Patsy Ann Nally (April 17, 1941 - December 29, 2022)

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Patsy Ann Nally
  • April 17, 1941
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  • December 29, 2022

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Patsy Ann (Kelly) Nally, 81, of Cape Coral, Florida, gently passed away surrounded by her loved ones on December 29, 2022.

Pat was born in Long Island, New York on April 17, 1941. She grew up in Placentia, California, where she graduated Placentia High School. She attended the (then) College of the Pacific and was an extra in the film High Time with Bing Crosby (1960) when it was filmed on her campus. She obtained her nursing degree from Palm Beach Junior College and began her career and passion for orthopedic nursing. She was a charter member of National Association of Orthopedic Nursing (NAON) and was National Vice President as well as serving on various committees, conducting educational workshops, and being published in the journal Orthopedic Nursing. She was a part of the first certified orthopedic nurses (ONC) and had been a Clare Donahue award recipient.

She enjoyed handcrafts, be it sewing, quilting, knitting or crocheting but she loved ringing hand bells. She began ringing in 1971 and that love led her through the years to ringing not only with her church choirs, but also with community groups. One group, Gold Coast Ringers, appeared with Diane Bish on her Joy of Music program during a European tour.

She married William L. (Larry) Nally in Barrington, Illinois, and had 2 children.

Preceded in death by her parents, Edgar J. and Elizabeth Kelly, her husband Larry, and son William L. (Bill) and brother Michael Kelly. Her brother, Ted Kelly, followed her in death shortly after her passing.

She is survived by her loving daughter Kelly Sue Carlsson and beloved granddaughters, Katherine Shelby Nally, Madison Nicole Nally, Caithlin Carlsson, and Sophia Carlsson.

Funeral services will be held on January 20th at Faith Presbyterian Church, Cape Coral, with graveside services at Boca Raton Cemetery, Boca Raton, Florida, on January 22nd.

Donations may be made to the NAON foundation (, Faith Presbyterian Church music department (, or Tampa General Hospital foundation to the attention of Mechanical Heart and Transplant department (

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  1. Maureen McManus says:
    11 Jan 2023
    I life beautifully lived!

  2. Melanie Jo Bosley says:
    09 Jan 2023
    My deepest sympathy for your loss. I dearly love Patsy and will miss hearing her voice and seeing her beautiful smile. She was an amazing person. I truly enjoyed taking care of her and being part of her life.

  3. Debbie Smalis says:
    08 Jan 2023
    Pat was a wonderful woman.Kelly Sue , you a wonderful daughter and caregiver. Thoughts and prayers with the entire family.

  4. Melissa Villars-Nitsche says:
    07 Jan 2023
    Pat and Larry were my neighbors on 24th street in Boca. They were wonderful human beings. Sending my love and prayers.

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    07 Jan 2023
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  7. Debbie W says:
    06 Jan 2023
    She's ringing those bells in Heaven now! She was so sweet, and very talented - I was lucky enough to be on that tour when we played bells with Diane Bish! It was quite exciting. Rest in Peace

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  10. Jeannette Bejarano says:
    06 Jan 2023
    Pat will be dearly missed. She was truly a remarkable, funny and caring woman. I feel honored to have known her and been involved in her life for the last 6 years. I love Pat and her family, they will always have a place in my heart.

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