Theresa A. "Terry" (Lingua) Kelly, 74, of Ellington, formerly of Windsor Locks, entered into eternal peace on Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021, at Manchester Memorial Hospital surrounded by her family.
She was born in Washington, D.C. ,on Jan. 5, 1947, daughter of the late Dr. Peter and Anna (Galler) Lingua. Terry taught second grade for many years at Union School in Windsor Locks. While raising her family, she ran her own businesses making crafts at home and making specialty birthday wedding cakes. When her children were grown, she worked as a special education bus driver for the town of Ellington for over 18 years. Outside of work she was ever the teacher and caregiver, caring for her own mother while raising her children. She looked forward to her Sunday women's group each week where she made many dear friends. Some of her most precious moments where spent with her granddaughter Riley, whom she adored.
Terry is survived by her children, Stephanie Malkin and her husband, William of North Branford, and Craig Kelly of Broad Brook; her granddaughter, Riley Malkin; her brothers, Peter Lingua and John Lingua and his wife, Josephine; her former husband, Bill Kelly; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her brother, David Lingua.
Terry's family will receive relatives and friends from 4 to 7 p.m., today, Nov. 22, 2021, at the Windsor Locks Funeral Home, 441 Spring St., Windsor Locks. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021, at St Luke Church, 141 Maple St., Ellington. Please meet directly at the church. Burial will follow at St. Joseph's Cemetery, Poquonok.
In lieu of flowers, Terry's memory may be honored by performing a random act of kindness, or as Terry would say, "Paying it forward."
For online condolences, please visit www.windsorlocksfuneralhome.com
Published by Journal Inquirer from Nov. 22 to Nov. 26, 2021.