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Donna A. Martel

October 10, 2017
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Donna Anne Riley Martel

     July 21, 1938-October 10, 2017. 79 years old passed peacefully surrounded by family. Donna was the Loving Daughter of the late Thomas F. and Anna J. Riley of Medford. The Loving Twin Sister to Claire Riley and Julian Lynch of Beverly Farms, Loving Mother of John T. and Anne Graham of Brockton, Patricia A. Murphy of Bradford, Patrick A. and Kerri Martel of Wesley Chapel, FL. The Loving Grandmother of Jennifer L. and Paul Coughlin of Westfield, Joshua T. and Heather Graham of Morrison, TN.,Colin Murphy of Bradford, Meghan and Emily Martel of Wesley Chapel, FL. Loving Great grandmother to Riley , Parker, Layton, Coughlin of Wesfield.,Taylor, Joshua Dana of Morrison,TN., Lillian Coman of Peabody and her life-long friends Louise and Dwight Wahr of Hingham.

     Donna spent time working at M.I.T. in the Earth and Planetary Sciences Dept. Then moved onto Teradyne where she finished up her career and retired in 2000. Donna did what it took to keep a roof over her children’s heads as a single parent of three. She was very well known as “The Avon Lady” around the old neighborhood and provided for her family any way possible doing anything from delivering Bargain hunters guides to stuffing envelopes.

     Donna’s unwavering faith in God, empowered her family to continue and flourish. And she will be dearly missed by all.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend funeral service at the Gaffey Funeral Home, 43 High St., Medford, MA 02155 on Friday, October 27, 2017, 12 – 2 p.m. followed by burial at Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford, MA.

In lieu of flowers, donation may be made to Homehealthfoundation.org (Merrimack Valley Hospice 360 Merrimack St. Bldg 9
Lawrence, MA 01843)
 


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