Frances Kelly

Frances Kelly (Westman)

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2021
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Frances (Westman) Kelly, of Winnapaug Road, Westerly, passed away at the Westerly Health Center on Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at the age of 100.
She was the wife the late William R. Kelly who predeceased her in 1999.

Frances was born in Boston, Mass., the daughter of the late Walter and Catherine Westman.

Frances was a bookkeeper for local firms during her working years. Her retirement years gave her the opportunity to enjoy volunteering at the Babcock-Smith House, serving as Treasurer of the Docents as well as Treasurer of the Board of Trustees of the Babcock-Smith House Museum. She was also a Friend of the Westerly Public Library, and enjoyed working at the annual Book Fair.

Mrs. Kelly was an artist who painted all her own birthday, special occasion and Christmas cards. She enjoyed hooking rugs, needlepoint, knitting and sewing. Her family has been the lucky recipients of many of her creative projects.

She leaves behind her two daughters, Linda K. (Ken) Parrilla of Watch Hill, Carolyn K. (John) Watts of Titusville, FL; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

A private service and burial will be held at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Babcock-Smith House Museum Endowment Fund, 124 Granite St., Westerly, RI 02891 in Fran’s memory. Gaffney-Dolan Funeral Home, 59 Spruce St., Westerly is in care of the arrangements. For online condolences please visit
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Carolyn G. Longolucco

Posted at 05:51pm
To LInda, Carolyn and Families, I became acquainted with Fran when I was appointed to the Babcock Smith House Board of Trustees and later as a member of the Docents. My knowledge of the house was very limited, but I will tell you, I learned from one of the best---Fran. She gave thorough, inspiring explanations to visitors and you could envision what life was like when the house was in its Colonial and then Victorian glory. I was so thankful that she was like a mentor, patiently answering my many questions on the history of the house. And what a talented woman! Her artwork was fantastic, and she willingly shared her skills to help raise funds to support our museum. How I missed her when she could no longer participate. Be proud of that wonderful lady! May she rest in her well deserved peace. My sympathy and prayers for you all.

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