Nancy Kelly

First post: Jul 5, 2016 Latest post: Jul 25, 2018
Dear Friends of Kelly:  

We invite you to view the just-completed video of Nancy Kelly's November 2018 memorial service in Berkeley, and visit her brand-new memorial Facebook page. Dexter Marsh-Taylor was the videographer, and I helped edit it.  We think we've done our best and hope you'll enjoy the video.  It should give a strong sense of being there if you missed a wonderful event.  Here are some information points:

 1) As you'll see in Dexter's message with links below, the video is posted on YouTube, and he's also made a Nancy P. Kelly Memorial Facebook page, where people can post photos and mixed media, including videos. The memorial video is already posted there too.  Basic posting on Facebook is pretty simple, many people are familiar with it, and it has a large Help section, plus there's an accessible guidebook, Facebook for Dummies, for total novices, so please check it out. Everyone is welcome to contribute to the Facebook page.

 2) Finding the links:  Directly below is a link to the video on YouTube. Once on YouTube, if you scroll down past the video image, you'll see Dexter's name on the left. Below that is a working link to the video, which he could not embed in the video itself for technical reasons.  But you can use the link he's sent below and the one after the video to go to the Facebook page and sign up to follow it.   This is a  public page for now, so anyone can see it and can view the video or post things.  If it becomes problematic for any reason, we may make it friends-only, but not yet. People can also Google Nancy Patricia Kelly memorial page, or any variation thereof, and get to it.

3) Looking for admins for the Facebook page: Dexter will start this off, but must remove himself shortly.  I've agreed to be a very temporary co-admin, and Kelly's sister Linda Moran has volunteered as well.  We need 2-3 more people to agree to do that soon so Dexter can train you and pass the torch --- ideally these should be people who knew Kelly well from some time in her life, are willing to get familiar with the admin responsibilities and to be available to respond quickly if any problem arises, like someone being inappropriate.  This is an important contribution that shouldn't be very onerous, so please step up if you can, by emailing Laura Ingram,, and

4) Fyi, the photo below is of the "Jersey girls,"  L-R, Nancy Stokley, Laura Ingram, Hazel (Pat) Brown and Kelly, who lived together on Jersey St. in San Francisco in the early '70s and stayed close since then.  A picture of the same crew in those days is in the slide show about Kelly's life in the memorial video.

Best to all,
Laura Ingram

Here are the links:

Nancy P. Kelly Memorial We ...

Click on Nancy P. Kelly Memorial to be directed to the Youtube site.

How-To click Facebook link from the YouTube video: When you are on the YouTube webpage of the video, scroll down slightly and just under my name, and then under the upload date(towards the left) there is a direct link to the Facebook page which reads,


Dear Friends of Kelly -- 

Some may already have heard,  but I'm writing to let everyone know that our dear friend Nancy Kelly died on Monday, September 24, 2018.  She had just been through an arduous course of radiation to her brain, which may have triggered a grand mal seizure, and she never regained consciousness.  We believe this was fairly painless, and mercifully quick.  Our hearts and heads are filled with thoughts and love for Kelly and remembering the very full life she lived. 

*  Going forward, we ask all friends to please use this Caring Bridge site for posting your memories or appreciations of Kelly, using the Tributes section, which will keep them together and reachable for a long time to come. We will post updates and announcements on the main section, and there will be no more entries in the Journal or other sections, except for posting lots of photographs.

*  A memorial service is being planned to celebrate Kelly's life.  It will be held Saturday, November 10, 2018,  at her church, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley, at 2 p.m.  A reception follows, also at the church, and of course will feature an Irish band.  For those who may be unable to attend, the service and reception will be videotaped and made available for viewing. Kelly requested in lieu of flowers that anyone wishing to make a gesture in her memory please donate to your preferred organization(s) working for civil rights, the environment, peace and social justice.

*  If anyone needs to communicate with her friends organizing the memorial, feel free to contact me at ( And please know that all of your love, support and friendship meant the world to Kelly.   Thank you all for everything you did to help her through this long illness.

In closing, below I'll share a message from one of Kelly's oldest friends, MIchael Lonergan. He was with her at the hospital before she died, and sent this to local friends shortly after she quietly stopped breathing.

Blessings to all,
Laura Ingram


Dear Ones,

Kelly’s struggle is over. Her heart stopped a few minutes after noon today. Her friends Laura and Beth were with her as well as her ministers from the Unitarian Church. Laura tells me that Kelly opened her eyes and appeared to recognize her ministers.

As I spent time with her this morning and saw and heard her difficulty breathing, I count it a kindness that this last stage of her illness was brief.

Laura will keep all of you posted including details for a memorial service in the not too distant future at her church in Berkeley. Please stay in touch with Laura. I’m sure there’s more to do than any of us realize at the moment.

This day is a day of painful loss for all of us. Hopefully our memories of Kelly will help us comfort ourselves and each other. We all learned a lot from Kelly. She will live large in our hearts and continue to inspire us all our lives.

Love & comfort to each of you,


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