Nancy Lenahan Kelly, 83, nurtured a lifelong passion for nursing

Nancy Lenahan Kelly, 83, passed from this life into God’s welcoming arms Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019.

Nancy was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, to Mary Dane Lenahan and Attorney. Francis P. Lenahan. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Francis P. Kelly; beloved son, Francis P. (Frank) Kelly Jr.; and sister, Mary Lenahan.

Nancy was a graduate of St. Anne’s Academy, and Mercy Hospital School of Nursing, where she obtained her R.N. Degree. She had a lifelong passion for nursing and her past employments included the Virginia Beach City Public School System, Sentara, Virginia Beach General, Sentara Norfolk General Hospital and DePaul Hospital in Norfolk. Nancy also enjoyed private duty nursing as well as volunteering at many local blood drives with the Red Cross. Nancy was a founding member of the Church of the Holy Family and was involved in several ministries throughout the years.

Nancy is survived by her daughter, Margaret Duffy, and her husband, Len, of Virginia Beach; son, George Dane Kelly, and his wife, Jill, of Williamsburg; and sister, Susan Lenehan Collins of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Nancy loved being a grandmother and is survived by her six wonderful grandchildren, Ryan Duffy (Autumn), Sean Duffy (Lauren), Christine Kelly Robinson (Matt), Erin Kelly, Evan Duffy and Catie Kelly. Nancy was thrilled to be a great-grandmother to Sarah Duffy, Henry Duffy, Luke Duffy, Carter Robinson and Blake Duffy.

A memorial Mass to celebrate Nancy’s life will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Jan. 10, at Church of the Holy Family, 1279 Great Neck Road, Virginia Beach. Lunch and refreshments will follow in the church family room.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made to the American Cancer Society or charity of choice.

Share online condolences with the family at H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts.

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