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Mary Anne Kelley
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Portland- Mary Anne Kelley, 72, of Hennessey Dr., died peacefully on Sunday, May 13, 2018 at the Barron Center following a long and courageous battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Mary was born in Portland, Maine on February 6, 1946, the daughter, of the late John M. and Margaret D. (Foley) Quinn. Known to her childhood friends as “Quinny,” she attended Cathedral Grammar Schools and graduated from Cathedral High School in 1964. Competitive and athletic she enjoyed many sports in school. Mary continued her education receiving her nursing degree in 1968, from the Holy Ghost Hospital-Training School of Nursing in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

On August 21, 1971, Mary married Paul E. Kelley at Sacred Heart Church in Portland. Together they made their home and raised their two daughters in Portland. One of six children Mary loved having a large extended family of birth and by marriage. She always lead by example teaching those around her the value of family by making time with her children, siblings, in-laws, nieces and nephews a priority. She was happiest than when spending time with the Kelley and Quinn Irish clans.

At a very young age, she had a passion for caring for others that lead to a successful nursing career spanning over three decades. Mary began her professional career at the Osteopathic Hospital in Portland working in the Special Care Unit and in the Emergency Room. She then worked for fourteen years in Dr. John Stedman’s medical office in South Portland. She loved her patients and enjoyed seeing them in the years that passed after she left his office. Following her time with Dr. Stedman she brought her talents to Maine Medical Partners in Westbrook before finishing her career at New England Rehabilitation Hospital. The friendships she made during her nursing career sustained her well into her battle with Alzheimer’s. Her late husband, Paul, left instruction to thank these wonderful ladies upon Mary’s death for their friendship that meant the world to Mary.

In her spare time she loved to exercise, spend time at Pine Point Beach, and be surrounded by her family and friends. Mary was graced with a beautiful circle of friends in North Deering. She treasured these friendships and enjoyed all the time spent in their company. Later in life, she continued her love of exercise completing many road races with her daughter, Debbie including the Beach to Beacon surrounded by family. Mary loved children and enjoyed her regular visits with her grandchildren Shawna, Izzy and Matthew.

Mary was blessed with amazing caregivers. The family wishes to thank, with undying gratitude, Stacy Giroux and her boys for the love and dignity they provided Mary in her years of need; the the united group of students from the University of New England who wove together a fabric of caring and love that was unmatched in efficacy or compassion. These caregivers allowed Mary more time to remain home and in the neighborhood she loved. The family also would like to thank the many CNAs, nurses and staff of the Barron Center for their work with Mary in the last three years.

Mary was predeceased by her husband, Paul E. Kelley on May 12, 2015. She is survived by two daughters, Debbie M. Kelley of Portland, and Patricia K. and her husband Michael Poulin of Manchester: three brothers, Mark Quinn of MA, John and his wife Claire Quinn of MA, and William Quinn of Portland; two sisters, Sally Papineau of AZ, and Peggy Randall of South Portland; five grandchildren, Shawna and Isabella Kelley of Portland, Michael, Molly, and Matthew Poulin of Manchester; many nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours celebrating her life will held on Thursday, May 17, 2018 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Conroy-Tully Walker Funeral Home, 172 State Street, Portland. Prayers will be recited at the funeral home on Friday, May 18, 2018 at 9:15 a.m. followed by a 10:00 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at Sacred Heart Church, corner of Mellen and Sherman Street, Portland, ME. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery, Broadway, South Portland, ME.

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Those who wish may make contributions in Mary’s memory to: Alzheimer's Association, Maine Chapter, 383 US Route One, Suite 2C, Scarborough, ME 04074

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Visiting Hours




5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Conroy-Tully Walker Funeral Home - Portland Chapel

172 State Street
Portland, ME 04101

Mass of Christian Burial




10:00 AM
Sacred Heart/St. Dominic Parish

65 Mellen Street
Portland, ME 04101

Cemetery Details


Calvary Cemetery

1461 Broadway
South Portland, ME 04106

Memorial Contribution

Alzheimer's Association

383 US Route 1 #2C
Scarborough, Maine 04074

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