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Dorothy Virginia O'Donnell Kelly
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Birth: Mar. 20, 1921
Death: Apr. 5, 2013

Kelly, Dorothy Virginia O'Donnell SAN DIEGO -- Dorothy Virginia O'Donnell Kelly died peacefully in her sleep in San Diego on April 5, 2013. The only child of the late Thomas and Edna Wood O'Donnell, she was born on March 20, 1921, in Bayonne, NJ. She was a loving daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother who loved to cook favorite meals and enjoyed needlework, crossword puzzles, and reading mysteries. She married James S. Kelly, Jr. on July 26, 1941, in Point Pleasant, NJ. They resided on the Jersey Shore throughout their marriage, except for a time in Virginia during World War II while he served in the Navy, and she worked for the Navy Exchange. After the war, they owned and operated a successful heating and air conditioning company in Point Pleasant, NJ. The volume of business won them trips to Bermuda and Spain, among other destinations. Her husband predeceased her in 1970. After becoming widowed, Dorothy moved with her daughter Nancy to San Diego where her son James was with the Navy. Without the responsibilities of a young family or a business, Dorothy volunteered one day a week at both the San Diego Public Library and Pomerado Hospital. When the library restricted volunteers to only re-shelving books, she stopped her work there and doubled her time at Pomerado Hospital, where she volunteered for over 25 years. She was also an election poll captain for her neighborhood. She enjoyed visits and phone calls with her children and grandchildren, and, in later years, great- grandchildren. A longtime member of the San Diego Zoo, she particularly enjoyed sharing the zoo and Safari Park with her grandchildren. Dorothy mostly stayed close to home, so when her son was selling a car for her, prospective buyers would not believe the six-year-old vehicle had only 30,000 miles on it. "No one drives that little in California!" An avid reader of mystery novels, particularly Agatha Christie, she read two or three books a week, sharing titles and authors with family and friends. She fondly recalled a cruise to Alaska with her only granddaughter. She is survived by her children, James (wife Beverlee) in Los Angeles and Nancy K. Chase (husband Michael) in San Diego; three grandchildren, Sean, Timothy, and Christina; and seven great- grandchildren. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at The Immaculata in San Diego, at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 23, with burial at St. Catherine Cemetery, Sea Girt, NJ, on Thursday, April 25.

Published in U-T San Diego on April 21, 2013 
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  James S Kelly (1916 - 1970)
Saint Catharine's Cemetery
Sea Girt
Monmouth County
New Jersey, USA
Created by: Linda Claxton
Record added: Apr 21, 2013
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Dorothy Virginia <i>O'Donnell</i> Kelly
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