Helen I. Kelly, 94, formerly of Darien, died Tuesday, Dec. 21 at St. James Plaza Nursing Home in St. James, N.Y., where she resided for the past year. She had been a resident of Darien for more than 50 years and an active member of St. Thomas More parish, AARP and the Darien Senior Center.

Born Helen Chanda on Dec. 2, 1916, in New York City, Mrs. Kelly was the daughter of the late Mary Sefcik Chanda and John Chanda, and was predeceased by her nine siblings.

Before retiring, Mrs. Kelly worked as an executive secretary for many years, most recently for ITT and St. Joseph Hospital in Stamford. A devoted mother and grandmother, Helen is survived by her daughter Patricia and granddaughter Jessica of Stony Brook, N.Y.

The family received friends at the Edward Lawrence Funeral Home. in Darien Wednesday, Dec. 29. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Thursday, Dec. 30 at St. Thomas More Church in Darien. Burial was in St. John's Cemetery on Hoyt St. in Darien.