Ellen Kelly

Ellen Kelly was the daughter of James and Louise (Hennessy) Kelly of Boston and Weymouth. She was a graduate of Emmanuel College and held a Masters Degree from Catholic University, Washington DC. While living and working in theatre in New York City, she also participated in summer theatre productions at Flat Rock Playhouse in North Carolina. Returning to Massachusetts, she founded and was the Director of the Drama Department at South Shore Conservatory in Hingham, MA. In addition, she was was a professor of Speech at Massasoit College for many years. Ellen changed the lives of many through her teachings, inspiration, guidance and love.
Ellen will be lovingly remembered and deeply missed by her family, her former colleagues and students, many friends and her two beautiful cats.
Ellen requested no funeral services but her friends hope to have a celebration of her life this summer and will reach out to all once this is finalized.


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9 Condolences

  1. Marj Winnie on May 27, 2021 at 2:04 pm

    Miss you lots my dear friend.

  2. Nancy Serrilla on May 28, 2021 at 12:29 am

    You were such a kind lovely lady to my daughter while she attendant massasoit college she learned a lot from you you will be missed Rest In Peace thank you for being part of her live

  3. Pat on May 29, 2021 at 1:24 am

    Think about you every day.

  4. Den & Mariana on June 1, 2021 at 1:17 am

    We miss you and your zest for life, Miss Ellen. You made the world — and our lives — better…

  5. Kevin McKee on June 15, 2021 at 5:35 pm

    A gifted actress … a credit to her Irish heritage … a dear friend. Forever in my heart and the hearts of many here in North Carolina. Rest in peace, dear Ellen.

  6. Dennis C. Maulden on June 16, 2021 at 12:20 am

    Ellen’s talents, not only in theatre but also in writing, we’re enormous influences on me as a young adult. She filled life with laughter; she inspired with strength and integrity. She adored her cats—an ever-endearing quality. And I treasure the birthday poems she wrote for me each season. Wishing her love and peace as her spirit finds its place in the universe.

  7. Johanna M. Erlenbach on June 19, 2021 at 7:24 pm

    You were a great roommate at FRP, as were your 2 cats and a friend indeed! Did we carry on or what? Thanks for all the fun during those years on stage and off! Carry on in spirit and know you are missed. Carry on, Vagabond!

  8. Martha L. Patton on July 19, 2021 at 2:12 am

    I will always remember my friend of 65 years with appreciation for her caring ways. We were classmates at Emmanuel College, zany staff at summer camp, and Ellen was Maid of Honor at my wedding 55yrs ago. Although very busy, she made time to call frequently while I was battling cancer in 2003 and always sounded a positive note. Whenever we talked or wrote, it was as if no time had passed. Ellen showed keen insight into many different types of people and touched so many lives. She was adventuresome, unconventional, and just plain fun! She encouraged people to be their best selves. I am grateful to have known her. ❤️

  9. Edwina Shannon on December 12, 2021 at 11:25 pm

    The letter I mailed you in July was just returned yesterday. I think of you, Ellen. Thanks for being a friend.

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