52 years into marriage, Ed and Connie Kelly say that honesty and tolerance are the keys to a lasting marriage. And, as Ed throws in with a smile, “Never forget an anniversary!”
Connie is an upstate New York native who moved to Oklahoma to teach in a Montessori school, where she met Father Ed Kelly. Father Ed was from Detroit and had gone to the seminary after serving in the U.S. Army for ten years. He happened to be the head of the school where Connie worked. After falling in love on the job, Ed left the priesthood and the couple married in the fall of 1968. Soon after they married, the couple traveled around the country, and then the world. Eventually, they landed in the Washington DC area, where Ed worked for the federal government in social justice programs until he retired in 1996. Connie took on the role of stay-at
home mom to their four children after her teaching days, but remained active in the PTA and other volunteer work.
Ed and Connie have traveled all over the world. Their favorite experiences were a trip to Alaska and living in Australia for about a year just after they wed. They travel to upstate New York every summer to the lake house they share with their whole family, which is always a highlight of their year.
The longstanding local couple moved into Kensington Park in April of 2019 after 41 years in their Kensington home. They have two sons and two daughters, as well as five grandchildren ages 7-15. Two of their children and their families are local, while the others live in Massachusetts and New York. They are very active in their church, St. Camillus, and enjoy spending time with their family.
The couple describes Kensington Park as an “outstanding” community. While they are still adjusting to life outside of the spacious 6-bedroom Victorian home that they loved, they have enjoyed simplifying their lives and enjoying dinners, happy hours, movies, and other positives of KP living. They are pleased to have settled in so close to where they raised their family and where two children still live. They particularly like Kensington Park’s small size and team of staff that really care about the residents. We are so lucky to have this wonderful couple as part of our Kensington Park family!