.
married George F. Kelley in 1958. They had 57 happy years together
in Ipswich and Hamilton, MA and Gilmanton and Concord, NH. Carolyn
loved spending time with her family and friends. She loved to
travel, and traveled extensively throughout the U.S., Canada and
Europe. She loved crafts (of all kinds) and music. She
was a member of several church choirs, local choral societies, and
was a junior choir director throughout her life.
was instrumental in the funding and building the permanent Gilmanton
Year-round Library. As a former teacher and local librarian,
creating this resource for the Gilmanton community was a long-time
passion. The childrenís reading room is dedicated to her
enjoyed the Havenwood-Heritage Heights community, which gave her
many fond memories and great friends. She was active in this
community as well. She was involved in several crafting clubs, and
choral and drama groups.
of flowers, donations can be made to the Gilmanton Year-round
Library, 1385 NH Route 140, Gilmanton Iron Works, NH 03837 (http://www.gyrla.org)
memorial service to celebrate her life, and burial will be held in
the Spring (details to follow). Arrangements are entrusted to the
Bennett Funeral Home of Concord, NH.
condolences can be expressed at