Ann Healy Kelly age 92 died April 1, 2020 of complications from a hip fracture at Forwood Manor in Wilmington where she had lived since 2012.
She was born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware, the fifth of six surviving children of Thomas J. and Mary McGonegal Healy. Her late siblings included John E. Healy II, Thomas J. Healy, Jr., Mary Gertrude Healy, Margaret E. (Marge) Healy Jamison and James Vincent Healy. Family remained her #1 priority throughout her life.
Ann graduated from Ursuline Academy in 1945 where she gravitated to theater arts and poetry. In 1950 she married Archmere Academy graduate Robert F. Kelly. Ann and Bob lived in Washington, DC for a number of years before returning to Wilmington where they raised six children.
Ann was a beauty inside and out. She had a great curiosity and a passion for learning, which she maintained throughout her life’s journey. She was an avid reader and seeker of the truth. She valued people and offered unconditional friendship to those who crossed her path. She related strongly to her children’s generation and was loved by so many for her open mind and loving heart that enabled her to hear them and take their ideas and concerns seriously, rare for her generation.
She could always be counted on in a time of need and even crisis, rising to whatever the occasion was, be it the arrival of grandchildren, dramatic life transitions and struggles of loved ones and friends, or the passing of those close to her family. She kept abreast of current affairs and was an advocate for social justice and human rights including women’s rights, later working for The Reproductive Health Clinic in Chester, PA.Her pursuit of spiritual philosophy was life long.
Ann loved to laugh and to gather with her family clan of sisters, brothers, nieces and nephews. She traveled to her ancestral homeland, Ireland, on two occasions and was moved by the landscape and familiar spirit of the people she met. She loved music, andBossa Nova and Joao Gilberto and Stan Getz were a regular sound track to her life.
As her health declined, Ann never complained. Humble and kind, she was graceful and grateful for the support she received from her caregivers. She remained true to her values and her innate sense of right and wrong to her last day.
Ann will forever be missed by her Children and their spouses: Sharon Kelly Baker and Frank Baker of Wilmington, Robert Kelly, Jr. and Tritty Kelly of Norwalk, CT, Jane Kelly of Wilmington, Margaret “Meg” Kelly Valan and Kenny Valan of Wilmington, Thomas Kelly of Portsmouth, NH, Christopher Kelly and Heather Kelly of Alexandria, VA.
She was dearly loved by her twelve Grandchildren and their spouses: Peter and Carrie Baker, Ned and Renee Baker, Kate Baker Frawley and Matt Frawley, Peter and Michele Kelly, Colleen Kelly Dushku and Nick Dushku, Molly Kelly, Emma Kelly, Madeline Kelly Vinson and Henry Vinson, Dylan Kelly, James Girvin, Charlotte Kelly and William Kelly.
She captivated the hearts of her nine Great Grandchildren: Jack and William Baker, Lucy, Ella and Gus Baker, Daniel and Kiana Frawley, James and Olivia Dushku.
A celebration of Ann’s life will be held at a later time.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Silent Unity at www.unity.org, or The Delaware County Women’s Center at the Crozer-Chester Medical Center in Chester, Pennsylvania https://thewomenscenters.com/delawarecountywomenscenter/