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Hilda G. Kelley, RN

July 29, 1925 July 23, 2007
Hilda G. Kelley, RN
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Hilda Goodhue Kelley, R.N. St. Albans - Hilda Goodhue Kelley, RN, 81, a lifelong resident, passed away early Monday, July 23, 2007, shortly after arrival at the Northwestern Medical Center with her family at her side. Born on July 29, 1925, Hilda was one of ten sisters who grew up on Hardwood Hill in Richford. Her parents, the late Cyrus and Ordina (Comstock) Goodhue both died at an early age leaving the oldest sisters, Leona and Marjorie to care for the younger ones. The family of sisters (from oldest to youngest) included: Leona (Clough, now deceased), Marjorie (Diglio, now deceased), Helen (Fountaine, now deceased), Dorothea (Hopson, now deceased), Lydia (Houle), Stella (Broe), Ethel (Carr), Hilda (Kelley, recently deceased), Shirley (Mudgett), and Jacqueline (Lumbra, now deceased). She married Lee E. Kelley in 1962. Lee, an avid story-teller, likes to attribute her selection of Thanksgiving Day as her wedding day because she always enjoyed a good turkey dinner. But we all know its Lee who loved the turkey. Hilda completed her high school education at Richford High school. During World War II, she was a member of the Cadet Corps. She continued her education, first in Boston, and then at the St. Albans Hospital School of Nursing graduating in 1946. Hilda was a career registered nurse, starting in pediatrics. She worked at the former Kerbs Memorial Hospital now the Northwestern Medical Center. She achieved the position of Operating Room supervisor early in her career and retired in 1988. After retirement, Hilda continued a vigorous life with her family and the community. She was a member of the Northwestern Medical Center Auxiliary. Suffering from arthritis at an early age, Hilda knew how important it was to stay extremely active. And she was a model of an active life- exercising daily; volunteering and participating in community races and events; canoeing with Lee locally and on wilderness trips with her family; learning and taking yoga regularly; organizing aquarobics in her own backyard pool; workouts at Ladies Workout Express; and contributing and participating in the July 4th Bay Day race. For many years she competed in road races-on her 65th birthday, she won her age group in the Swan Run, a 6.2 mile race. In recent years, Hilda was a great fan of St. Albans Hockey, following the careers of her grandchildren, Kyle Taylor (now playing in Junior A Hockey, on the Brockville Braves, in Ontario, Canada) and Desiree Hurlbut (plays for the SASA). She (with her husband, Lee) was also an avid Red Sox fan. Hilda placed high value on education and she stressed this value with her two sons, Steve and Tim. Both graduated from the University of Vermont - Tim in Business Administration and Steve in Mechanical Engineering. Both sons continued their education as post-graduates in Law (Tim) and Ocean Engineering (Steve). Hilda’s family, who deeply miss her, includes her loving husband, Lee of St. Albans, her two sons, Stephen E. Hurlbut and his wife, Kate Moran of Three Fathom Harbour, Nova Scotia and Timothy G. Hurlbut, Esq. and his wife, Kelly of St. Albans, three step-children, Kim Kelley and Keith Kelley both of Phoenix, Arizona, and Kathleen Nelson and her husband, Rick of Colorado Springs, Colorado, four grandchildren, Kyle Taylor, Desiree Hurlbut, Megan Kelley and Christopher Kelley-Campbell, four sisters, Lydia Houle of Lakeside, California, Stella Broe of Wallingford, Connecticut, Ethel Carr of Enosburg and Shirley Mudgett of Richford. At Hilda’s request, there will be no visitation and her family will conduct a celebration of her life privately. Because of Hilda’s love of active living, expressions of sympathy or celebration of Hilda’s life are asked to consider Hardack, Inc., c/o Mary Ann McDermott Reynolds, 119 North Main Street, Suite 2, St. Albans, Vermont 05478. Assisting Hilda’s family is the Heald Funeral Home of St. Albans. Messages of condolence are welcome at www.healdfuneralhome.com.

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