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STOWE, Jean Frances (Kelly) Of Randolph, passed away peacefully on January 9th at the age of 89. She was the daughter of the late Catherine Genevieve Kelly and John Francis Kelly. Her grandparents emigrated from County Kerry and Dublin, Ireland. She was predeceased by her former husband Ralph F. Stowe, Sr. and by several of her siblings, the late Catherine Williams, Josephine Hart, and Frances Kelly. She also leaves behind John "Sonny" Kelly for whom she will continue to watch over. Jean is survived by her dear and devoted sister Elizabeth Pires who has been a loving sister and an inspiration to her. She is also survived by her children Ralph & Donna Stowe of Randolph, Patty & Bob O'Connor of Randolph, Michael & Chaoying Stowe of Mount Vernon, NY, Mary & Tim Davies of Melrose, and Joseph & Kim Stowe of Easton. She always had time and love for her cherished grandchildren who will miss her dearly, Kate and Jim Thibeault of Braintree, Meghan and TJ Hutton of Millis, Carrie and Matt Graham of Millis, Julie and Zach Asher of Cranston, RI, Bridget and Dan Souilliard of Ledyard, CT, Brendan Davies of Melrose, Maeve Stowe and Jared Stowe of Easton. She also cherished her great-grandchildren, Andrew and Josephine Thibeault, Ronan Hutton and Rosalie Graham, who gave her a zest for life and endless joy. She is also survived by many cherished nieces and nephews whom she loved as her own children. She has always said that you all have filled her life with meaning, purpose, companionship and love. She wanted everyone to know how loved and appreciated you all are. Jean was an amazing mother and instilled her Irish Catholic values in her children and grandchildren. She was a Catholic School teacher for the Archdiocese of Boston, until she retired from St. Kevin's school in Dorchester. One of her most valued possessions was a quilt from the staff and teachers at Saint Kevin's school when she retired, embroidered with the message "with loving gratitude for being a teacher," which is proudly displayed in her dining room. She was an active member of St. Mary's Parish in Randolph for over sixty years and had sparked many lively conversations on her religion and politics. As we are all saddened by her passing, we know that Jean would remind everyone that the best remedy for sadness is to go and find your favorite Irish song and while you listen, make a cup of tea, and think of her as she will be with you in spirit. She will be greatly missed. A private Funeral Mass was held at St. Mary's Church in Randolph followed by Burial at St. Mary's Cemetery, Randolph. Arrangements handled by the Hurley Funeral Home, RANDOLPH. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: St. Mary's Communication Fund, 22 Seton Way, Randolph, MA 02368. For online guestbook and directions, visit

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Published in Boston Globe from Jan. 13 to Jan. 14, 2021.
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