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Mary Burr Kelly

June 8, 1938- April 28, 2020

Mary Burr Kelly of The Bronx, NY, formerly of Pelham Manor, NY, died on April 28 at Norwalk Hospital in Norwalk, Connecticut. She had valiantly battled cancer for years.


Mary was born in The Bronx on June 8, 1938 to George and Mary Burr. She was the eldest of five children, beloved sibling to Diana Reid, Geraldine Kelly, George Burr and Edward Burr, who died as a child. Mary graduated from St. Jerome’s School in the Bronx and St. Jean the Baptist High School in Manhattan. After excelling in school, she won a scholarship from the Teamsters Union to attend Fordham University.


She married the love of her life, Robert Francis Kelly, in 1959. They had two children, Christina, of Montclair, NJ and Robert, of Norwalk, CT. They lived first in the Bronx and moved to Pelham Manor in 1972, where Mary worked as a bookkeeper and court clerk in the Village Hall for many years.


Mary loved nothing more than to be with all of her extended family, often hosting holidays for her children, grandchildren, siblings, parents, and many nieces and nephews. With her family and friends, she enjoyed vacations in the Catskills and Lavalette, on the Jersey Shore. She was very proud of her Irish heritage, and loved to go to Irish establishments to dance and listen to Irish music. Her husband predeceased her in 1990. Mary moved to City Island in 2013, where she relished her view of the water and the boats. She shared a boat with her brother George, who predeceased her in January.  For a time, she was active in the Coast Guard Auxiliary.


Mary was predeceased by her parents and brothers. She is survived by her daughter Christina Kelly, son Robert Kelly, grandchildren Dale Ross and Violet Ross, son-in-law Dalton Ross, daughter-in-law Vlatka Kelly, sisters Diana Reid and Geraldine Kelly, sister-in-law Laura Burr, many nieces and nephews, and her cousins. She was loved by all of them and her loss is felt deeply.