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My deepest sympathies and condolences to Mrs. Donnelly’s family and friends. I never met Mrs Donnelly, however knowing Susan her mom must have been an incredible person. I know Susan as a friend and co-worker and she loved her mom and dad, and spent most her time in FL to be with both of them. I’m glad Susan was there to be with her mother at her passing. My prayers and thoughts are with the family as you remember your mom and her legacy of love. God bless all of you.
Barbara came to visit our mom quite regularly and we made sure she always had some sort of crystal glass to sip her favorite beverage at 130 Pearl St. She sat with our mother and talked and talked!
I am Sandy, Susan’s friend for many years. So very sorry for the family’s loss. Susan loved her mom and dad so very much. She always sent pictures to us and told us wonderful stories of them and the family. Love you so much Susan, she will always be your guardian angel.
I had some of the best times here in the Woodlands with my dear friend Barbara. We laughed everyday. I have missed her since she left Clinton and will miss her even more now knowing we can't chat on the phone. RIP my sweet friend
Willow buker ( great granddaughter)
She was always very happy to have me and my sister come over when we were little. We would always sit at the fake fireplace and then we would make them cookies. She would sometimes call us her little bakers.
Although, I never had the opportunity to meet this wonderful woman in person, my neighbor, & best friend, whom I think of as sister, Susan Wright, told me many beautiful stories about her mom. All of her children loved her dearly, as she loved them. Susan spent most of her time down in FL to be with her mom after the death of her father. Susan was a great companion to her dear mother. She was there with her holding her hand as she took her last breath. It gives me great comfort knowing she had a beautiful, peaceful end thanks to all of her children. You are all in our in my thoughts & prayers. My husband Dan also sends his condolences. God bless all of you!
Michael B. O’Malley
Aunt Barbara was my Godmother. She never failed at Christmas to buy me pants and a shirt. She was a wonderful Aunt and I’ll always remember her sessions with my Mom in the living room. Manhattan’s and beer Great crac. The sessions continued in Florida.Those two were so tight.
Barbara B. Donnelly
Barbara B. Donnelly, 95, the Matriarch of the Donnelly family, passed away peacefully on February 8th. surrounded by the love of her family. Barbara was born on May 3rd, 1927, to the late Wilfred and Mary Floyd and was raised in Lancaster, MA.
Barbara was blessed with a large and loving family. She married her best friend and the love of her life, John J. Donnelly on June 25, 1947. They celebrated over 70 years of marriage before he passed away in May of 2020. Together they raised their six beautiful daughters and beloved son in a charming home in Clinton, MA; a home where endless memories were created, with the sounds of her favorite music playing throughout the day. At retirement, they purchased a home in Winter Haven, FL to escape the bitter New England winters and start new family traditions.
Barbara loved shopping with “her girls” and had the utmost fashion sense. She was considered one of the “sisters” and everywhere she went, people turned their heads to look at her. Barbara was so proud of her youngest and only son, Sean for his service to our country and his career in the U.S. Department of Defense.
Barbara and John moved to Fernandina Beach, FL to be with their daughters prior to John’s passing. She had a fierce sense of self-reliance and was proud of being able to live independently into her mid 90’s. Having an active retirement life, biking, walking, and spending time with her children, was a true testament to her health and longevity.
Barbara leaves behind her seven children; daughters; Patricia Johnson, Kathleen Ditullio, Maureen Abramson, Susan Wright, Pamela Guyette, Paula Bryson, and son; John (Sean) Donnelly Jr. Her growing family also included 14 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren, one great, great granddaughter and several nieces and nephews. Barbara also leaves behind her sister-in-law, Mimi Donnelly, close family friends, Daria Janda and Kathy Morrison, who provided great care and love for her, as well as her dearest friends Ellen Salmon and Mary Ellen Winkelman from her hometown, Clinton, MA
A memorial mass will be celebrated at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in March, 2023. Donations may be made in her memory to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation or the American Cancer Society.