Kathleen "Kay" Kelly McGarrigle




Fuquay-Varina – Kathleen "Kay" Kelly McGarrigle, age 84, passed away Monday, October 23, 2017. The family will receive family and friends on Friday, October 27, 2017 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Thomas Funeral Home Chapel, 401 N Ennis Street, Fuquay-Varina, also on Saturday, October 28th from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., one hour prior to the funeral service which will follow at 5:00 p.m. at Thomas Funeral Home Chapel.

Kay was born in Detroit Michigan and was the oldest of six siblings. Her father passed away at a very young age so Kay selflessly stepped in to help raise her young brothers and sisters. Kay attended St Cecelia Catholic School for 12 years and was an outstanding student. She then enrolled in the University of Detroit to obtain an associates degree.

While in college her sister introduced her to Jack, her soon to be husband. They were married on December 29, 1957 and were blessed with over 60 years of marriage. During those years, she was a loving mother and grandmother, always putting the needs of her family first just as she did as young girl. While raising her family Kay worked as a secretary, switchboard operator and a bank teller. She was very proud of her small business;"Giant Greeting Card" where she designed and created over sized cards to be used as keepsakes.

Before retiring to Fuquay-Varina, NC Kay lived and made many wonderful friends in Livonia, MI, Southfield, MI, Chihuahua Mexico, Middleburg Heights, OH. She will be dearly missed by all of those whose lives she touched. She was an angel on earth and is now resting at peace as an angel in heaven

She was preceded in death by her parents, John Francis “Frank” and Alice O’Malley Kelly; son, Daniel John McGarrigle; sisters, Arlene Kelly Healy and Marilyn Rose Schoenherr; brothers, John “Jack” Kelly and Thomas Kelly.

Kay is survived by her husband of 60 years, John L. “Jack” McGarrigle; son, Martin Kelly McGarrigle of Kansas City, KS; daughters, Marcella Smith (Mark) of Fuquay-Varina, NC and Mary McGarrigle (David Kozlowski) of Redford, MI; grandchildren, Sean, Brendan and Nora Smith, Daniel McGarrigle, and Kelly McGarrigle; sister, Helen Patricia “Patsy” Schroeder; sister-in-law, Sr. Maureen McGarrigle, RSM; daughter-in-law, Joyce McGarrigle; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Knights of Columbus www.kofc.org