Mary Kelly Alford

HAMPTON - Mary Kelly Alford, 92, died Friday, August 9, 2013. Born September 4, 1920 to the late George Michael and Catherine Dempsey Kelly, she graduated from Holy Rosary High School and the Mercy Hospital School of Nursing in Scranton, PA, then joined the Naval Nursing Corps, serving from 1944-1946. She was a longtime Hampton resident where she was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and its St. Jude Society. She was also a member of the Hampton Womens' Club, the Military Order of World Wars and the James River Hunt Club. Well known as the "cookie lady" or "Nurse Mary", she volunteered for more than 25 years as a nurse at St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic School. She loved to travel with friends, visit her grandchildren, and swing on her backyard swing. Preceded in death by her husband, Cmdr. William L. Alford, USN and her sister, Catherine Kelly Halloran; survivors include her children, Anne A. (John) Zawistoski of Proctor, VT, Beth (Harry) Hutchison of Charlotte, NC, John M. Alford of Hampton, and Kelly (Susan) Alford of Hampton; her sister, Ann Kelly Dolan of Scranton, PA; six grandchildren; and thirteen great-grandchildren. The family will receive friends from 5-7PM Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at R. Hayden Smith Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 AM, Thursday, August 15, 2013 at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Interment will take place beside her husband in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. Memorials may be made to St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic School, 14 N. Willard Avenue, Hampton, VA 23663 or

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Published in Daily Press on Aug. 11, 2013