Maureen Anne Kelly

April 29, 1942 - October 31, 2023

04/29/1942 - 10/31/2023

Maureen Anne Kelly left this world on October 31, 2023 and was reunited with her loving husband, Paul Kapp.

Born of April 29, 1942, Maureen dedicated her life to the service of others while being heavily involved in the Catholic Church and a member of Alcoholics Anonymous.

In her early years, Maureen became a nun with the Sisters of Mercy in Buffalo, NY.  After choosing to leave the convent, she furthered her education and received two Master’s degrees relating to Theology- from Leuven, Belgium and University of Missouri Kansas City (UMKC). As both a published author and a chaplain, Maureen inspired and guided many who she met throughout her life.  She was known for providing love, laughter and friendship to all who were lucky enough to call themselves her friend or family.

Maureen’s greatest love was her husband, Paul, who passed away on March 30, 2012. Maureen has also joined in the afterlife her parents: Anne and Thomas Kelly, and brother: Michael Kelly, where we are certain she is making them laugh.

Maureen is survived by her siblings: Kevin (Cheryl) Kelly, Edward Kelly, and Theresa (Mary Clare) Kelly; Ellen Kelly; her nieces: Erin Smith, Courtney Christensen, Elizabeth Callahan and Cati Callahan; nephews: Sean K. Kelly, Kevin Kelly, Brian Kelly, Sean P. Kelly, and Michael Kelly; and many close cousins.  Maureen also leaves behind a large circle of friends in Kansas City, whom she loved dearly. A service to celebrate her life will be announced at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, a cause very dear to Maureen’s heart.

Altmeyer Funeral Home, Southside Chapel, 5033 Rouse Drive, Virginia Beach, VA is honored to serve the Kelly family.

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Carol Mathews
3 months ago

I was fortunate to count myself among Maureen’s circle of friends in Kansas City. She was so wise, learned, and hospitable to all. We will miss her very much.

Evelyn Brady
3 months ago

Maureen was my cousin- first, second, third? It didn’t matter. We knew the connection. I wish we lived closer. Maureen’s spirit will stay with all she loved and I am grateful. Deepest sympathy to her family and friends.🕊️♥️

Kathleen Kenney
3 months ago

I am so sorry we did not get together after she moved east. Maureen was always so supportive and affirming. She and Paul were so perfect for each other. Despite his loss of speech towards his end, he conveyed his deep love for her, pointing to her picture and his heart.

Rev. Stephen Overall
3 months ago

Maureen was one of the brightest CPE students it is was my pleasure to mentor as a clinical pastoral educator. Her abilty to listen carefully and reflect spiritually about life and death were her greatest personal and clinical strengths. She and Paul led didactics, about living with Altzhiemers, for CPE Students at St. Lukes Hospital in Kansas City, for several yeas before Paul’s death. She used to send Jackie Lawson E-cards to her friends on their birthdays and just about all other holidays, she had an amazing ability to keep connected with friends. A gifted writer, her verbatim reflections were rich with insights she learned from her patients and fellow students. I grieve the world’s loss of this one beautiful soul. Rest in Peace Maureen, your legacy is still actively changing hearts and minds of those your life touched, including my own.
Rev. Stephen W. Overall

Marc Giedinghagen
3 months ago

Maureen was a great Clinical Pastoral Education student and compassionate chaplain. I will miss my friend, Maureen. My heart goes out to her friends and family. Marc

Bob Duggan
3 months ago

Maureen’s legacy to so many of us: Rich memories of her laughter, her impish smile, deep, faithful friendship, wit, charm, and wisdom; her extraordinary gift of compassion for those who suffer and her extravagant gift of self in a life of service; her keen intelligence, surely, matched by an amazing ability to teach in simple, practical ways. She delighted in family and friends — and what precious memories of her we will carry in our hearts as long as we live.

Rita Burns Senseman
3 months ago

Maureen was a mentor, friend and a great catechist! She gave me confidence and taught me a lot about ministry. Thank you, Maureen!

Larry Ehren
3 months ago

Maureen was a wonderful colleague and friend. She was also a great mentor in recovery. I am saddened by her death, and live in hope of the promise of Eternal Life.

Sharon Barb PConnor
3 months ago

Maureen was my friend. For a long time. Sending love to her family.

Diane Lampitt
3 months ago

Maureen Kelly was a mentor, colleague, and friend. I will keep in my heart her infectious laugh and her loving support!