Paula M. (McLarnon) Kelley, age 58

of Braintree

Paula M. (McLarnon) Kelley, age 58

Paula M. (McLarnon) Kelley, age 58, of Braintree, died peacefully, Thursday, December 30, 2021, in the comfort of her home, surrounded by her loving family.

Paula was born in Quincy, to the late Michael C. and Arlene F. (Miller) McLarnon. Raised and educated in Quincy, she was a graduate of Quincy High School, Class of 1981. She later received her Bachelor’s degree from Eastern Nazarene College in Quincy.

She worked as an administrative assistant for seventeen years at Braintree High School, where she was admired and loved by both students and staff.

Paula enjoyed playing all types of card games with family and friends. She enjoyed winning but preferred the time spent interacting with the other players.

Paula greatly enjoyed planning vacations for her family, including every minute detail. She enjoyed a number of destinations including North Conway, N.H. and Florida, however her favorite form of travel was on the seas. She went on numerous cruises to destinations such as Bermuda, the Caribbean, and Mexico.

Most of all, Paula was a devoted homemaker and mother who dedicated herself to her family.

Beloved wife for thirty-one years of Arthur J. Kelley.

Devoted mother of Sarah M. Kaplan and her husband Matthew, and Christina M. Kelley, all of Braintree.

Dear sister of Harold P. McLarnon of Va., Alice P. Fitzpatrick of Nev., Judith M. Mills of Weymouth, and predeceased by Richard M. McLarnon and James P. McLarnon.

Paula is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Visiting hours will be held at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, on Monday, January 3, from 4– 7 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated in Saint Francis of Assisi Church, 856 Washington Street, Braintree, on Tuesday, January 4, at 12 p.m. The Archdiocese of Boston requires a mask or face covering be worn in church. Interment Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Paula’s memory may be made to the Matthew M. McLarnon Memorial Fund, c/o Archbishop Williams High School, Office of Advancement, 40 Independence Avenue, Braintree, MA 02184 (781-843-3636).


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  • Paula,
    My life’s partner, you will be missed but never forgotten.
    Love Always,

  • Paula was such a ray of sunshine, the ultimate hostess and a kind soul. Our family will miss her smile and caring. God bless you Arthur, Sarah, Matt and Christina. We hold you in our hearts

    Liz and Ashley Elder

  • Paula was a sweet soul and quite the card player! I admired her sunny disposition and kind nature. My deepest sympathies to her loved ones.

  • Arthur, Sarah, Christina, and the McLaren family you are all in my thoughts and prayers. I will truly miss Paula, she was a sweet and loving person. Heaven received an angel today.

  • Arthur, Sarah,Christina and Matt,
    Our hearts go out to you over your profound loss Paula was a great sister, and more than a daughter in law to dad. She has left a legacy of love, kindness and caring as exemplified by her every day life and in her wonderful daughters. Over the last two years you’ve done all you can to keep her spirits up and surround her with love. She is in our hearts, we will miss her dearly
    Marty & Peggy

  • Paula was such a special friend. Was always there with her smiling face if you needed anything. Will miss all the special times we shared together. Till we meet again my friend.
    Sue and Tim

  • To the kindest, most loving Aunt: we will miss you endlessly. Your love for others was palpable at all times. How lucky we all are to have had you in our lives.
    Scottie, Carley, and Abigail

  • Paula,
    My forever friend, every stage of my life has you in it. From being little girls together, until now. I can’t imagine not being able to just call you. I will cherish every memory. I love you❤Carol

  • To an amazing Aunt- we will miss you endlessly. Your love was palpable at all times. We are all so lucky to have had you in our lives.
    Scottie, Carley and Abigail

  • Arthur, Christina, Sarah and Matthew,

    Please know you’re all in my thoughts and prayers. Paula was a very kind and sweet woman. I will miss seeing her out and about. May she Rest in Peace knowing her family will be watched, loved, and cared for.

  • I want to send my deepest condolences to my family. Uncle Arthur, and my cousins, Sarah and Christina. I got a chance to talk to Auntie Paula in the summer. We have not been close since being adults and living so far apart but I always had fond memories of us being kids together, playing cards, being together at family gatherings, and the Cape. I know that my dad, Richard, as well as Grandma and Grandpa were there to meet her. She will be missed!! God bless you! Much love!

  • Arthur, Sarah, Christina and Matt,
    Our hearts are heavy with the loss of Paula. She loved her family above everything else and we continue to be inspired by her courage and grace over the last couple of years. We have so many wonderful memories, most recently vacationing together in Myrtle Beach. She always watched out for Caroline in House 1 and we are forever grateful for that. She will be dearly missed by us all.

  • I’m so sorry to hear of Paula’s passing. May all the amazing memories she created with you bring you comfort.

  • Arthur & Family – My deepest sympathy and condolences on the passing of Paula. I met her on a GE trip to Italy, remembering her being so full of life. May the good memories lighten your heart during the difficult times ahead. I will be keeping you and your family in my prayers. May she Rest in Peace.


  • Arthur, Sarah, Matt, and Christina,
    I’m so sorry for your suffering and loss. Paula’s love and pride for her family was always obvious. She was always a welcoming and generous and fun host. You could always count on Paula to help without question. I miss my “sister”. We have you all in our prayers.

  • Always a smile and a kind word! Please accept our deepest sympathies……Tom and Mary Manning

  • I am sorry for the loss of Paula. Sending you thoughts and prayers as you gather together with family and friends during these times of need.

  • Arthur, Christina, Sarah, Matt and the McLarnon family,
    We are at a loss for words to describe the sadness we feel at Paula’s passing. Sorry just doesn’t seem like enough. Paula was always a bright light at any family gathering. Paula’s smile and happy demeanor was infectious! We will continue to hold you in our hearts and pray for each of you.
    All our Love,
    Bernie and Kathy XO

  • I am so very sorry to have heard of Paula’s passing. She was a wonderful loving person. Her eyes even smiled.
    My deepest condolences.


  • Paula was a ray a sunshine that will be greatly missed. Hoping and praying that you will treasure your memories and that they bring you comfort in the months and years ahead. Keeping you all in my prayers.

  • I was so sad and shocked to hear the news. Such a loving and gentle soul. She and Kelly Patriarca and I spent most of our kids’ elementary school years hanging out and causing trouble. I’ve never heard a negative word from Paula, and that smile will be with me forever. May God bring you all comfort.

  • Arthur and family,
    I am so sorry for the loss of your Paula. She is flying with the angels and looking down on all of you. May the pain subside and the joy of her memories prevail. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Jessie Rockteacher

  • Dear Arthur and Family,

    Paula was an amazing ray of sunshine that was dimmed from your lives way too soon. I hope and pray that your wonderful and treasured memories carry you through during this difficult time. Keeping you all in my prayers and sending hugs to all.

  • Just heard the sad news . Our most heartfelt sympathy to all of you. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. We are so sorry for your loss.
    With sadness,
    Joe, Donna and Lisa Caldarola

  • Arthur and Family, my deepest of sympathies during this difficult time. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

    Carrie Neu

  • Arthur, I’m so sorry to hear of Paula’s passing. Though I only met her a few times, I know what a wonderful person she was from the many family stories we shared. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family my friend.

  • To the McLarnon Family,
    So very sorry to hear of Paula’s passing. Unfortunately did not hear until the other day. I remember Paula as a sweet and sensitive girl and from all the beautiful notes it sounds like she never changed. So sorry for your loss.

  • I just heard that Paula has passed. She was a beautiful person inside and out. She really was a special friend. My condolences to her family.❤️