Emilia “Honey” Kelly, age 88, passed away peacefully May 30, 2020. Born Emilia Teresa DiVico in 1932, to Louis and Amelia (Pellegrino) DiVico, Honey lived her entire life in North Tarrytown and Tarrytown. She loved her town with all her heart, was beyond proud of the place that she was raised, and cherished friendships made there that lasted a lifetime. It was where she met the love of her life Billy Kelly. High school sweethearts, they were truly devoted to one another. Bill passed many years ago, but Honey held him in her heart forever. Together they created a beautiful family, having two sons, Patrick and Scott.
Honey was active in her community. She helped to organize the first union for teacher aides in the Tarrytown School District, where she worked for many years as an aide and librarian, not retiring until she was 77. She was an active member of the Tarrytown Senior Center, and was still helping to organize high school reunions. She had also been a volunteer at Phelps Memorial Hospital. Honey was a lover of the beach, and shared fond memories with family and friends at the Jersey Shore. An avid reader, Honey could often be found sitting by the Hudson River under the tree planted in her husband’s memory, reading and telling visitors all about the Tarrytowns and the river.
Honey was predeceased by her beloved husband Bill, her sister Angelina (Pellegrino) Columbo, and her brother Carl DiVico. She is survived by her sons Scott (Catherine) Kelly of Mahopac, NY and Patrick Kelly of Tarrytown. Honey also leaves behind her two grandchildren, Ryan and Dana, who adored her. They were the light of her life, and they were blessed with the opportunity to share so much of their lives with her. She taught them to be strong and tolerant, and never to sit idle while life passed them by. Honey leaves behind her beloved sister-in-law Carolyn DiVico, brother-in-law Matthew (Linda) Kelly, and nephews and nieces she deeply loved.
Honey had a wonderful life, full of love, friendships and beautiful memories. Honey now joins the love of her life, her family that has passed, and all of her friends who made her life so rich. Her family thanks all of you who were a part of her legacy. She was truly blessed.
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Due to the pandemic, services will be private.
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