Phyllis Kelly

Obituary of Phyllis Marie Kelly

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


Born in Pittsfield, MA on November 24, 1933, Phyllis was the youngest of five children of Oswald and Priscilla (Chastenay). She attended Notre Dame school and graduated from Saint Joseph Central High School in 1952. She worked at Woolworth’s in high school and later was later an Assistant Manager for Electrolux. In 1953, Phyllis married Donald Kelly, whom she lost in 2017.


They were an unbeatable and hard-working team and completely complimented one another. Together they renovated several houses and in 1980 designed and built their dream home incorporating amazing products that they had collected over the years including blue marble for the exterior. They purchased the living room and staircase from the Spaulding mansion in Cooperstown, New York and refitted to their 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. She was an excellent cook and always prepared their favorite meals.


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


A gathering was held at her Florida home on Monday, January 23rd from 11-1 for friends and neighbors she cherished there.


A memorial and formal burial will be held in Pittsfield, Massachusetts on April 22, 2023


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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