GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA

November 21, 2012

Kelly Anne Magrath, 53


Naples, Fla. — Kelly Anne Magrath died suddenly of natural causes in her home.

Born in Drexel Hill, Pa, Kelly was the older of two children born to Terrence Byrne Magrath, an Air force pilot and businessman, and Marilyn Grey, a nurse practitioner. Kelly spent her early years in Pittsburgh, with her loving mother and brother Michael Magrath. She graduated from the Shipley School in 1978, and then the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in communications.

Having been born with an arteriovenous malformation in her brain, she suffered from aneurisms as a young adult. Thanks to the dedication of her family, friends, many skilled physicians in Boston and the groundbreaking work of Dr. In Sup Choi of Lahey Clinic, she survived. A conference room at Lahey Clinic is dedicated to Kelly.

During her adult years, Kelly lived with her mother in Fox Chapel, Pa., and with her father and step-mother in Marblehead. She also spent time with her grandmother in Peterborough, N.H., and with her mother in Harmar, Pa., before moving to Rockport, with her cousin Coleen Magrath. In 2011, Kelly moved to Naples, Fla. to be closer to her father. Kelly was happy in Florida, quickly made many friends, worked in a store, and spent her last days in comfort and peace.

Kelly was an exceptional person who lived openly in the present. With her extraordinary sense of humor, a general acceptance of her world, and a natural ability to work a room, she was the spirit of life. Many will miss her deeply.

Kelly was pre-deceased by her mother, Marilyn G. Hinchliffe; her step-mother, Katherine B. Magrath and her beloved Neil Taylor. She is survived by her father, Terrence Magrath of Naples, Fla.; brother, Michael Magrath of Vashon Island, Wash.; her step-sister, Catherine Maihoefer, of Pittsburgh, Pa., and her step- brothers, Joeseph Hinchliffe of Chicago, ll., Michael Costelloe of Charleston, S.Cc, and Brian Costelloe of Charlottesville, Va.; and her cousins, Patricia Magrath of Lexington, and Coleen Magrath of Rockport.

ARRANGEMENTS: A service was held for Kelly at the Carlisle Naples on Friday, November 16th.

In lieu of flowers for Kelly Magrath, contributions in her memory may be sent to the Terrence B. and Katherine B. Magrath Scholarships at the John M. Olin School of Business, Washington University, 1 Brookings Drive, Campus Box 1082, St. Louis, MO, 63130.