Mary Elizabeth MacDonald, 87, formerly of Middleton Road, Bristol, RI, passed away peacefully at Dawn Hill Manor on October 1, 2021.
Born in Mount Vernon, and raised in Hartsdale, NY, she was the daughter of the late May (Broderick) and Joseph MacDonald. She is survived by her nephew Gregory MacDonald and his wife Amal of CT; niece Jennifer MacDonald and her husband Tom Peterson of GA; two grand-nieces Lena MacDonald and Zoe Peterson; and grand-nephew Anthony Peterson. She was predeceased by her brother, Robert MacDonald, publisher of the International Herald Tribune, France, and by nephew Michael MacDonald.
After graduating from Good Counsel High School in 1951 she entered the Religious of Divine Compassion, where she devoted herself to the service of the poor and the education of Christian children for 28 years. In 1969 she took a teaching job at Rye Country Day School until she retired in 1989. It was during those years that she and a colleague, Diane Summa, started the associate program for the Daughters of the Holy Spirit. She was the lay director of this group for nine years.
In 1998, she moved to Bristol, RI, where she lived on Middleton Road for 18 years before moving to Franklin Court Assisted Living in Bristol.
Calling hours will be held Wednesday, October 13, 2021, 9:30 – 10:45 AM at St. Mary’s Church, 330 Wood Street, Bristol, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 AM. The Mass will be live streamed at facebook.com/barry.gamache.7
Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to: St. Mary’s Church or to the DHS Associates c/o Development Office, PO Box 497, Putnam, CT 06260.
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St. Mary's Church
330 High Street, Bristol RI 02809
Daughters of the Holy Spirit c/o Development Office
PO Box 497, Putnam CT 06260