Judith Kells

Judith Day Kells

1944 - 2021

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Obituary of Judith Day Kells

Judith Day Kells, 76, formerly of Ivoryton, CT passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 21, 2021 surrounded by her children after a courageous battle with cancer at her home in Essex Meadows. A remarkable lady with a big heart, she was born in New Haven, the daughter of Rosella and Lawrence Day. Judy grew up in a house built by her dad in Madison, CT near the beach, which spurred her love of the beach, collecting shells and boating. Judy’s passion was teaching, being an active member in her community and church as well as being an independent entrepreneur. She was a passionate preschool teacher who later opened Swim Safe out of her home pool in Chester and then Ivoryton. Over many summers, she taught both children and adults to swim. Judy always had a photographer’s eye behind the camera and enjoyed taking pictures of her seventeen grandchildren, neighbors and friends in her home studio and in nature. Often, she was credited with photos published in the Main Street News. She was beloved wife of Kenneth W. Kells for 25 years. They joined families in marriage in 1984; Ken with three children and Judy with four. Together, the nine of them enjoyed many family trips to Vermont for skiing, maple sugaring and helping with Ken’s families’ farm. Judy and Ken loved to travel but made sure they were home in CT every summer to nurture their grandchildren in what was known as “Camp Kells”. Judy loved to have her grandchildren around her and lit up each time one of them called, mailed or showed up at her door. She is predeceased by her husband, Kenneth W. Kells. Judy is survived by her two brothers, Job and William Day as well as her children, Todd Franssen of Long Beach, CA, Kevin and Emily Franssen of Trinity, Fl, Bradley Franssen of North Conway, NH, Noelle Franssen of Manchester, NH, Kenny and Angela Kells of Phoenix AZ, Dawn and Roy Meshel of Paradise Valley, AZ and Reid Kells of Portland, OR. The public is invited to attend her visitation from 5pm to 7pm on Monday, September 27th at the Robinson, Wright & Weymer Funeral Home, 34 Main Street in Centerbrook, CT. A Celebration of Life Service for the public will be held at The First Congregational Church of Essex, 6 Methodist Hill, in Essex, CT on Tuesday, September 28th at 11 am. Burial will be privately held by Judy’s close family following the Celebration of Life Service at Riverview Cemetery. To share a memory of Judy or send a condolence to her family please visit www.rwwfh.com


5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Monday, September 27, 2021
Robinson, Wright & Weymer Funeral Home
34 Main Street
Centerbrook, Connecticut, United States

Celebration of Life Service

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Tuesday, September 28, 2021
First Congregational Church of Essex
6 Methodist Hill
Essex, Connecticut, United States


Privately held by the family in Riverview Cemetery in Essex.