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Margaret Kelly (Parvis)

Margaret P. Kelly of Rydal, PA died peacefully on Monday, May 3, 2021, at her residence surrounded by her family. She was 73.

Born in Wilmington, DE on April 26, 1948, Margaret was the daughter of the late Howard William and Charlotte Lynch Parvis, mother of the late Dennis E. Kelly, and sister of the late William, Robert, and Eileen Parvis.

Mrs. Kelly recently moved to the Rydal section after having been a resident of Somers Point, NJ for the past 17 years. Prior to moving to New Jersey, Margaret and her husband, Tom, lived in the Lawndale section of Philadelphia where they raised their family for over 25 years.

Margaret’s emphasis in life was placed on her family and friends.  Her children and grandchildren came first and foremost in her life.  She was a devoted mother and grandmother who was always there for them. Once she developed a friendship with you, she was there whenever needed.  Her Catholic faith was extremely important to her and she had a special devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary.  Before moving to New Jersey, she was a member of St. William parish for many years. Marge was instrumental in developing and promoting the Chapel of Perpetual Adoration at St. William parish. 

Marge loved spending time at the seashore and beach. It was her happy place.  For many years, she spent a weekend in the fall at the shore with a group of girlfriends from the Lawndale neighborhood who named themselves the LLL Club (The Lovely Ladies of Lawndale). Also, once a year, Marge and Tom would spend a winter weekend get-a-way in Sea Isle City, NJ with four couples who became known as the Beach Club. Many good dinners, cocktails and conversations took place over the years.

She is survived by her beloved husband of 50 years, Thomas D. Kelly, her four children, Sean F. Kelly and his wife, Diane, of Philadelphia, PA, Elizabeth Kelly-Blum and her husband, Robert, of Drums, PA, Owen P. Kelly and Danielle of Rydal, PA and Mary V. Kelly of Egg Harbor, NJ, her sister, Janet Lafferty and her husband, James, of Wilmington, DE, and her brother, Thomas Parvis, of Wilmington, DE. She is also survived by her ten loving grandchildren, Liam, Madeline, Grace, Samuel, Sara, Antoinette, Emily, Abigail, Ryan and Leland, her 2 sisters-in-law, Marylu Parvis and Catherine Parvis, as well as 2 nieces and 4 nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to greet her family on Saturday, May 8, 2021, from 9:30 AM until her Funeral Mass 10:30 AM at St. William Church, 6200 N. Rising Sun Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19111. Interment will take place privately at a future date.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to Holy Redeemer Home Care & Hospice, 12265 Townsend Road, Philadelphia, PA 19154.

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Service/Memorial Information
  • Morning Gathering

    Saturday, May 8th, 2021
    9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

    St. William Church
    6200 Rising Sun Avenue
    Philadelphia, PA 19111

  • Funeral Mass

    Saturday, May 8th, 2021
    10:30 AM

    St. William Church
    6200 Rising Sun Avenue
    Philadelphia, PA 19111

  • Interment will be held privately at a later date

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