Sharon Lyn Kelly, 75, passed away on Nov. 27, 2018, at the New England Medical Center (Tufts University) where she had been employed for 44 years as a registered nurse specializing in cancer treatment before her retirement. Sharon was born March 31, 1943, in Northampton, Mass., the daughter of Earl and Virginia (Sargent) Kelly. She was raised in Littleton, N.H., and was a graduate of Littleton High School.

After graduating from Elliot Hospital School of Nursing in Keene, N.H., in 1964, Sharon moved to Boston to become an operating room nurse. She soon grew passionate about the fight against cancer and was among the first cancer nurse specialists. She attended conferences around the country and abroad to be trained in chemotherapy treatment. Her patients appreciated her kind, straight-forward encouragement to fight for each new day as scientist continued to make new discoveries.

Sharon’s yearbook goal to “see the world” was abundantly fulfilled as she traveled to South America, China, India, Africa, and beyond. Some of her favorite trips were to North Carolina beaches to camp with friends and to the Maine coast to spend many wonderful vacations with her family. She also enjoyed creating exquisite needlepoint projects.

Sharon loved living in Boston. Her feisty spirit, sense of adventure, forthright manner and love of life endeared her to all who knew her. She taught everyone to be their own best advocate. She will be missed by her many good friends. She will be especially missed by her brothers, Conrad Kelly and wife, Susan and Paul Kelly and wife, Martha and their families who wish to express gratitude to the staff of Tufts for their care of Sharon. There will be no funeral service; however, memorial contributions to cancer/diabetes research or animal shelters are ideas for remembrances.

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