AUBURN, Mass. - Evelyn R. (Rivers) Kelley, 96, of Auburn, died peacefully at home on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012 in the loving care of her family.
She leaves her daughter, Barbara Carr of Auburn, with whom she lived for the past 11 years; a daughter-in-law, Rita Kelley of Utah; five grandchildren, James D. Carr, Jr. and his fiancée Terri Reed of Auburn, Jeffrey P. Carr and his wife Tammy of Auburn, Cheryl Desrosiers and her husband James of South Carolina, Steve Kelley and his wife Judy of Utah, Patrick Kelley and his wife Julie of Riverside, CA; nine great grandchildren, Jessica, Laurie, Megan, Kelly, Andrew, Tiffany, Christy, Ryan and Nicole; two great great grandchildren, Braiden and Grace. Evelyn was predeceased by her son, Francis A. Kelley and her son-in-law, James D. Carr.
She was born in Worcester, a daughter of the late Alfred and Rose (Daigle) Rivers and lived there for many years. In the 1970’s, Evelyn moved to Deerfield Beach FL, and then later Jupiter, FL before returning here.
Evelyn worked in the hospitality and food industry for many years. She enjoyed a long career with the Howard Johnson Company as a supervisor in the Western Massachusetts territory. Following that, Evelyn owned and operated a motel and restaurant in Brimfield, MA and then later the Sir Francis Motel and Apartments in Sturbridge. Evelyn’s desire was to be at home in her final days. Through the loving care and companionship of Terri, Tammy and Kimberly Reed, Evelyn was able to stay in the comfort of home and enjoy Terri’s sense of humor and the many adventures out with Tammy, and Kimberly, aka “Tim”, who for the past few months cared for her daily with such kindness and love. Evelyn received the best physical and emotional care anyone could have wanted. She was so loved and will be greatly missed.
At Evelyn’s request, there are no visiting hours. A graveside service will be held on Friday, Nov. 30 at 11 a.m. in the Notre Dame Cemetery (St. Joseph’s Section), 162 Webster Street, Worcester.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial gifts be sent to the Auburn Youth and Family Services, 21 Pheasant Court, Auburn, MA 01501.