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Dorothy Ann Kelso

April 30, 1924September 8, 2019

Dorothy Ann (Barrows) Kelso, 95

SAGAMORE -- Dorothy Ann (Barrows) Kelso of Sagamore Beach died peacefully at her daughter Jane and son-in-law Jack’s home in Mansfield on Sunday, September 8, 2019. She was married for over 53 years to George James Kelso, who predeceased her on March 31, 1995. Born April 30, 1924, in Foxboro, she was the daughter of Francis and Elisabeth (Leggee) Barrows. She graduated from Foxboro High School in 1942. After raising their seven children in Foxboro, she and her husband moved to Sagamore Beach 49 years ago. Mrs. Kelso is survived by her seven children: Catherine wife of Donald Dahlgaard of Norton, Barbara wife of the late Joseph Warren Jr. of Foxboro, Beth Ann wife of Larry Stone of East Longmeadow, Kevin Kelso husband of Jerrilynn (Ricciardone) of Spring Hill, Florida, Marjorie Kelso partner of Robert Stamps Sr. of Lake Elmore, Vermont, Jane wife of John “Jack” Haddigan of Mansfield, and Mary wife of Paul McAvoy of Foxboro; 19 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren, six great-great-grandchildren, her sister Barbara (Barrows) wife of the late William Marquardt of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and several nieces and nephews. Roger Caroll husband of Nancy Tyminski of New Jersey, who was originally a Fresh Air child in the Kelso’s home, is also considered a surviving family member. She was predeceased by her brother Francis Barrows, who died in infancy. Mrs. Kelso was once employed at Foxboro Town Clerk’s Office and regularly volunteered at the Food Pantry in Bourne, St. Vincent de Paul - Corpus Christi Parish in Sandwich, and on Medical Missions in Honduras. She was a member of the National Society of the American Colonists, the National Society of the Colonial Daughters of the Seventeenth Century, the National Society of Daughters of Colonial Wars, the Tupper Family Association, and the Nye Family Association. She was also a Gold Star Wife and a descendant of the founding families of Nova Scotia and Lunenburg. Mrs. Kelso was a seamstress, knitter, baker, crafter, and she loved to travel. She is a member of the St. Bonaventure Parish in Plymouth and Corpus Christi Parish in Sandwich. Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday September 12, 2019 at 11AM, Corpus Christi Parish, 326 Quaker Meeting House Rd. Sandwich, MA. Burial will follow at the Massachusetts National Cemetery. Visiting Hours will be held on Wednesday September 11, 2019 from 4-7PM at Nickerson-Bourne Funeral Home in Sandwich, MA 154 RT.6A. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Old Colony Hospice Philanthropy Office at 321 Monley St., West Bridgewater, MA 02379 or to Bourne Food Pantry at 20 Commerce Park Rd, Pocasset, MA 02559. For directions and online condolences please visit www.nickersonbournefuneralhome.com.


  • Francis Barrows, Father (deceased)
  • Elisabeth Barrows, Mother (deceased)
  • George James Kelso, Husband (deceased)
  • Catherine Dahlgaard, Daughter
  • Donald Dahlgaard, Son-in-law
  • Barbara Warren, Daughter
  • Joseph Warren Jr, Son-in-law (deceased)
  • Beth Ann Stone, Daughter
  • Larry Stone, Son-in-law
  • Kevin Kelso, Son
  • Jerrilynn Kelso, Daughter-in-law
  • Marjorie Kelso, Daughter
  • Robert Stamps Sr, Other
  • Jane Haddigan, Daughter
  • John “Jack” Haddigan, Son-in-law
  • Mary McAvoy, Daughter
  • Paul McAvoy, Son-in-law
  • Barbara Marquardt, Sister
  • William Marquardt, Brother-in-law (deceased)
  • Francis Barrows, Brother (deceased)
  • She is also survived by 19 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren, six great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

    Roger Caroll husband of Nancy Tyminski of New Jersey, who was originally a Fresh Air child in the Kelso’s home, is also considered a surviving family member.


  • Visting Hours Wednesday, September 11, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Thursday, September 12, 2019
  • Burial Thursday, September 12, 2019


Dorothy Ann Kelso

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Roger Carroll

September 12, 2019

Mom was a very special mom that immediately made the “Fresh Air” kid from NYC fell right at home and one of the family. Over the years we grew fonder of each other and it was natural to call Dottie, Mom. She was always there with a kind word or smile that showed her love .

I’m glad to have spent time with my mom and my other mom over the last number of years.
Mow both of them are in heaven and George “Dad” Kelso is with them. Probably joking about all the things Kevin and I did especially the snake story. We all still laugh about it and the wonderful times I enjoyed with all the Kelso children and Mom and Dad
I love you mom and God Bless you
Love always

Carol Maroni

September 11, 2019

Dear Marje, Bob, Jeremy and Kelso family,
Your dear Mom was a wonderful woman who made a path all her own, touching so many lives with caring, courage and compassion.
How wonderful that the world had her for 95 years! She will always be in many hearts, mine is one of them.
May God bless you all at this difficult time. Carol

Terri Wood-Gavel

September 11, 2019

Dottie was an amazing woman. I'm thankful that she has always been a part of my life and of my children's lives. She was a true role model and someone I respected deeply. To Dottie's family, Mike the girls and I offer our deepest condolences and love. Heaven truly gained another angel.

Nancy Butler Souza

September 11, 2019

Dear Kelso Family, I am so very sorry for the loss of your mom. She was a beautiful, kind, and caring woman. May the Lord bless and comfort you, as only He can, at this difficult time.

Lynn Carroll

September 11, 2019

Dottie (MOM) was such a shining light in so many lives. I have never forgotten nor will I ever forget the generosity of a woman whose life leaves a trail of memories for so many. She was such a caring and generous person that I have so many fond memories of. One life well lived she became a part of the lives in all she met.

Always Lynn

Donna (Lynne) (Webber) Dickerman

September 11, 2019

Barbara, Beth, and family, my sincere sympathy on the loss of your Mom. She lived a long life and cherish the good memories you have. You are in my prayers.

Richard McNary

September 10, 2019

It is with sadness that hearing of Dorothy's death. Memories of her are full of her kindness to others and her devotion to her children. She will.always be remembered as a wonderful lady who was thoughtful of others.
My thoughts and prayers are with the family during this time of sadness.