April 29, 1975 - Nov. 2, 2016
The former Kelly Rae Gallivan graduated from Mount Mercy Academy and Erie Community College, and worked for Ellicott Development before focusing on raising her children.
Nicknamed “Rae of Sunshine” as a child, she was known for lighting up gatherings with her feisty and funny nature. Her loyalty earned longtime friendships, bringing more bridesmaids dresses than her closet could fit. It also earned her a founding seat on the board of the Spinal Muscular Atrophy Research Team (SMART), a group of friends and family dedicated to funding biomedical research that is aimed at finding a cure for SMA and other neuromuscular diseases.
Formed in 2006 and formalized as a nonprofit organization in 2009, SMART has raised nearly $1 million for the sole purpose of funding SMA research, in the process expanding from Buffalo to New York City and Charlotte. Kelly committed herself to the cause out of loyalty to friends whom she felt wouldn’t themselves ask for help.
Survivors include her husband, Thomas Hathaway; three children, Kayla Leonard, Christian and Natalie; her parents, Sheila and Donald Gallivan; a sister, Molly Gallivan; four brothers, Michael, John, Tim and Matt Gallivan; and one granddaughter.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11:15 a.m. Monday in St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church, 1140 Abbott Road.