Phyllis Kelly

Obituary of Phyllis Marie Kelly

It is with deep sadness that the family of Phyllis Kelly of Dalton and Port Charlotte, Florida, announce her passing on January 17, 2023.


Born in Pittsfield on November 24, 1933, Phyllis was the youngest of five children of Oswald and Priscilla (Chastenay) Lussier. She attended Notre Dame School and graduated from Saint Joseph Central High School in 1952. She fondly remembered working at Woolworth’s while in high school, and later as an Assistant Manager for Electrolux.


In 1953, Phyllis married her high school sweetheart, Donald Kelly. They were an unbeatable and hard-working team, completely complimenting each other. Together, they renovated several houses and in 1980, designed and built their dream home in Dalton. In the process, they incorporated amazing products they had collected over the years, including blue marble for the exterior. The living room and staircase, which were purchased from the Spaulding Mansion in Cooperstown, NY, were also installed in their Dalton home.


Always ready to help, Phyllis was known for her generosity in assisting neighbors and friends with decorating and home improvement projects. She was ready and able to tackle almost anything and complete the job to perfection.


Phyllis was highly competitive, whether in tennis, golf or playing cards, yet always willing to teach others. She most enjoyed hosting weekly card games at her home and at the VHL clubhouse.


She especially loved visits from her grandchildren. An excellent cook, she always prepared their favorite meals.


Phyllis was predeceased by her parents, siblings and husband. She is survived by her children, Paula Walczyk (Stan) of Dalton, Donna O’Laughlin of Cheshire, Kim Rice (Bill Gregory) of Dalton, and John Kelly (Xiao Rong) of Falls Church, VA; her grandchildren, Ryan, Kelly, Kate, John, Trevor, Eric (dec), Braden, Mackenzie, Priscilla, Donald and Calin, as well as five great-grandchildren.


A gathering was held at her Florida home on Monday, January 23rd, for friends and neighbors she cherished there.


A graveside prayer service will be held on April 22 at 10:30 at the St. Joseph Cemetery mausoleum, with Fr. Christopher Malatesta officiating. A reception will follow at Zucchini’s Restaurant in Pittsfield.


In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the St. Agnes Academy Scholarship Fund in Dalton ( or to the VHL Activities Committee (

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