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Marcia Kelley Obituary
Marcia Clark Kelley

1921 - 2013 WHITINGHAM Marcia Clark Kelley, 92, of Whitingham, died peacefully at home, surrounded by loving family, on Dec. 29, 2013. Marcia was born to Genevive and Orson Clark of Wellesley Hills, Mass., on Aug. 5, 1921, and was a graduate of LaSalle College. She met the love of her life, Robert Kelley, in 1938 at the White Mountain hamlet of Waterville Valley. Devoted wife of 59 years, she hiked alongside Bob, or waited at trail's end, as he completed the Long Trail and other major hikes. Theirs was an active life together: golfing, attending symphony and opera, biking, cross-country and downhill skiing, snowshoeing, camping, and canoeing. They enjoyed travelling together as well, exploring natural wonders and visiting family. They travelled to Australia, New Zealand, Norway, Ireland, Alaska, Banff, Oregon, Florida and Nova Scotia. Marcia and Bob raised their family in Ridgewood, N.J., and then moved to Fairfield, Conn., in 1971. An avid birder and naturalist, Marcia was secretary of the Greenfield Hill Garden Club and volunteered for the Audubon children's naturalist program. Upon retirement, Marcia and Bob moved full-time to their beloved home of 26 years in Whitingham. Marcia enjoyed participating in the community through Ladies Aid, Red Hat, and fun times with friends. Marcia's greatest love was her family. She was also an accomplished hostess, homemaker and gardener, known in Whitingham for her lovely Lupine blooms. She is remembered for her generous spirit, sweet nature and strong, positive attitude. She was a courageous woman who was forever appreciative. In the words of one grandson: "I feel forever blessed by Grammy's beautiful sweet caring spirit, and in this way feel a great sense of connection to [family], for she touched us all!" Survivors include four children, Carolyn Nissley (husband James) of Tarpon Springs, Fla.,, Nancy Kelley-Gillard (husband Dan) of Keene, N.H., Robert Kelley (wife Gayle) of Portland, Ore., and Joanne Clark of Whitingham; 17 grandchildren, Michael, Jennifer, Jeff, Patrick, Ryan, John, Katie, Megan, Liza, Bill, Erik, Ryan, Elisa, Bonnie, Robin, Jessica, Erin; 20 great-grandchildren, David, Andrew, Katie, Kristen, John, Brooke, Torrey, Ciara, Fisher, Will, Grayson, Clayce, Jack, Olivia, Alex, Sam, Jake, Charlotte, Harriet and Sullivan; sister-in-law Elizabeth Persons of Columbus, Ohio; cousins, Connie Perrigo, Cliff Cooke and Nancy Allen, and many nieces, nephews and friends. FUNERAL NOTICE: A Memorial Service will be held at Jacksonville Community Church on Jan. 11, at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Jacksonville Community Church, Whitingham Free Public Library or Brattleboro Area Hospice.


Published in Brattleboro Reformer on Jan. 3, 2014
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