Salisbury, Ma — Kathleen Rose Kelley slipped away from this Earth on the eve of Sunday, July 21, with peace and grace under a beautiful summer moon, and an Angel wing cloud-covered sky.
She was surrounded by those she loved and those who cherished her in energy, spirit and prayer. And as always, her guardian by her side, her devoted daughter, Denise.
Kathleen attended Amesbury High School, Class of 1967, and was an enthusiastic member of the St. Joseph’s Color Guard, which sparked her passion for dance and play.
She graduated from NECC in 1978, with a degree in business. She became a self-employed accountant and devoted her life to service for over 35 years, up until her last days. She considered all her clients her soul family and loved every one of them deeply.
Early on in life, Kathleen had a great calling to discover the mysteries and miracles of life, what she considered “our journey home.” She began a deep study of spiritual philosophy, alternative healing, and her ultimate passion, art. She studied under Barbara Baldwin at her sanctuary, a great teacher of the Old Masters technique of the craft. After much travel to sacred sites, she opened a center for expansion and healing for many years. She developed many classes and meditations on the theme of finding peace and release, through healing the mind, body and soul through the heart, in the breath … the oneness of spirit and the unity of all. Her door was always open for intuitive counseling, flower essence therapy, or just to lend a compassionate ear and listen. Her mission was of service, always. She earned many alternative healing degrees.
Her love for the Masters sparked this energy into her grandson, Anthony, who has excelled beyond her dreams of singing directly to her soul, and led her on her ultimate experience of going to the Vatican.
She will be greatly missed in this physical world, but fortunately by her wisdom of truth, she influenced those close to her that physical death is only an illusion, and just a transition from body to soul, or “spirit,” and she will live on to do many more great things.
Kathleen is survived by her children, Donald J Grant Jr. of Portsmouth, N.H., Michael P Kelley and his fiancé, Karyann Nadeau, of Calais, Maine; and her daughter Denise M. Grant and her husband, Dana Smith, of Salisbury, Mass.
In addition to her children, she is survived by her mother, Irene F. Kelley; three brothers, Lawrence April, Ricky Kelley and Edward Kelley; and two sisters, Debra Hicks and Joann Tylman; three beautiful granschildren, Anthony T. Grant, Meghan A. Kelley and Marissa A. Kelley; three godchildren, Linda M. Fitton, Eric A. Howard and Paul S. Fitton 2nd; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. In addition to her family, she is survived by her very dear friends, Rose Ciulla, Lily Ann and her dearest lifetime friend, Ann Vedrani.
Kathleen is predeceased by her father, William E Kelley; her aunt, Patricia Buckley; and her beloved grandmother, Ethel G Kelley.
ARRANGEMENTS: A Celebration of Life will be on Saturday, July 27, at the Barn in Amesbury, from 2 to 7 p.m.
Donations may be made in her name to the National Cancer Society.