Dorothy's Story

WINDHAM - Dorothy R. Kelley, 83, died Tuesday, December 22, 2015, at Mercy Hospital, in Portland. She was born October 29, 1932, in Portland, a daughter of John J. and Isabella (Taylor) Murphy.

Dorothy was raised in Portland and graduated from Cathedral High School in 1950. As a young woman, she worked for a number of Portland businesses. Dot met her husband, Merle, while working at Calderwood Bakery.  They fell in love, married, and moved to the Country "Windham" in 1957.  In between having and raising 7 children, she volunteered at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Windham, which led to a full-time position as secretary to Sr. Carmel, Religious Education Coordinator.  Dorothy went back to work full time at the University of Southern Maine as a secretary for the teacher education program until her retirement. Dorothy enjoyed traveling with her husband in their camper; highlights include trips to Alaska, Montana and California. She was also an avid gardener and enjoyed reading. When Merle retired, together they spent, three months driving cross country to Alaska. 

In addition to her parents Dorothy was predeceased by her brothers Philip, Peter, Mike, and Ralph Murphy and her sisters Gertrude Grady, Alice Kennedy, Anna Kelley, Isabelle Dykeman and Eleanor Doherty. he is survived by her loving husband of 58 years, Merle Kelley; children Stephen Kelley of Raymond, Susan Kelley and Dan Brackett of Gorham, Sandra Kelley and Terrence French of Byron, IL, Timothy and Cynthia Kelley of Westbrook, Kathleen Kelley-Cochrane and her husband Paul of Raymond, Kevin Kelley of Bangor, and Alice Kelley and Gary Manzo of Windham; grandchildren Brian Kelley, Hannah Kelley, Benjamin Soboleski, Molly Cochrane, Abigail Cochrane, and Julia Muretta; great grandchildren Dylan, Mason, and Addison Kelley, and many nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank the Gorham House - Oxford Wing for their kind and compassionate care.

Visiting hours will be held from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, December 27, at the Dolby Funeral Chapel, 434 River Road, Windham. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday, December 28, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Roman Catholic Church, 919 Roosevelt Trail,Windham, Maine. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.dolbyfuneralchapels.com.
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