Kelly, Grace Doolan In Branford, Oct. 15, 2006, Grace Doolan Kelly, 86, of Ridge Road, North Haven. Wife of the late Joseph W. Kelly; mother of Patsy Kelly of Hamden and Brian Kelly of Bridgeport; sister of Paul Doolan, MD and his wife, Nelly of Phippsburg, ME; grandmother of Casey and Patrick King and Justin, Whitney and Bronwyn Kelly; aunt of Pat Doolan of Houston, TX, Kim Doolan of Midland, TX and Amy Doolan Roy, MD of Hamden. Daughter of the late J. Frank and Julia Delohery Doolan, Grace was born December 11, 1919 in New Haven, CT. Grace graduated from St. Joseph College, West Hartford, CT and received a Master's Degree from Southern Connecticut State University. She joined the faculty at SCSU in Student Personnel, personal and career matters. After 25 years, she retired and was awarded "Faculty Emeritus". Grace served on the Board of the Auxiliary of the Hospital of St. Raphael for many years and was a liaison between the family and patient in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit. She also volunteered in the Emergency Room. She served on Fund Raising events for the McGivney Cancer Care Unit, especially the Women's and Men's Golf Tournaments. Grace served as Class Agent for the Alumni Dept. of St. Joseph College and on various committees for reunions, fund raising, and personal contributions to the college. Grace was a member of the High Lane Club, enjoying ladies bridge, duplicate bridge, swimming and tennis events. She served on the board of Singles Intermediate Bridge Group which offered a variety of bridge events which became an avenue for new friendships which she valued. Funeral from BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 Whitney Ave. Hamden, Thurs., Oct. 19, 2006 at 10:30 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, Hamden at 11a.m. Friends may call Wed. from 5-8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to CT Hospice, 100 Double Beach Rd., Branford, CT 06405 or to the Auxiliary Fund, c/o Hospital of St. Raphael, 1450 Chapel St., New Haven, CT 06511.

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  1. Aunt Grace, Amalie, Kyra, Alexander, Nicholas and I will miss you dearly. Thanks for the advice, the adventures and caring about us. Love, The Houston Doolans

  2. Dear Grace, You will be very missed at The High Lane Club. You touched everyone there with your friendliness and knowledge. How’s the coffee in Heaven? Love, Susan Cassell

  3. Dear Patsy and Brian, Growing up next door to you and knowing your Mom could not have been a better experience. Your Mom had quite a presence of patience and understanding about herself for just about everything. It seemed she had a story to relate to every life situation and experience and could embellish on them with her own experiences. She will be dearly missed. Please accept my condolences and that of my sisters. Our thoughts are with you. Rob

  4. Dear Patsy I was hoping to see you or hear from you in different circumstances. Please accept my condolences. My thoughts are with you, Lisanne Major (Frenchy)

  5. Dear Patsy, Brian and families, I am sorry to learn of .Aunt. Grace’s passing. Her spunk and energy always fascinated me; our rare visits were a treat. My thoughts are with you all.

  6. Dear Patsy, Brian and family, Grace was dear and special to me from the time I was just a young girl. I’m grateful for the lovely memories and glad I had the chance to see her one last time this summer. My prayers are with you during this time. Love, Bonnee & Chuck

  7. Dear Patsy, Casey and Patrick, Please accept our condolences.Our prayers are with you and your family.Your mom/grandmother was an amazing woman. She loved you all so much. She will be missed. With Sympathy, Helen, Rob, Haley and Molly Schaefer

  8. I am so sorry to hear of Grace’s passing on. I remember how much fun she was to have as an .aunt. when my family used to come up for those huge get-togethers. And of course it was so nice to see her at Ed’s funeral, even though I could see she wasn’t well. My condolences to all.

  9. I have many happy childhood memories of Grace and Paul visiting at Elihu Street. So sorry to have been unable to come down today for the funeral. Love and condolences to all, Mary Killion

  10. I’m so sorry to hear of Grace’s passing. I’m so glad I got to see her one last time at Ed’s graveside. My condolences to family and friends, best, Tom

  11. Patsy, I’m so sorry to hear about your mom. I have many pleasant memories of her welcoming smile and great sense of humor when we would get together at your family’s house in North Haven – seems like a million years ago, now. You have my support and deepest sympathy. ‘Fast Eddie’

  12. To Patsy and family: As new members of HLC in ’96 our family was greeted by a ebullient, gregarious,blonde lady who had the name of a famous actress! We will never forget how your mom ran the club in many ways when she was well. She entertained all of us with her stories and her political viewpoints (Go Dems!) on summer afternoons at poolside. She was a character and we will miss her .one of a kind. presence. She will not be replaced. Thinking of you, The Sward family

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