1966 – 2021
Dayville – Kelly (St. Denis) Plante, formerly of Thompson and Worcester, MA, passed away peacefully on January 18th, 2021 at Davis Place in Danielson, CT after a long period of declining health due to Frontotemporal Dementia, and complications from Covid-19. Kelly was born in Barnstable, MA, the daughter of Maureen (Spayne) St. Denis. She was raised with her grandparents, Mildred and Joseph Spayne, in Worcester, with whom she was very close. Kelly graduated from Tourtellotte Memorial High School in 1984, and from Worcester State University with a bachelor’s degree in Biology in 1988. Kelly worked as a microbiologist for National Patent Medical and US Cosmetics Corp. in Dayville for many years, before moving on to Day Kimball Homemakers in Putnam, CT, where she finished her career there as Finance Manager in 2014. Shortly afterwards, her worsening symptoms made working difficult and she was diagnosed with Primary Progressive Aphasia/ Frontotemporal Dementia in 2017.
Kelly leaves behind her husband of 32 years, Gregory, of Dayville; her daughter, Emily (Plante) Kingston and her husband William of Lillington, NC; her two grandchildren, Liam and Eleanor Kingston; and her son, Jacob of Boston, MA. Kelly also leaves her sister, Jean St. Denis of Worcester, MA and her brother John St. Denis and his wife Jennifer of Griswold, CT. She also leaves behind the Wray cousins, whom she considered her siblings: Jennifer (Wray) Bombard and her husband Jason of Barnstable, MA, Pamela (Wray) Maccio and her husband Domenic of Woolwich, ME, Denise (Wray) Morgan and her husband Rob of West Brookfield, MA, and Scott Wray and his wife Lauren of West Brookfield, MA. She leaves two maternal aunts, with whom she was very close, Cynthia Wray of West Brookfield, MA and Eileen Doreika and her husband Leo of Bar Harbor, ME, and her cousins Heidi Lawson and Eric Doreika, also of Maine. She also leaves her father and mother-in law, Maurice and Pauline Plante of Worcester; a brother-in-law, Michael Plante, of Phoenix, AZ; and her brother and sister-in-law Jeffrey and Nancy Plante of Holden, MA, who were dedicated to helping care for her as she declined and visited her often at Davis Place. Kelly was predeceased by her grandparents, Joseph and Mildred Spayne, her stepfather Leo St. Denis, her sister-in-law Lisa St. Martin and her uncle, David Wray.
Kelly was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She always placed her family first, loved the beach and a good margarita, and her daily evening walks with Greg. The few lines written here could never sum up who she was and how much she was loved. She will be missed deeply and never forgotten.
Donations in her name can be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
At her direction, there will be no calling hours or services. She requested we throw a party in celebration of her life, where we remember her happy and healthy. The date will be announced at a later time.
She left this quote for us…“I’m off on another adventure. I have had a wonderful time, but now it is time for me to go. I will miss you and I will see you on the other side.” For memorial guestbook, please visit www.GilmanandValade.com.