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KELLEY, Virginia "Ginny" Beloved wife of John, cherished mother of Paul, David, Nancy and Mark, mother-in-law extraordinaire to Joyce, Michelle, and Sabrina, adored grandmother and "Honey Gu" of Matthew, Andy, Kelley, Mark, Sam, Claudia, John, Kyle and Tyler, great-grandmother of Jack and Leo, passed away at her home in Florida on April 12, leaving a life filled with love, laughter, friendships and kindness.

Formerly of Belmont, Massachusetts, Ginny graduated from Belmont High in 1949 and attended Virginia Intermont College, where she graduated in 1951, after which she took courses at Tufts Medical School.

Ginny zealously celebrated life and was often the center of the many lives she touched. An avid golfer, she was a member of the Waterville Country Club, where she served as a director. She was also an equestrian, prolific storyteller, accomplished card player of bridge, cribbage, hearts, spades and spit. Ginny loved being surrounded by family and friends. Her joy was contagious. Her favorite word was "wonderful!" We miss her so.

She lived in Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, and Florida, but her home became Maine, specifically East Pond in Oakland, where she loved boating, gardening, loons, sunsets, White Russians, clam bakes, fireworks, and collecting and selling hot tubs. Mainly, she cherished the gatherings of family and friends.

A hockey wife and mother, she attended well over a thousand games, from pee wee, bantam, high school, college to professional. She named the New England Whalers of the World Hockey Association, which then became the Hartford Whalers of the National Hockey League. She was very good with names. She enjoyed raising the Stanley Cup, which she got to do five times, courtesy of son Mark and grandson Andy.

She also raised standard poodles. She was steadfast in her belief that standard poodles were the best dogs. "Wonderful." But after her poodle Zsa Zsa gave birth to a litter out of wedlock by a Labrador in 1978 - (she coined them "labradoodles," ever good at names) - it was only doodles for her thereafter, her last one being her beloved "Hoss."

In addition to her husband John of 67 years, Ginny is survived by her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, granddaughters-in-law, Erika, Kate, grandson-in-law Norwin, and many loving nieces and nephews.

Ginny was predeceased by her parents Edward and Virginia Weedon, her sister Mary Harrington, brother Edward Weedon and daughter-in-law Sabrina Kelley.

She will be deeply missed.

She was wonderful.

The family would like to thank Hospice and her many caregivers.

A Service to Celebrate her Life will be scheduled for the summer, at a time to be determined. In honor of her memory, laugh often and love much.

In lieu of flowers, gifts can be made in Ginny's memory to Colby Friends of Hockey by going to or by mailing a check to Colby College, 173 Main Street, Waterville, ME 04901 (please indicate the "in memory of" in the comment field online or in the memo field of a check) or to the Fisher Center for Alzheimer's Research Foundation, by mailing a check to 110 East 42nd Street, 16th Floor, New York, NY 10017 or by going to

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Published in Boston Globe from Apr. 24 to Apr. 26, 2020.
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April 29, 2020
I remember playing golf with her a number of years ago. She had to be in her mid 70's. She hit the ball a ton and I remember thinking I hope I can do that when I'm her age. A few years later she recalled that day and thanked me for inviting her to play with us. I think I was the lucky one to get to play with her and to known her. She always had something nice to say. I'd like to be like her in other ways than playing golf. You were so lucky to have her and all your good memories. Gone from sight but always in our hearts.
Ruth Berglund
April 28, 2020
The Women of Waterville Country Club send their condolences to Ginny's family. She was an amazing person and was loved by many. We have fond memories of times spent with Ginny at WCC. The picture we added captures Ginny with some of her golf friends. RIP Ginny!
Maryjane Stafford
April 28, 2020
Ginny at WCC!
Waterville Country Club Women Oakland, Maine
April 27, 2020
Dear Jack and family. Tom and I were so saddened to hear of Ginney's passing. She was one of a kind full of laughter, wit and joy. Our deepest condolences.
Nancy Kelly
April 26, 2020
Michelle Plakas-Kaiser
April 26, 2020
To The Kelley Family, My sincere and heartfelt sympathy for your loss. My prayers are with her and your family. Please stay safe and healthy. - Jim Grimm
Jim Grimm
April 25, 2020
Mark and family,
Sorry to hear about your loss. I hope the good memories of your mother help you through this tough time. You're all in my prayers. Stay healthy and safe.
Donny Cronin Jr.
Donny Cronin Jr
April 25, 2020
My deepest sympathy for the loss of Ginny a wonderful person. I particularly remember Ginny's kindness as a hostess at your Elm Street home after BU games. I'm sure my Uncle Paul (Pokey) Hanson would be deeply saddened as would the rest of the Hanson and MacAuley families.
April 25, 2020
Deepest sympathy to you and all of your family.
I know there are a bunch of Hanson and MacAuley's past and present thinking about you during this difficult time.
Dan MacAuley
Belmont, MA
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