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Susan Kelly

1918 - 2015 Notice Condolences
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Susan Lines Kelly of Annapolis and formerly of Ruxton, Maryland, passed away peacefully at 96 years of age on November 26, 2015. She was a direct descendant of the first colonial Governor of Connecticut, Robert Treat. Susan was born in Baltimore in 1918. In 1941, she married Dr. Vernon C. Kelly, Sr., who later survived the Normandy Invasion, was decorated with 5 battle stars, and became a prominent Baltimore Physician delivering many healthy babies. He was one of the founders of the Greater Baltimore Medical Center and early promoter of the fetal heart monitoring machine. Susan is survived by her sons, Dr. Vernon C. Kelly, Jr. of Philadelphia, Fred Kelly of Annapolis, and Greg Kelly of Denver, CO; eight grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Fred and May Lines, and her sisters, Nancy Nolan and Betty Griffith. Susan was a long time member of the Baltimore Country Club and particularly proud of her 40 years on the Ladies 18 Hole Golf Team. During that time, the team won the Maryland Area Club Golf Trophy 17 years in a row. In the early days, the team would play against teams from both Washington and Philadelphia. She is one of the few to have a golf tournament named after her at the Baltimore Country Club. Susan played in numerous Pro-Am tournaments and was often requested as a partner by Chuck Thompson. She won many BCC championship tournaments and the Seniors Tournament at the Elkridge Country Club in the over 50 and over 80 categories. In 1986, at the age of 68, she won the American Seniors at the Innisbrook Course in Tarpon Springs, receiving the coveted Green Jacket. Susan was also an accomplished bridge player, preferred Chardonnay, and enjoyed sailing and boating on the Chesapeake Bay. She was a prominent Baltimore socialite, sponsor of the Johns Hopkins June Week in 1936 and ROTC Queen at Johns Hopkins University. She loved to dance and taught at the Johannson Dancing School. Susan belonged to the Church of the Redeemer, where she served on the altar guild and Nursery School Board and helped teach Sunday school. Susan was a leader of a Cub Scout den and famous for producing Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz. As supporter of the Roland Park Midget League, she published the Roland Park Midget League Magazine to raise money for team uniforms. Susan's favorite song was her husband signing "Danny Boy" and her favorite hymn is "When the Battle's O'er, the Strife is Done." There will be a private family ceremony at her son Fred Kelly's home on the Severn River, where she spent many hours enjoying the action and beauty of the river. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Hospice of the Chesapeake, 90 Ritchie Highway Pasadena, MD 21122. For online condolences, please visit www.LastingTributesFuneralCare.com
Published in Baltimore Sun on Dec. 6, 2015
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