Marie M. (Mansfield) Kelley

November 4, 1931 ~ January 28, 2024 (age 92) 92 Years Old

Marie Kelley Obituary

Visiting hours at the Alfred D. Thomas Funeral Home 326 Granite Ave Milton Friday morning, February 2 from 8:30am to 10am.  Funeral Mass at St. Agatha Church, Milton Friday morning at 10:30.  Interment will be in Knollwood Memorial Park, Canton

Marie M. Kelley, a cherished soul known for her loving heart and passionate spirit, passed away peacefully on January 28, 2024, at the D’youville Nursing Home in Lowell, MA. Born on November 4, 1931, in Boston, MA, to John A. Mansfield and Georgina (Towner), Marie's life was a testament to the joy and resilience that define the human spirit.

Marie was the beloved wife of the late William Kelley. She was a devoted mother to her daughter, Marie, and her husband, Jack White of Tewksbury, MA. Her role as a grandmother was one she cherished deeply, showering love upon her granddaughter, Elizabeth, and her husband, Carl Caporale of Wilmington, MA. Marie's joy was further multiplied with the birth of her great-granddaughter, Iris Caporale. Her passing is also mourned by many loving nieces, nephews, and a multitude of friends who were touched by her kindness and warmth.

A proud graduate of her local high school, Marie's work ethic shone brightly throughout her life. She served many years as a dedicated cafeteria server at the Fisher Jr. College in Boston, where she was known for her cheerful demeanor and ability to brighten anyone's day. Her colleagues and the students she served were often greeted with her encouraging smile, making the cafeteria more than just a place to eat but a place to find a friendly face.

Marie's interests and passions painted the canvas of her life with vibrant colors. Her love for golf was more than a hobby; it was a chapter of her life where she excelled and found great joy. Marie's athletic prowess was showcased when she played in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League for five years, an experience that later led to her making an appearance in the beloved movie "A League of Their Own." This period of her life was filled with fond memories and lasting friendships.

An avid walker, Marie believed in the importance of staying active and embracing the simple pleasures of life. She was the heart of her family, always putting them first and ensuring that love was the foundation upon which all else was built. Her special trips to the casino with her sister Joan were filled with laughter and sisterly bonding that only grew stronger with time.

Marie's "Golf Buddies," a group of friends who shared her passion for the game, will remember her for her competitive yet gracious spirit on the green. These shared moments of camaraderie and friendly competition were cherished times that spoke to Marie's ability to connect with others and celebrate life's joys.

Described by those who knew her as loving, kind, and passionate, Marie's legacy is one of unwavering positivity and the ability to inspire those around her. She approached each day with a zest for life and an open heart, teaching by example the power of kindness and the importance of nurturing relationships.

Marie's life journey reminds us all that the roles we play—whether as a family member, a friend, or a colleague—are opportunities to leave a lasting impact on the world. Her memory will live on in the hearts of those she loved and those who loved her. As we bid farewell to Marie M. Kelley, we celebrate a life well-lived, a life filled with purpose, and a heart that was truly one of a kind.

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