Jennings, Harriet

July 6th, 2011

Harriet M. (Kelley) Jennings, of Wilmington, age 76, passed away July 6 at the Lahey Clinic after a brief illness.

Born on November 19, 1934, in Boston, Harriet was the cherished daughter of Jeremiah and Harriett (Tirrell) Kelley. She grew up in Jamaica Plain and attended Blessed Sacrament School. After graduating High School in 1952, Harriet attended Boston College and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education. Harriet went on to teach in the Wilmington Public Schools for 23 years.

Harriet was married to her husband Randy in 1957, with whom she spent the next 54 years with. They lived together in Wilmington for over 50 years and raised their family there. Throughout her life, Harriet had great empathy for those who were “down and out”, particularly for the homeless. After her retirement from teaching, Harriet acquired quite an array of power tools and became a skilled “fixer-upper”; she was a Jill of all Trades. Harriet will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Harriet was the beloved wife of Randy Jennings of Wilmington, dear mother of Denise Jennings of Wilmington, Lendon R. Jennings III of Wilmington, Julianne Mullane and her husband Stephen of Tewksbury, Maura Murphy of Watertown and Patricia Jennings of North Reading. Loving Grandmother of John, James and Kathryn Garvey, Elizabeth and Emily Pardy, Daniel, Lauren and Maura Mullane, William, Maureen, Kevin and Michael Murphy, great-grandmother of Thomas Gage Murphy and Keira Maura Garvey, sister of Patricia Lee and her husband Donald of Dennis and the late Gerald B. Kelley and his wife Helen.

A graveside service will be held at Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington, on Saturday, July 9, at 2:00 p.m.

Memorial donations in Harriet’s name can be made to Betty’s Place, Shelter for Homeless Women, 40 Berkeley St., Boston, MA 02116.


5 Entries in Guest Book for “Jennings, Harriet”

  1. Tom Donnellan says:

    Dear Randy and family. Sally and I were sorry to read that Harriet has died. Our deepest sympothy to you and your family at this most difficult time. Tom and Sally Donnellan (Harriet’s cousins from Marblehead)

  2. claudia Mosey says:

    Dearest Maura and family:Jennifer and I were saddened to hear of your Mother’s death.As I sit here I am remembering all the fun times we had on Lawrence st. You were so good to my kids,My thoughts and prayers are with you and yours. Claudia,Jennifer Mosey,florida

  3. Mary Timmins says:

    Dear Jennings Family, I was deeply saddened to learn of Harriet’s passing. I taught with her at the Shawsheen School many years ago. I will always remember her sage advice on child rearing, her love of family, and her wonderful sense of humor. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. Mary Timmins

  4. Debi ( Curtis) Pike says:

    Dear Jennings Family,
    Mrs. Jennings was my 4th grade teacher at the Swain School( 1971-1972).
    She was an amazing teacher , patient and kind and I to this day remember her telling us to “Use your gray matter.” I was saddened to hear of her illness and passing. I am now a public elementary school teacher in MA and I just wanted to express my sympathies and fond memories of Mrs. Jennings!! <3 Debi ( Curtis) Pike

  5. Eileen Lemieux says:

    Jennings Family,

    What can I say to sum up the way I feel? Your mother was my friend, my mentor, my confidante for so many years. She was the reason I enjoyed my job so much. Her humor was infectious.

    She helped me to become a better teacher, and a better mother.She will be so missed…

    My sympathies to all of you,

    Eileen Lemieux

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