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Sidney Schonfeld spacee Cynthia Arden Brown Kelly

Longtime Belvedere Lagoon resident Cynthia Arden Brown Kelly, member of a California political dynasty, died March 29 at the University of California at San Francisco Medical Center after a brief illness. She was 81.
Mrs. Kelly was the daughter of the late California Gov. Edmund G. "Pat" Brown and his wife, Bernice, and the sister of sitting Gov. Edmund G. "Jerry" Brown Jr. and former State Treasurer Kathleen Brown, who ran for governor herself in 1994.

Although interested in politics, Mrs. Kelly never ran for office, but she campaigned energetically for her father and siblings. Her daughter Kathleen A. Kelly is a San Francisco Superior Court judge.
When Mrs. Kelly turned 80 on Oct. 19, 2013, Gov. Brown pronounced the day Cynthia Brown Kelly Day in California.

A third-generation Californian, she grew up in San Francisco, the second of four children. Mrs. Kelly attended West Portal Elementary School and Convent of the Sacred Heart, but she graduated from high school with all her childhood friends at Star of the Sea Academy in the Inner Richmond district. She earned a bachelor's degree in education and her teaching credential from San Jose State University.

She and her husband, Joseph Ignatius Kelly, were married in 1957. She taught public school in Daly City until her first child arrived. She took continuing education classes at the University of San Francisco and Stanford University.

In 1959, Mrs. Kelly and her young family moved into the Forest Hill house in which she grew up after Pat Brown was elected governor and left for Sacramento. Mrs. Kelly and her husband raised their children there.
The Kellys bought a house on the Belvedere Lagoon in 1980, and she often came out to escape the fog. She swam in the lagoon every day that weather permitted, her daughter said.

"She loved her home in Belvedere," said daughter Kathleen. "She made wonderful friends and loved her view of Mount Tam."

Mrs. Kelly attended church at St. Hilary Catholic Parish in Tiburon and took great pleasure in entertaining and hosting big family gatherings, particularly at the family's San Francisco home. She loved to dance and was an avid tennis player.

Mrs. Kelly served on the board of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and on the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art's Modern Art Council. She joined the Belvedere-Tiburon Auxiliary of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and served on the board of the Foundation of San Francisco City College and Heritage House.

In addition to daughter Kathleen, Mrs. Kelly is survived by her husband of 58 years, Joe Kelly; four children, Joseph Kelly Jr., Carol Clark, Patricia Carlin and Cynny Sheehan, all of San Francisco; her brother, Gov. Jerry Brown of Oakland; two sisters, Kathleen Brown of Los Angeles and Barbara Casey of Sacramento; 11 grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial Mass was held at St. Cecilia Catholic Church in San Francisco on April 6 and burial was at Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma. Donations in her memory may be sent to UCSF Foundation, P.O. Box 45339, San Francisco, CA 94145-0339.

(Published April 8, 2015)

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