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Lois D. (Debassio) Kelley
October 22, 2021


Lois D. Kelley, 92

Beloved Mother and Nana, Lois D. Kelley, of Abington, passed away peacefully Friday, October 22, 2021 at Royal Braintree Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Born in Boston, MA on August 5,1929 she was the devoted daughter of the late Hermina (Behan) Debassio.

Lois grew up in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston and was educated in Boston Public Schools. She lived there with her mother and her brother the late John A. Debassio whom she adored and spoke of often especially at the end of her life. She married her dearest husband the late James T. Kelley in 1955 and moved to Abington, MA that same year where she lived until her passing. Lois served on the Abington Council on Aging for a number of years. In 1978 she was one of three founding members of Abington Elderly Services, the first non-profit organization of its kind in the state of Massachusetts. Lois continued, late into her life, to serve as president of Abington Elderly where she helped organize the effort to open the Abington Senior Center as well as purchase and fund the Senior Van. Her passion for aiding the elderly also showed through her full-time job as an Administrative Assistant at the Mildred Alfred Nursing Home in Abington where she worked from 1972 until her retirement in 2004.

She is survived by her loving daughter Kathleen Kelley McDonough of Brockton, MA who shared her compassion for the elderly, devoting her life to a career in long term care facilities. Kathleen also earnestly cared for her mother throughout the COVID -19 pandemic further demonstrating the compassion and care for the elderly that Lois exemplified to her and everyone throughout her whole life.

Lois is also survived by her loyal son-in-law Kerry Michael McDonough of Brockton, MA and her admiring granddaughter Katharine Kelley McDonough of Brighton, MA.

She also leaves behind the countless friends she made throughout her life who felt her constant positive presence in every interaction and knew her as someone who would do absolutely anything for a friend in need.

Family and friends are invited to attend her visiting hours on Tuesday October 26 from 4-7 PM in the Blanchard Funeral Chapel, Plymouth Street (Rte. 58 @ the rotary) Whitman and her funeral services on Wednesday October 27 at 9:45 from the Chapel followed by a funeral Mass at 10:30 AM in the Saint Bridget Church, Abington. Burial will be in the Mount Vernon Cemetery.

In leu of flowers donations can be made to Abington Elderly Services via mailed check to the Abington Senior Center, 441 Summer St, Abington, MA 02351. Please make checks out to Abington Elderly Services.

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Blanchard Funeral Chapel
666 Plymouth Street
Whitman, MA 02382