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Margaret M. Kelley

Margaret M. Kelley

Died: Monday, March 22, 2004
Age: 86
Margaret “Maggie” M. (Muir) Kelley, 86, of Little Compton, R.I., died Monday, March 22, 2004, at Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River, Mass.

Mrs. Kelley, born in Paisley, Scotland, to Robert and Mary (Johnstone) Muir, came to the United States in 1924, and spent her youth in Berkley and Royal Oak. After graduating high school, she was awarded a scholarship to Smith College which she had to decline to remain home and help her family during the Depression.

Before her marriage, she worked as a salesperson at J.L. Hudson’s, modeled women’s clothes, and held a management position with a federal wartime agency during World War II; when she left the agency it took three people to replace her.

In 1944, she married Nicholas Kelley Jr. and lived in Detroit and later Grosse Pointe Farms, summering in Little Compton, R.I., until moving there permanently in the mid-1980s.

Mrs. Kelley was an avid gardener, bridge player and member of the “sewing ladies” in Little Compton.

While in Michigan, she volunteered at the Children’s Aid Society of Detroit, where she served as a longtime officer and board member.

Mrs. Kelley is survived by her son, Nicholas M. (Helen) Kelley; daughters, Deborah M. Kelley and Susan M. Kelley; granddaughter, Anna W. M. Kelley; and several nieces and nephews.

She is predeceased by her husband, Nicholas Kelley Jr.

Arrangements were provided by Waring-Sullivan Home of Memorial Tribute, in Fall River, Mass.

Memorial contributions may be made to Little Compton Visiting Nurses Assn., P.O. Box 926, Little Compton, RI 02837.
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