Bernice "Bunny" Kelley

August 28, 1917March 28, 2012

Rumford – Bernice “Bunny” Kelley, age 94, of Pine St. died Wednesday March 28, 2012 at her residence, with loving family at her side. She was born in Bemis, Maine on August 28, 1917 a daughter of Eli and Sophie (Arsenault) Gaudet. Bunny was educated in Rumford schools and was a graduate of Stephens High School Class of 1936. She married Wilfred Kelley on June 1, 1940; he passed away on December 4, 1961. Bunny and her brother Eli Gaudet, Jr built and operated the Cozy Inn Nursing Home. She then was employed as a secretary for the Rumford Town Manager for several years, and later secretary at St. Athanasius & St. John Church for many years. Bunny was a communicant of Parish of the Holy Savior. She was Past Regent of the Daughters of Isabella and Past President of the Maine Diocesan Council of Catholic Woman, and a member of the VFW Ladies Auxillary. Her greatest joy was going to her camp at Worthley Pond in the summer. Surviving are her children, William Kelley and wife Geraldine of Andover, ME, Kenneth Kelley of Mexico, Anna Kelley of Rumford, Cynthia Kelley of Rumford, and Jo Ann Frechette and husband Antonio of Wakefield, MA; nine grandchildren, Kerrie Meyers and husband Rusty, Kristin Kelley and companion Jay Purcell, Kathleen Tilton and husband Robert, Bryan Kelley, Bruce Kelley, Barry Kelley, Kim Jalbert and husband Scott, Melissa Swan and husband Richard, and Erin Kelley and fiancé Chad Haynes; and nine great grandchildren, Nick Jalbert, Matthew Jalbert, Courtney Kelley, Ryan Kelley, Brianna Swan, Savannah Swan, Ali Tilton, Charlie Tilton, and Avery Tilton. She was predeceased by her parents, her husband Wilfred, two sons Robert Kelley in 2000 and Lawrence Kelley in 2005, a daughter in law Marie Viger Kelley in 1993, and three brothers, Jack, Bob and Eli Gaudet Jr. If so desired contributions in Bunny’s memory may be made to St. Athanasius & St. John Catholic School 126 Maine Ave Rumford, ME 04276.


  • Visitation Sunday, April 1, 2012
  • Visitation Sunday, April 1, 2012
  • Mass of Christian Burial Monday, April 2, 2012

Bernice "Bunny" Kelley

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Katie Tilton

April 14, 2012

Dear Nana - Thank you for some of the best childhood memories a girl could have. There are too many to list but I will forever love cornbread with blueberries, swimming in a warm lake in August and playing rummy 500. I hope I never forget the sound of your voice when you would tell me "Nana loves you" as you gave me a big hug. We were so lucky to have you in our lives for so long. Thank you Nana for being the wonderful woman you were to so many and being the best Nana to us.

I love you,

Marie Paiva

April 4, 2012

Jo and all the Kelley family ~ I am so sorry for your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Marie Paiva

Joyce Prince

April 4, 2012

My deepest sympathies and condolences to Kelley Family - and sending my thoughts and heartfelt prayers to your family at this time! Joyce Prince

Theresa Thomas

April 1, 2012

To the Kelley Family: Thinking of you all at this sad time and wishing we could be there with you! Aunt Bunny was one great lady and we will certainly miss visiting with her as we did over the years.Will be thinking of you all tomorrow and will keep you in my prayers. Love Theresa & Family

April 1, 2012

our condolences to the family. annette mallett & family,
cardinal, ont

April 1, 2012

Thinking of you Jo....... you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers xoxoxoxox love,Terri Roberto

Joe McKenna

March 31, 2012

The lost town of Bemis. Are there any pictures? Where are the Bemis records kept? Regards.

Pauline Clark

March 31, 2012

To all my cousins
I pray God will give you Peace and Comfort at the loss of Aunt Bunny. My heartfelt sympathy to you all.
I will miss her. Going to Maine and not seeing her will be a very different visit.
Pauline Clark and Family

Ginny Dunton

March 31, 2012

Dear Jo and Family - Thinking of you and hoping happy memories will help you through this sad time.

Love, The Dunton Family

Sue Berggren

March 30, 2012

Jo - Thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family