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 Lcingram@aol.com (mailto:Lcingram@aol.com). 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.
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.