- Cheryl Rae (Parylak) Kelly, 72, of St. Francis, ME, died peacefully at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, on August 3, 2017 after a long battle with kidney disease. She was born March 16, 1945 in New Milford, CT.
She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Claude W. Kelly, of St. Francis, ME; a daughter, Laura L. Kelly, of St. Francis; a son, Warren F. Kelly, of Orrington, and a daughter, Colleen K. Yavarow, of Newburyport, MA. She is also survived by five grandchildren, Sarah M. Kelly, Evan W. Kelly, Jacob H. Kelly, Alexandra J. Yavarow, and Colin J. Yavarow, one sister, Sophie Parylak of Sharon, CT, and many brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her parents, Frank M. Parylak and Ethel C. (Swift) Parylak of New Milford, CT, and her brother, Frank W. Parylak, of St. Francis.
For many years, she worked at First National Supermarket in New Milford, CT, before moving to Maine in 1978. She served as Town Clerk and then as First Selectman for the town of St. Francis. She was a lifelong, avid animal lover and co-founded PAWS Animal Welfare Society, then went on to work as the Executive Director for the Animal welfare Board in Augusta, ME.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at the St. Paul's Congregational Church, St. Francis. Grave side services will follow in the Congregational cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to PAWS Animal Welfare Society, P.O. Box 94, Fort Kent, ME 04743. Envelopes will be available at the Church. Services are in the care of Daigle Funeral Home, 14 East Main St., Fort Kent, ME 04743.
Published on  August 5, 2017