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Theresa Kelly DeFina
Birth: May 25, 1890
New York
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA
Death: Oct. 12, 1977
North Hollywood
Los Angeles County
California, USA

Mother of singer Dolores (stage name Reade) Hope and Mildred Malatesta. Mother-in-law of entertainer Bob Hope. She resided with the Hopes in Toluca Lake, California, for many years and died in their home after a long illness, just two days prior to the death of Hope's longtime friend Bing Crosby. She married John Thomas DeFina, of Saratoga, New York, in 1924. At the time of her death she was also survived by sisters Helen Smith of Lomita, California, and Alice Grove of Peapack, New Jersey; six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She is buried alongside her two sisters mentioned above, her brother, Harry Kelly, and his son, Henry.

PLEASE READ: This page memorializes her former, original burial place among her siblings, as noted below! It is maintained and sponsored by me for historical purposes. This was at the same cemetery where Bob Hope's body was kept in an unmarked crypt from 2003 to 2005 while a family memorial was planned and constructed.

She was reinterred along with Hope at neighboring Mission San Fernando Rey de Espaņa on the grounds of the San Fernando Mission in the Bob Hope Memorial Gardens which was opened to the public July 29, 2005.

A page was created for her new burial spot by someone else in 2006 HERE. Thanks!
 (bio by: Lisa Burks) 
 
Burial:
San Fernando Mission Cemetery *
Mission Hills
Los Angeles County
California, USA
Plot: Section D, Lot 266, Tier 4
*Former burial location
 
Created by: Lisa Burks
Record added: Oct 18, 2003
Find A Grave Memorial# 7996566
Theresa <i>Kelly</i> DeFina
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Theresa <i>Kelly</i> DeFina
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Theresa <i>Kelly</i> DeFina
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- J. Bruce Fox
 Added: Nov. 30, 2016

- bob tarte
 Added: Jul. 27, 2016
Rest in heavenly peace.
- C A B
 Added: Jun. 14, 2008
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