Dorothy E. Kelley


Dorothy E. Kelley died peacefully on July 20 at the Windemere Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. She was 92.

Born May 27, 1920, Dorothy was a lifetime Edgartown resident, graduating from Edgartown High School in 1938.

Dorothy was an adoring wife and devoted to her family. As a homemaker throughout the years, she was well known for her delicious dinners and baked goods; New England recipes; beautiful needlework; and hand-knit sweaters, especially her Irish and Scandinavian sweaters. She was an excellent seamstress designing many of her own patterns.

Dorothy had a passion for classical music and art, with her watercolor painting giving her many hours of pleasure. She was inspired by many Island artists. As an avid reader, Dorothy was a regular patron of the Edgartown library. She had a special love for animals and enjoyed watching the birds at her backyard feeders and birdhouses. She was well known for her early morning strolls with her dog around Edgartown wearing her Scottish kilts, blazers, gloves, and tams. Dorothy was an active member of The Federated Church of Edgartown. She was always dedicated to her community family, quietly leaving baskets of baked goods on the doorstep of those in need of a loving hug.

Dorothy is survived by her loving husband of almost 74 years, Robert W. Kelley; her daughter Shirley Cioffi of Edgartown; her sister-in-law and dear friend, Louise Kelley Garand, and husband, Albert, and theire family of Hancock, N.H.; her daughter-in-law Pamela N. Kelley of Williamstown; her grandchildren Robin Canham of Fairport, N.Y., Erik Cioffi of Blue Ridge, Georgia, Suzanne Cioffi of Oak Bluffs, Brian Cioffi and his wife, Kari, of Chilmark, Ethan Kelly and his wife, Linton, of Toronto, Canada, Emily Kelley Darling and her husband, John, of Bondville, Vt., Seth Kelley of Williamstown, Adam Clark and his wife, Patha, of Seattle, Wash., Ryan Clark and his wife, Som, of Washington, Conn., and Joel Clark of Washington, Conn.

Dorothy was also the great-grandmother of Analea and Teagan Cioffi; Kelley, Reid, and Sydney Canham; Bryce Cioffi; Gavin Clark; and twins Adler and Serene Clark. She also had many nieces and nephews. She was also blessed by many community friends; the Windemere staff and residents; and her special angel, Megan Vasconselos.

Dorothy was predeceased by her parents, Frank and Jessie Scott; siblings Buster, Fred, Rita Scott, and Florence “Bunny” Brown; her two loving sons, Robert W. Kelley Jr. and Jeffrey D. Kelley; and her great-granddaughter Saige Kelley Cioffi.

Private services will be held at a later date, with Reverend John D. Schule officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Dorothy’s memory to a Vineyard organization or charity of your choice.