November 15, 2017

Myra Ann Zerillo, 75

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Myra Ann Zerillo (Kelly) passed peacefully at the age of 75 at LeRoy Village Green on November 4, 2017 after a long, courageous battle with cancer.

Myra was born on September 21, 1942, in Southampton, to Alfred and Violet Kelly, and grew up in East Hampton with her older brother Terry A. Kelly. She attended college at McGill University in Montreal, Dowling College in Oakdale, and later earned her Master's degree in teaching and anthropology from SUNY Empire State College.

She met her husband Emanuel R. Zerillo at Dowling College and had her only son, E. Phillip Zerillo, in 1963. She was very active in the Civil Rights movement in the '60s, particularly with women's rights.

Zerillo worked for many years as a teacher, and then as a court advocate giving a voice to the voiceless. Eventually she found her way to work at The Retreat in East Hampton, a domestic violence agency serving the East End of Long Island where she directed the women's shelter. She retired from The Retreat in 2009 and relocated to St. Augustine, Florida where she lived for five years before moving to LeRoy, NY to live with her son and his family.

Myra was very dedicated to and proud of her family. Her grandchildren gave her great joy and she marveled at their accomplishments. She was very glad to spend the last three years with her family and be part of their everyday lives.

Zerillo is survived by her former husband, Emanuel R. Zerillo (Hampton Bays, NY), her son E. Phillip Zerillo (Heather A., LeRoy, NY), her six grandchildren: Heather N. Zerillo (New York, NY), Dylan R. Zerillo (Phoenix, AZ), Keara V. Zerillo (LeRoy, NY), Samuel M. Zerillo (LeRoy, NY), Maia R. Zerillo (LeRoy, NY), and William P. Zerillo (LeRoy, NY).

She is also survived by her brother Terry A. Kelly (Jackie, Minnetonka, MN), and nephews Terry R. Kelly (Sheri, Tonka Bay, MN), Douglas Kelly (Stephanie, Eden Prairie, MN), and Dan Kelly (Allison, Excelsior, MN), as well as five great-nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her sister-in-law and very best friend Marguerite Brinton (Zerillo) of Long Island, NY. She is predeceased by her parents Alfred and Violet Kelly (Wood) of East Hampton, NY, her sister-in-law Diane Kelly (late wife of Terry A. Kelly), and brother-in-law Donald Brinton.

Her rite of Christian burial was celebrated November 10 at Our Lady of Mercy in LeRoy. In lieu of flowers, Myra would have preferred a donation be made to your local animal shelter or toward an organization that provides domestic violence services. Arrangements made by Cameron Brady and Steuber Funeral Home, 111 Wolcott Street, LeRoy. To share a memory or leave a condolence please visit,

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