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Ann Pauline (Kelly) Flannery

July 22, 1944 ~ December 27, 2023 (age 79) 79 Years Old
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Ann Flannery Obituary

         Mrs. Ann Pauline Flannery, 79, a resident of West Pittston, formerly of Wilkes-Barre's East End neighborhood, passed into Eternal Life peacefully early the morning of Wednesday, December 27th while in the care of Highland Manor Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Exeter, following a short but brave battle with cancer. She was best known as "Nancy" to those who knew and loved her.

     Born on Saturday, July 22, 1944, in Wilkes-Barre, she was one of five children to the late Edward and Irene (McKeown) Kelly.  Nancy felt the calling of the Lord though, young to the convent, and moved away to attend and later became a graduate of the Immaculata High School in New Jersey. After high school, she continued the path of education to fulfill her calling, but a family issue brought her permanently back home to the Wyoming Valley. If it weren’t for this fateful change of life events, Miss Kelly would never have met her future husband and become Mrs. James Flannery, eventually having eight beautiful children together. The Lord works in mysterious ways indeed!  For the rest of her life though, Ann held her Sisters from the convent close to her heart and considered many her very best friends. She furthered her education toward her vocation by becoming a 1986 graduate of the Wilkes-Barre Area Vocational Technical School of Nursing.

     Until her formal retirement, Mrs. Flannery served as a Licensed Practical Nurse for the Community Living Center at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Wilkes-Barre, for 30 years. Previously, she had taught 2nd grade at St. Boniface School in Wilkes-Barre.

     A devout Catholic, Mrs. Flannery was a member of Saints Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Parish, Plains and previously of the former Saint Andre Bessette Parish, North Wilkes-Barre, where she held membership in Sister Madonna's Faith Sharing Group prior to the parish's closing and subsequent merger.  Prior to that, she served as an extraordinary minister of Holy Communion to the homebound, especially during her years at the former Holy Savior Parish in East End, as well as a Eucharistic Minister in the church.

      She is remembered by her children as being a loving devoted wife and mother, a real Boone and Boogle who loved each of them as her "favorite".  She enjoyed the many gatherings of family and friends over the years, experiencing nature by the ocean or in the woods, or the hustle and bustle of a busy restaurant, clinking and clanking with the sounds of a good time. Sláinte!

     To her family and friends, she would often share the quote "There is but a thin veil between time and eternity; God's love holds us together.” Nancy walked the walk and talked the talk, as they say, being a selfless woman who never said a bad word about anyone. Actually, she wouldn’t say a bad word, period! Her sister Mary tells of a time she tried to get Nance to say the “S” word, but she would not. “She just laughed at me!” Mary added, “She was the best sister and the best listener. She had a great sense of humor, and we could always laugh together. She taught me how to pray and taught me about my best friend, St. Theresa. She was fun and loyal to everyone, all the time… Irreplaceable, the best, and I love her so much.” So many similar words poured in from family and friends, with her children and grandchildren having countless tales of laughter and love, and her brother Brian even writing a new email each day for months, chronicling his memoirs of Dear Dear, as their mother called Nancy. Surely, a book is forthcoming from his tome’s worth of admiration.  

     On Christmas evening, when it was clear that our dear Boone was being called home shortly, and her words left for this world may all have already been spoken, her youngest grandchildren insisted on visiting Gramma Flannery again to say goodbye one last time. A large smile came over her face when she heard their voices come close, and she spoke, “The angels…” How fitting for these angels to help to pass her on to those waiting for her on the other side.              

     Mrs. Flannery was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Mr. James Flannery on March 14, 2004.  At the time of his passing, the couple shared some thirty-eight years of married life together.  Also preceding her was a son, Mr. David Flannery in 2004.  More recently, she bid farewell to her son James Flannery, Jr. on November 29, 2021; and sadly, a year later, to her youngest son, Matthew Flannery, on November 10, 2022. She was also preceded in death by her older brother, Edward Kelly, Jr.

     Left to cherish the wonderful memories they keep of her are her children; daughter, Irene Flannery, Kingston; daughter-in-law, Bridget (Bailey) Flannery of Plains Township; daughter, Mary DeLucia and her husband Danny of Harding; son, Michael Flannery of Wilkes-Barre; son, Ken Flannery and his wife Jennifer of Palm Bay, Florida; son, Stephen Flannery and his wife Amanda of Forty-Fort;  Grandchildren, Billy Kimble; Bailey Flannery; Genevieve Flannery; Trevor, Lilah and Clara Flannery;  Great-grandson, Will;  Brothers and sister; Brian Kelly and his wife Pat of Wilkes-Barre; Joseph Kelly and his wife Diane of Kingston; Mary Daniels and her husband Bill of Wilkes-Barre; Brother-in-law, Joseph Flannery and his wife Diane of Hanover; Sister-in-law, Barbara Copeland and her husband John of Moosic ; Numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, fellow parishioners and dear friends. Also left to cherish the memories are many close friends of her children who Nancy considered sons and daughters. She thought warmly of you all until the end.

     Funeral services for Mrs. Flannery will be conducted on Thursday, January 4th with her funeral Mass at 10:00 a.m. in Saints Peter and Paul Parish, 13 Hudson Road, Plains Township.  The Reverend Thomas M. Muldowney, pastor of Saint Catherine of Siena Parish, Moscow, and personal family friend, will serve as celebrant and homilist.  Those attending are asked to assemble directly at church by 9:45 a.m.  The Mass will be live-streamed on the parish YouTube channel.

     Interment with the Rite of Committal will follow in Saint Mary's Roman Catholic Cemetery, 1594 South Main Street, Hanover Township.

     Relatives and friends may join the Flannery family for visitation and shared remembrances Wednesday evening from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Saints Peter and Paul Parish.

     In lieu of floral tributes, memorial donations in Mrs. Flannery’s memory would be greatly appreciated to the American Cancer Society, 712 South Keyser Avenue, Taylor, PA 18517 or online at

     The John V. Morris Family Funeral Home Inc., North Wilkes-Barre is once again honored to care for Mrs. Flannery and her family at this time.

     Words of comfort or a fond remembrance may be shared with Nancy's family by visiting her memorial page on our family's website,

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January 3, 2024

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Saints Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church
13 Hudson Road
Plains, PA 18705

Gathering of Family and Friends
January 4, 2024

9:45 AM to 10:00 AM
Saints Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church
13 Hudson Road
Plains, PA 18705

Funeral Mass
January 4, 2024

10:00 AM
Saints Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church
13 Hudson Road
Plains, PA 18705

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American Cancer Society
712 South Keyser Avenue, Taylor PA 18517


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