Margaret ìPeggyî Rose Kelly, 52, was born in Orchard Park, NY on Valentine’s Day in 1962. She died on December 7, 2014. She was the proud daughter of Marine Corps World War II Veteran James Joseph Kelly Jr., who died in 2010, and his beautiful wife Mary Lou Kelly, a current resident of Hendersonville, North Carolina.
Peggy’s greatest joy was in raising and homeschooling her 5 children. These include daughters Jackie Allen of Cincinnati, OH, Mary Allen of Hendersonville, NC, and sons Brendan Allen of Hendersonville, NC, Paul Allen of Cincinnati, OH, and Sean Allen of Hendersonville, NC.
Peggy was one of 6 children born to James and Mary Kelly. These include Dr. John Kelly of Pearland, TX, Col Ret. Brian Kelly of Hampton, Virginia, Shawn Kelly, RN of Greenville, SC, Dr. Ellen Kelly of Nashville, TN, and Michael Kelly of Charlotte, NC.
Peggy was a proud veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard Reserves. She lived in Cincinnati, OH before moving to Hendersonville. Part of her role in Cincinnati was serving as Commander of the Young Marines Association – which included her two oldest boys. She moved to Hendersonville in 2006, partly to help her parents. Her care for her ailing father was a testimony to her undying love for all those closest to her. After her father’s death, she served as the licensed massage therapist at the Friends Salon in Hendersonville, NC.
Peggy loved her children and her extended family. She was an avid naturalist, seeing God’s handiwork all around her and in the people she served. Her friends included those she met and prayed with in the Immaculate Conception Church in Hendersonville.
A fitting verse to describe our beloved Peggy comes from Chapter 31 of Proverbs: “Her children arise and call her blessed.”
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 am Friday December 12, 2014 in the Our Lady of the Angels Chapel of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Father Robert Williams will be the celebrant. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to fund the remaining education of Peggy’s children, through the “Peggy Kelly Children Education Fund”, care of Mary Lou Kelly, 334 Thompson Street, Hendersonville, NC 28792.