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Trudy Short Kell


Chicago and Carrowholly, Westport

Trudy Short Kelly, age 84, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on October 3, 2019. Trudy was born in St Paul, MN on January 16, 1935 to the late Katherine Hynes Short and James Short, and was predeceased by her sister, Barbara Vaughn. Trudy was a full-time resident of Chicago’s north side for 82 years in addition to being a dual citizen of Ireland and part time resident of Carrowholly, Westport, Co Mayo.​ Trudy is survived by her husband of 60 years, Michael Kelly, her five children, Colleen (Mike) Frasure, Michael Jr (Stephanie), Patrick, Brian (Else) and Kevin (Cathy), and six grandchildren, Connor and Payton Hoag, Conor and John Michael Kelly, Griffin and Sienna Kelly.
Trudy attended the Academy of The Sacred Heart ’52 and Barat College ’56 and was active in many local organisations including the Sauganash Garden Club (President 1983), Regina Dominican High School Mothers Club (President 1976-78), Loyola Academy Mother’s Club (Board Member), and House of Good Shepherd (Auxiliary Board). Trudy was one of the founding members of the Queen of All Saints Home School Association as well as The Sounds newspaper in 1977, a northside Chicago publication. Her talent for gardening was shown in the beauty of her garden in Chicago as well as in Westport.
Visitation was held on Friday, October 11, from 3pm to 8pm at Smith-Corcoran Funeral Home, 6150 N. Cicero Ave. Chicago. On Saturday, October 12 at 10.30am friends and family were welcome to attend a Funeral Mass for a celebration of her life at Old St Patrick’s Church, 700 W. Adams St Chicago.
May her soul rest in peace.