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Judith Kelley, age 77, of Norwell and formerly of Lexington passed away on November 10, 2018 after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s Disease. Judith was born and raised in West Roxbury but spent over 40 years as a resident of Lexington.
Judith graduated from Emmanuel College in 1963 prior to receiving a Master’s Degree in Chemistry from the Lowell Institute of Technology, and finally achieving a Doctor of Education from Northeastern University. These accomplishments led her to eventually have the honor of being Professor Emeritus of Chemistry at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. There is no doubt that Judith was a strong advocate of science education and truly enjoyed advancing her own education while encouraging others to do the same. Throughout her career she participated in numerous scientific and educational organizations while also cultivating many hobbies such as pottery, photography, art, music, and travel.
Along with her hobbies, family, and keeping up with friends Judith had deep faith and enjoyed working as a Eucharistic Minister at St. Brigid Church in Lexington for many years.
Judith is survived by her sisters Helene DeCoste and her husband Russell, and Paula King, her stepdaughters Hope Weinman and Elizabeth Rollins. She is also the loving aunt of Kate Sullivan, Aimee McAlpine, Rachelle DeCoste, Diane McDonald, Robert Kelley and Christopher Sullivan. Judith is also survived by many great-nieces, great-nephews, a granddaughter and many close friends.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to the visiting hours for Judith on Wednesday November 14, 2018 from 4-8 pm in the C. C. Shepherd Funeral Home located at 134 Pleasant St. (Columbian Sq.) Weymouth, MA. Relatives and friends will gather in the funeral home on Thursday morning at 9 am for a Celebration of Life prior to the Funeral Mass at 10am in St. Francis Xavier Church, Weymouth. Interment will immediately follow in West View Cemetery located in Lexington, MA.
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