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KELLY, Claire V. (Burke), of Braintree and Falmouth, passed away, surrounded by her loving family, on March 31, 2018, at the age of 88. Born and raised in Boston, Claire graduated from Dorchester High School. Claire volunteered as a Lunch Mother at St. Francis of Assisi Church. She spent her free time enjoying life with her late husband, Jimmy, traveling, dancing, going to the beach and wintering in Florida. She also enjoyed crafts, spending her time crocheting or doing ceramics. Claire had a nurturing and compassionate way about her that would always make you feel special. A devoted wife, mother and grandmother, Claire will be greatly missed by all who were blessed to have known her. Claire was the wife of the late James P. Kelly. Loving mother of James P. Kelly of Rowland, NC, Janet M. Clifford and her late husband Bill of Marshfield and Kathy A. Chute and her husband George of Milford. Sister of the late John Burke, Mary Timmins and Arnold Burke, Jr. Dear “Gramma” to Meghan Herbst, Trevor Kelly, Grace, Harry and Maggie Chute and Kate Clifford and “Great Gramma” to Ryan and Emily Herbst. Sister-in-law of Julianne Burke, Rita M. Kelly and Myles and Joyce Kelly. Cherished Aunt of Linda Shelton and her husband Mark and their children Ryan and Kelly Letourneau of Worcester. Also survived by many nieces, nephews and friends. Reposing at the Cartwright-Venuti Funeral Home, 845 Washington St., Braintree. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend visiting hours on Wednesday, April 4th, from 4:00 – 8:00 PM. A Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, April 6th at 9:00 AM in St. Francis of Assisi Church, Braintree. Burial will follow at 2:30 PM in the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Claire’s name to St. Patrick’s Manor, 863 Central St., Framingham, MA 01701.

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