Rose A. (Hynes) Kelly, age 94

of Quincy

Rose A. (Hynes) Kelly, age 94

Rose A. (Hynes) Kelly, age 94, of Quincy, died Monday, November 13, 2023 at home, in the comfort of her loving family.

Rose was born and raised in Tuam, County Galway, Ireland. Rose was the daughter of the late John and Kate (Reilly) Hynes. Rose immigrated in 1948 at the age of nineteen, living with an aunt in Newburyport. Rose met the love of her life at a dance on New Years’s Eve 1950. Rose and Robert J. Kelly married in 1954 and bought a home in Roslindale where they raised their two sons and daughter and enjoyed their Beryl Street neighbors for more than thirty years. In 1986 they moved to Quincy.

When their children were young, they started summering on Martha’s Vineyard. They bought a vacation home in 1967 and spent summers there, as well as many holidays.

Rose was an avid golfer and a longtime member of Farm Neck Golf Club on Martha’s Vineyard. She would tee off four or five mornings a week with the ladies’ group of her many friends. They ruled weekday morning golf at Farm Neck!

Rose was a devoted mother and wife. For sixty-nine years, she was the beloved wife of Robert J. Kelly. She cherished her children, Robert J. Kelly, Jr. (Kelly) of Brockton, Mark S. Kelly of Florida, and Charlene Kelly of Quincy.

Rose was the loving grandmother of Mark’s children, Shannon, Colleen, and Connor Kelly.

Rose was fortunate her sister, Eleanor B. Bennett of Quincy, also immigrated. “Ellie” was Rose’s lifelong neighbor in both Roslindale and Quincy. Rose will be greatly missed by her sister. Rose was predeceased by Ellie’s son, Michael Bennett, and by her sisters, Jean French and Kathleen Costello, and her brother, Tom Hynes.

Rose is survived by many nieces, nephews, and their families.

Visitation will be held at the Sweeney Brothers Home for Funerals, 1 Independence Avenue, Quincy, on Wednesday, November 22, from 8:15 – 9:15 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Immediately following the visitation, a Funeral Mass will be celebrated in Saint John the Baptist Church, 44 School Street, Quincy, at 10 a.m. Interment to follow at Blue Hill Cemetery, Braintree.


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  • (Uncle) Bob, Bob Jr., Mark, and Charlene,

    We were so saddened to hear the news of (Aunt) Rose’s passing.

    When hearing of your loss, I was immediately reminded of just how gracious she was to me on that day in Swansea now more than a few years ago, when we were celebrating my mom’s life.

    That is a memory that comes to me often, and is one for which I am grateful.

    I’m sure that you have many memories of her graciousness, and hope that they are providing you with comfort.

    Very Respectfully, Lou and Anne-Marie Von Kahle (and family)

  • A beautiful lady has gone home. A woman ahead of her times – her friendship with my mom was something special. Two very strong independent women who one minute would be mad at each other and the next minute laughing their heads off. I enjoyed spending time with Mrs Kelly- her warmth and compassion made you feel special. So sad we lost an amazing lady. Rest in peace Mrs Kelly and give my mom a hug. XOXO

  • I am privileged to have known Mrs. Kelly and to have benefited from the Kelly’s hospitality. Strong yet gracious comes to mind when thinking of her. I’m happy I sent flowers this summer. Only a token of the gratitude I felt. Rest in peace, a beautiful person inside and out.

  • sometimes in life you meet special people and Rose was that special person. I remember all the good times with Rose, Bob, Gracie and Arthur and I am sure she is welcomed with open arms. Gerry will take good care of her also ..she will be missed ..and hopefully she will be playing golf again and watching over her family.

  • Uncle Bob, Be b, Jr., Mark and Charlene,

    So very sorry to hear of

  • Dear Uncle Bob, Bob Jr., Mark and Charlene,

    So very sorry to hear of Aunt Rose’s passing. She was a lady full of grace, class, compassion , strength and smiles. She was very good to me and my family. A wonderful host in her homes in Quincy and Martha’s Vineyard. Her beautiful , smiling face will be forever imbedded in my memory and heart. May you be comforted knowing she was loved by all who knew her. I can still hear her thunderous laugh.

  • Uncle Bob, Bob Jr., Mark and Charlene,
    We are so very sorry for your loss. How lucky are we to have such a large extended family ? I have always felt so fortunate to have met and loved so many generations of family. I enjoyed my time chatting and laughing with Aunt Rose at any family reunion and joking with her that I was her favorite niece. 🙂 Sending you love and light.

    Pammy, Art, Zach and Jocie Robichaud