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Anna E. Donoghue (Harrington)
December 24, 2023 (age 93) 93 Years Old
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Visiting hours at the Alfred D. Thomas Funeral Home 326 Granite Ave Milton Tuesday, January 2nd from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. Funeral Mass at St. Elizabeth’s Parish on Wednesday January 3rd at 10am. Burial Milton Cemetery. Please, in lieu of flowers, make donations to the Milton Fireman’s Relief association, 515 Canton Ave, Milton.
Anna E. Donoghue (Harrington), affectionately known as Ann, passed away peacefully on December 24, 2023, in Milton, MA. Born in 1930, in Boston, MA, Ann's life was a rich tapestry of devotion to family, service to community, and an unwavering faith that guided her every step.
Ann was the cherished daughter of the late Paul T. Harrington and Mary Claire (Troy). She found her lifelong partner in the late Francis X. "Hap" Donoghue. Their love story began in St. Gregory's Church in Dorchester, where they married on October 8, 1950. Together, they built a life filled with love and laughter until Hap's passing in 2007.
A loving mother, Ann leaves behind a legacy of warmth and strength in her children: Claire Finn and her late husband James of Milton, Francis X and his late wife Katherine (Kendall) of Georgetown, MA, Ellen O'Toole and her husband Michael of Milton, Susan Koberski and her husband Teddy of Quincy, and she was predeceased by her daughter Nancy Doocey and her late husband Robert of Franklin, MA. She was a sister to the late Paul Harrington, Kevin Harrington, Barbara Callow, Ellen Jensen, Peggy (Margaret) Davis, Carol Collins, and Veronica Bouffard.
Ann's joy was multiplied as a loving "Gram" to Jim, Cory, Andrew, Maura, Theresa, and Caitlin, and as a doting "Gigi" to Molly, Lincoln, Natalie, Patrick, and Charlie. Her nurturing spirit extended to her many nieces, nephews, and a multitude of friends who were all touched by her generous heart.
Ann's professional life was marked by her 23 years of dedicated service with FEMA as a Secretary Administrator to the Regional Director in the Region 1 Office in Boston, MA. She played an integral role during the Blizzard of 1978 and traveled globally, aiding in disaster response efforts as far as Guam. Her exceptional abilities in organizing personnel and reservists for worldwide disaster relief showcased her selfless nature and unwavering commitment to aiding those in need.
A graduate of St. Gregory School in Dorchester, Ann's education formed the foundation of her lifelong commitment to her faith and community. She served as a Eucharistic Minister for St. Elizabeth's Church and shared her faith with the younger generation by teaching CCD for over a decade. Her faith-filled life was an inspiration to all who knew her.
Ann's interests reflected the breadth of her loving personality. Her garden was a testament to her care and attention to beauty, while her love for the beach signified her appreciation for nature's serenity. An avid reader until the end, Ann's thirst for knowledge was matched only by her joy in sharing stories with her beloved family and friends. She spent almost 20 years in Fuller Village where she met so many wonderful friends and made many wonderful memories.
Ann's life was a portrait of love and selflessness. Her faith-filled spirit was a beacon of light to all who had the privilege of knowing her. She will be remembered as a pillar of strength, a haven of warmth, and a true embodiment of love.
As we bid farewell to Ann, we celebrate a life beautifully lived and a legacy that will continue to flourish in the hearts of those she touched. Her memory will forever be cherished, and her spirit will live on as a guiding force of love and devotion. Ann E. Donoghue will be deeply missed but never forgotten.