Margaret
MARGARET D. KELLY Went home to God on March 2. Margaret Donovan Kelly was a long-time resident of Manhattan Beach and a member of American Martyrs Church. She was born in Los Angeles, attended local Catholic schools and graduated with honors from Mount St. Mary's College in the 1930's. After a successful career with AT&T; she received a commission in the first class of WAVE officers during WWII. During this time she was courted by and married her life-time partner and soul mate, Duncan Kelly. At the close of the war they returned to Manhattan Beach where they raised their four children; Patricia, Tom, Katie and Theresa. Margaret and Duncan were extremely committed to their church, the Manhattan Beach community, her Irish colleagues and the many friends they developed. When the need came to rescue the Latin program at Mira Costa, Margaret welcomed the opportunity to foster both academic strength and maturity with high school students. As a true example of God's stewardship, she handled the needs of her family, students and friends with amazing humor, love, and focus. She was a beacon of commitment, leadership and integrity to the students who passed through her Latin and California history classes. At the same time she unselfishly gave of her time and love to friends, colleagues and the family. Margaret's willingness to make time for all her fellow members in Christ was a true example of the Christian concept of "multi-tasking". With retirement, Margaret expanded her activities in the Manhattan Beach community as a tutor and member of the California Historical Society. She adored and was adored by her four grandchildren. She also became active in the Altar Society and the Historical Society. She and Duncan enjoyed spending weekends in Santa Barbara and visiting her family in Colorado, Idaho, and Northern California. She was blessed to make trips to Greece, Italy and Turkey- fulfilling her long-time interest in the classics. She always provided and understanding ear and heart to many younger friends during this time period. In her last years, she handled her illness and aging with courage, grace, acceptance and dignity. She was preceded in death by her husband Duncan and her sister, Patricia. She is survived by her children Patty Brown (Rex Brown), Thomas, Katie and Theresa (Jeff Shinn), four grandchildren (Kerry Brown, Conner Shinn, Barrett Brown, and Brady Shinn), her cousin Mary Sullivan and her caregiver Maria Borlado. Margret would also like to include all the doctors, nurses and friends who were her extended family during the last eight years. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on March 14th at 11:30 at American Martyrs Catholic Church, Manhattan Beach, CA. The family requests that any donations be made to a local charity in lieu of flowers.

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  1. Mrs. Kelly as we will always respectfully call her helped us produce the classic spoof “Rinse the Blood off my Toga”, regaled us with stories of the Red Cars and the Manhattan Project between conjugation of Latin verbs for 4 marvelous years. We’ve lost one of the finest women I have ever known. All my condolences, Vicki Callahan MICOHI Class of 1970

  2. Mrs. Kelly was my Latin teacher for four years from 1965 to 1969. Surprisingly, she only sent me to the principal€™s office once. I think it was because I couldn€™t stop laughing at my friend’s (Pete Rogers€™) questionable translation of a passage in the Iliad wherein poor King Agamemnon was wearing €œa purple bordered toga bordered by a purple border€ and €œsat upon his scepter€. Over the years I have often wondered what happened to Mrs. Kelly. It seems as I got older, I appreciated Mrs. Kelly more and more. She was incredibly intelligent, incredibly entertaining, extremely enthusiastic about life and one of the kindest people I have ever met. I€™m not sure how she managed to put up with me for four years, but every time I drove by her house, I would think of her fondly and the good old days in Latin class. She was a good soul and will be sorely missed. Rest in peace, Mrs. Kelly.

  3. Mrs. Kelly and JCL are some of my fondest memories of high school. I’m so happy to see that she got to do so much after retirement. What a special lady. Thank you for sharing her!

  4. Dearest All: Margaret’s service today was a beautiful tribute to an extraordinary woman. We considered it a privilege to know Margaret and Duncan. What a grand legacy they left in all of their family members! With love, Pat and Jerry

  5. To the Family My thoughts and prayers are with you on the passing of Mrs. Kelly. That’s how I knew her from the years of classses on Latin I attended at Mira Costa. She was the first “teacher” that I had that shared that there was more than learning to be had from a the person at the front of the class. The world is truly a better place due to Mrs. Kelly Mort August Class of 1967

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