Patricia Ruth Kelliher

Passed 06/16/2021


Patricia Ruth Kelliher

Passed 06/16/2021


Obituary For Patricia Ruth Kelliher

Patricia Ruth Kelliher

Patricia Ruth (Austin) Kelliher, of Rockland, passed away peacefully in her own home, surrounded by the love of her family, on her 71st birthday, June 16th, 2021, after facing a series of health challenges with admirable determination and great courage.

Patricia was the beloved wife of Michael D. Kelliher. Together, they shared 40 years of love and devotion. She was the proud and loving mother of her children: Mikaela Kelliher of Rockland, Michael Kelliher Jr. of Rockland, Charles Kelliher of Rockland and Mary Kelliher of Sanford, Maine.

She was the cherished sister of Judith Austin (and her late husband, Edward) of Boston and Deborah (Austin) Newhall and her husband, John, of Kingston.

Patricia also leaves behind many dear brother and sister-in- laws: Janice Kelliher Austin of Rockland, Richard and Karen Kelliher of Bow, N.H, Daniel and Patricia Kelliher of Kingston, David and Judith Kelliher of Taunton, Dean and Elin Kelliher of West Bridgewater, Donald and Patricia Kelliher of Rockland and Leo and Susan Kelliher of Pembroke.

Patricia was the daughter of the late Charles and Ruth (Turner) Austin and was raised in Rockland, where she continued to reside most of her life. Patricia's path as a lifelong learner began in Rockland. Following graduation from Rockland High School, where she was involved in many aspects of school life: class officer, National Honor Society member and cheerleading to name a few, she attended and graduated from the University of New Hampshire. Her educational pursuits continued to the Universities of New Mexico and Connecticut, earning her Masters of Education degree, with varying certifications and leading to a teaching career. More recently, she was a dedicated 15 year Walmart employee.

She was very passionate and involved in the family's parish, Holy Family Church, from the many activities and committees on which she served while her children attended grade school at Holy Family School, to participating in regular bible studies and serving as a Eucharistic minister. During the years her children attended Cardinal Spellman High School, Patricia was active in the P.T.A. and volunteered frequently. It pleased her to listen to the rosary on tape or cd as she did her housework. She was dedicated to the church and living a life enriched by her faith. She was very involved in the Friends of the Unborn and participated in the Walk for Life in Washington, DC. She enjoyed collecting recipes and cooking, reading a wide variety of literature, listening to and creating music, whether it be singing or playing her piano or guitar. She continued her family's passion and appreciation of gardening and flowers, which she passed on to her children, especially beautiful pink peonies and blue hydrangeas. Patricia also found pleasure through many of the creative arts, including quilting by hand and knitting. She stayed connected with her numerous friendships she formed along life's journey. She will be loved and missed by many.

Patricia's greatest source of pride and joy was her loving family and the countless memorable times spent together: regular family camping trips and family get aways, special time spent at her family's Humarock cottage, yearly trips to the home of a longtime family friend at Pitchwood Island on Lake Winnipesaukee, watching movies, the special traditions of Thanksgivings and Christmases spent with her sisters and their families and the lively Kelliher family gatherings. If Patricia was with Mike and her children, she was "incandescently happy".

The family invites friends and loved ones to the Magoun-Biggins Funeral Home, located at 135 Union Street in Rockland on Sunday, June 27th from 4-7 p.m. A funeral mass will be held on Monday, June 28th at Holy Family Church in Rockland at 9:00 a.m. Burial will follow at Holy Family Cemetery in Rockland.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made, in memory of Patricia Kelliher, to Dana Farber Cancer Institute to support cancer research and patient care at:

Dana Farber Cancer Institute, PO Box #849168, Boston, MA. 02284 or via


Friends of the Unborn, PO Box #692246, Quincy, MA. 02269-2246 or via

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  • 07/19/2021

    I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your Mother and Wife. Pat was my roommate in Scott Hall at UNH. We had some wonderful, fun times during our time living together. We went our separate way as, studies, careers, marriages, kids all came into our lives and life got busy. I was so happy to hear from Pat last year as she reached out to me on Facebook and my biggest disappointment was COVID and little opportunities to get together. She was such a kind, caring, funny and giving person. The memories I have are very dear to me. I am so sorry for your loss. With my deepest sympathy.

  • 06/29/2021

    Praying for strength for you and your family during this time.. we were very sorry to hear of your loss.

  • 06/28/2021

    Patty and I first met when we were six years old and remained close friends during grade school, junior and high school years. We shared laughter, tears, hopes and dreams. Patty supported me during the dreaded 7th grade home ec class when it became clear that the culinary arts were not to be part of my future. She finished sewing her apron; I did not. Patty and her family will always be in my thoughts and prayers. - Pam Gandin Ankuda

  • 06/28/2021

    Trish and I were cheerleaders together and were with her in New Mexico and spent time together when we back in Rockland area. She was always such a bright light with a generous spirit. My thoughts are with Kelliher and Austin families. There really are no words. Keep reaching out to each other as that could make all the difference. Give yourself the grace to grieve however you must.

  • 06/27/2021

    Mike and family, my sincerest condolences for your loss. I'll always remember Patty as a caring, friendly, girl wiho always had a smile. Don Hussey, Punta Gorda Fl.

  • 06/26/2021

    Mike and family. John and I are so very sorry for the loss of Trish. She was a close friend of my sister, Marsha, and such a beautiful person! Sending Prayers and Hugs! Beverly Fader DiGregorio.

  • 06/24/2021

    Patty, Pat, Trish - and I were very close through junior high and high school. We climbed trees and giggled and told each other of our crushes. In high school, we vowed to say nothing bad about another person. Believe it or not, we stuck to it. She was one of the nicest people I ever knew. Wishing peace for her and her loving family.

  • 06/24/2021

    Patty and I were great friends in high school sharing a lot of the same friends and interests. We practiced for cheerleading tryouts but she was very good at all of the flips but I never could do a cartwheel. She was a wonderful friend; my deepest sympathies. Nancy Richards Byron

  • 06/24/2021

    Wishing Patricia's family, friends, and children peace and comfort during this very difficult time. Your love for Patricia will never fade, and she'll always be with you.

  • 06/23/2021

    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Tricia. Her vibrant friendly personality lit up Crescent Street! She would always call out to my mother passing by walking home from school. Bob Baker

  • 06/23/2021

    We all share in your sadness and hope you feel surrounded by much love. We wish the Kelliher family comfort during this loss of someone so close. Our family is keeping you all embraced in our hearts. Her four children are a legacy she has left to us and we are grateful for this blessing. With deepest sympathy, The Bartlett's, David, Sally & Abram

  • 06/23/2021

    My condolences to the Austin and Kelliher family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. May Patricia Rest In Peace.

  • 06/23/2021

    Sending love and prayers to all the Kelliher family during this very difficult time. I remember her so well as our boys went to elementary school together and enjoyed many sleepovers between our homes. Favorite was playing pool at the the Kelliher! Everyone was welcome and everyone was loved. God bless you Mrs Kelliher as you travel home. Much love, Mrs Pendexter

  • 06/23/2021

    I was sorry to hear of the passing of Tricia. We grew up together on Crescent Street. I went to express my condolences to her husband and children, and to Judy, Deb, and John. So sad to lose another neighbor and friend.

  • 06/23/2021

    Remember her so well.from my youth. A beautiful person inside and out. Big sister to my dear friend Debby. My condolences to her family and may she rest in ever lasting peace.

  • 06/23/2021

    Mike and family - so sorry for your loss.

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