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Elizabeth M. "Betty" (McLaughlin) Donnelly, 93, died early Friday morning, December 8, 2017 and went to meet the Big Guy in the sky.
She was born in Portland, Maine on August 5, 1924 and was raised and educated in Hollis Center and Brunswick, Maine, graduating from Brunswick High School in 1941. In 1995, she proudly earned her associate's degree from North Shore Community College.
A Danvers resident since 1955, Betty was employed for several years as a housing coordinator for the Danvers Housing Authority. In retirement, she worked part-time at the Danvers Senior Center until the age of eighty-five. She also volunteered for many years at the former Hospice of the North Shore and had been a communicant of Saint Mary of the Annunciation Church.
Betty loved dancing and her family, and was always glad to put anyone on her prayer list.
She leaves her children, Judith Donnelly of Washington, Michael Donnelly of North Andover, Mark Donnelly and his wife Stacy of Wenham, Joanne Fagan and her husband Douglas of South Carolina, Maura Gatowski and her husband Jan of Michigan, and Mia Shea and her husband Denis of Newburyport, her grandchildren, Emma, Eleanor, Shawn, and Matthew Donnelly, Jason Barnett & Gretchen Jones, Elizabeth Fagan, and Alina and Stephen Gatowski. She was predeceased by an infant son, Jonathan, and her brothers Francis McLaughlin and Thomas and Robert Atkins.
Her Funeral Service will be Sat., Dec. 16, 2017 at noon in C.R. Lyons & Sons Funeral Directors, 28 Elm St., Danvers Square. Relatives and friends are invited. Visitation is prior to the service beginning at 10AM. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations in Betty's name may be made to the Danvers People-to-People Food Pantry, P.O. Box 2076, Danvers, MA 01923. www.LyonsFuneral.com.
Published on December 13, 2017
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