Patricia Mary Kelly

Trish Kelly, a loyal wife, amazing mother, cherished sister, and dear friend, passed away on April 28, 2024, in Orlando, Florida, after bravely battling triple negative breast cancer. She was 61 years old.

Trish was born on March 24, 1963, in Buffalo, New York, to the late John Patrick Sullivan and Shirley Elizabeth Sullivan. The youngest of four, she grew up in West Seneca, New York, and spent most of her summers in Sherkston, Ontario, where she met her husband, Gregory “Greg” Joseph Kelly. In 1988, the couple relocated to Orlando, Florida, where Trish went on to earn her master’s degree in education from the University of Central Florida.

Trish dedicated over 20 years of her life to guiding and supporting students as a compassionate guidance counselor at the high and middle school levels across Central Florida, including at Dr. Phillips High School and William R. Boone High School most recently. Her dedication and kindness touched the lives of countless students, colleagues, and families.

Trish found great joy in spending time at home on Lake Conway, always appreciating the beauty of nature and wildlife. Her love for nature reflected her gentle and nurturing spirit.

Trish is survived by her husband of 37 years (Greg Kelly); her loving daughters (Laura Kelly and Allison Kelly); two sisters (Annie Young and Susan “Susie” Sullivan); a brother (Lawrence “Larry” Sullivan), and a host of other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Known for her abundant kindness, generosity, and excellent sense of humor, Trish was the ultimate peacekeeper and an incredible “helper” to all who knew her. She earned a multitude of nicknames that warmly reflected her various qualities. Trish was called Tech Mom due to her enthusiasm for learning new technology, Mapquest Mom for her exceptional navigation skills, Meteorologist Mom for her ability to comment on all forms of weather patterns and Kelly Helper for her constant desire to assist others in any way possible.

Trish enthusiastically joined in every project, task, and activity, always insisting it would be “fun,” and because of her brilliant spirit, she truly turned the endeavor into a joyful experience for all. One of her favorite mantras, “If it’s my time, it’s my time,” reflected her grace and acceptance in facing life’s challenges.

A memorial service to celebrate Trish’s life, including her Irish heritage and her love of beer, will be held on May 11, 2024, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Harp & Celt Irish Pub in Orlando, Florida.

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