Joanne Patricia Kelton
March 7, 1931 – May 11, 2019
Dateline: Cape Elizabeth Joanne “K” Patricia Kelton, 88, passed away Saturday at her home with her family by her side. She was born in Portland, March 17, 1931 a daughter of Ronald “Rollie” and Esther Burrill McPhee. She married Walter Stillman Kelton in 1954.
Known to all in the Cape Elizabeth community as “K” she loved children and made it her career of caring and watching children so that their parent or parents could work. She was especially close to the children of Larry and Mary Beth Benoit, caring for Elizabeth, Fran and Rob so both Larry and Mary Beth could work full time. The 3 children treated her as a relative and continued to visit “K”, whenever they came home, throughout her life. Joanne was a volunteer at the soup kitchen at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and had been active with women’s groups at St. Bartholomew’s Catholic Church where she had been a long time communicant.
Her husband Walter died in 1982. She is survived by a daughter, Shirley Kelton of Cape Elizabeth, 2 sons, Bill Kelton and his wife Debbie of So. Freeport, Ron Kelton of So. Portland, 2 sisters, Maureen Taylor and her husband Pete of Plaistow, N.H., Cathy Parent and her husband Jim of Germantown, MD, 6 grandchildren, Sean Sears, Candace Kane, Tucker Kelton, Ronnie Kelton, Matthew Sears and Josh Kelton, 3 great-grandchildren, Emma Kane, Hadley Kelton and Johnny Kelton, nephew Jack Sears and his wife Jane and numerous other nieces, nephews and cousins.
Relatives and friends may call at the Jones, Rich & Barnes Funeral Home, 199 Woodford St. Portland, Wednesday 4-7 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday at 10 am at St. Bartholomew’s Catholic Church, Cape Elizabeth. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, So. Portland. Please visit www.jonesrichandbarnes for further information and to sign “K’s” online guestbook.
- Ronald "Rollie" McPhee, Father
- Esther McPhee, Mother
- Walter Stillman Kelton, Husband
- Shirley Kelton, Daughter
- Bill Kelton, Son
- Debbie Kelton, Daughter-in-law
- Ron Kelton, Son
- Maureen Taylor, Sister
- Pete Taylor, Brother-in-law
- Cathy Parent, Sister
- Jim Parent, Brother-in-law
- Sean Sears, Grandson
- Candace Kane, Granddaughter
- Tucker Kelton, Grandson
- Ronnie Kelton, Grandson
- Matthew Sears, Grandson
- Josh Kelton, Grandson
- Emma Kane, Great Granddaughter
- Hadley Kelton, Great Grandson
- Johnny Kelton, Great Grandson
- Jack Sears, Nephew
- Jane Sears, Jack's Wife
- Visitation Wednesday, May 15, 2019
- A Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, May 16, 2019
Joanne Patricia Kelton
Judy and Tom Commeau
May 18, 2019
Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to all of the family during this difficult time.
Joanne was truly an angel on earth caring for so many people. Before I came to Maine to care for my elderly parents (Bradleys) Joanne was coming down to their house checking on them and doing chores for them. She was such a wonderful friend to them. Over the past five years I became very attached to Joanne witnessing her loving, caring ways towards our family and others. She became an almost daily visitor. After Dad (Russell) passed in 2015 Joanne came down to spend time with Mom (Henrietta). I will forever think of them on the back porch swinging together having a great time. Love you, Joanne.