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Rita MacDonald

Rita M. MacDonald (St. Cyr)

December 29, 1939 - September 21, 2019
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Rita M. (St. Cyr) MacDonald, age 79, of Lawrence, formerly of Sandwich and Chelmsford, passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 21, 2019 at Woburn Nursing Center, Woburn, surrounded by her loving family. She was the beloved wife of the late John P. MacDonald with whom she shared 48 years of marriage before his passing in 2013.

She was born in Lowell, MA on December 29, 1939 and was a daughter of the late Almanzor and Marie (Hebert) St. Cyr.

Rita graduated from Lowell High School with the class of 1957. She then moved to Chelmsford and graduated from the Cambridge School of Business in Boston as a secretary. After her marriage, she lived in Framingham before moving to Sandwich in 1990. She worked as a secretary for various companies, most recently the Hebrew Rehabilitation Center, Roslindale, until her retirement 17 years ago. Rita was a talented knitter and enjoyed sewing. She loved living in New England, especially her time spent living on Cape Cod. Rita was well known for her baking, especially her pies. She was a devoted wife and mother to her husband and children.

Rita leaves her daughters; Susanne Johnson and her husband Kurt of Scottsdale, AZ, Catherine MacDonald of Lawrence, and Laura Mahony and her husband Paul of Reading, her grandchildren; Jack and Owen Mahony, her former daughter-in-law Amanda Migneault of Somerset, and her sister-in-law Mary Harris of Belchertown. She also leaves 2 nieces, 2 nephews and their families.

Sadly, Rita is predeceased by her son, Scott MacDonald who passed away in 2014.

Visiting Hours will be held from 4 - 7 PM on Wednesday, in the Blake Chelmsford Funeral Home, 24 Worthen St., Chelmsford. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday at 11 o'clock at St. Mary Parish, 25 North Rd., Chelmsford. KINDLY MEET AT CHURCH. Interment to follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, Chelmsford. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in her name to Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley, Attn: Development Office, 280 Merrimack St., Suite 400, Lawrence, MA 01843 or esmv.org.
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  • Visitation

    September 25, 2019 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    September 25, 2019 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Blake Chelmsford Funeral Home
    24 Worthen Street
    Chelmsford, MA 01824
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  • Mass of Christian Burial

    September 26, 2019 | 11:00am
    September 26, 2019 11:00am
    St. Mary Parish
    25 North Road
    Chelmsford, MA 01824
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  • Interment

    September 26, 2019 | 12:00pm
    September 26, 2019 12:00pm
    Saint Joseph Cemetery
    96 Riverneck Road
    CHELMSFORD, MA 01824
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Amanda MacDonald Migneault

Posted at 09:08am
To everyone -
Mom Mac was my mother-in-law for 18 years and I will miss her dearly. She loved her family! Her happiness stemmed from her family, being a great mom and wife. She took great pride in keeping a household in balance and having the opportunity to be a stay at home mom for many years. Dad Mac, Sue, Cathy, Scott and Laurie always knew they would be coming home from work and school to an awesome five-star dinner! An amazing cook and baker, I loved talking for hours with her about how she made her creations. Those recipes she shared with me, and I cooked some of them for her beloved son Scott, (my then husband, who tragically passed away a few years ago) who always loved her cooking! (They never came out as good of course but I tried!) A master knitter, she made the most beautiful blankets, throws, hats, scarfs and even dog sweaters that I still cherish today. I know she lovingly knitted items for all of her children as she would show me the various projects she was working on each time we met up. I wish we could have seen each other more in recent years but we enjoyed every moment when we were together. Even when she was sick in recent months, she still had a tremendous spirit and sense of humor, a humor and wit, so much that she had the nurses and docs, and the helpers laughing so hard, they were crying! Although I'm deeply saddened by her passing, I'm grateful that she is not suffering anymore.

To Mom Mac -
May you be joyfully reunited with your beloved husband John, and your adoring son, Scott - they truly loved you to the moon and back! May you be at complete peace now. We will take comfort in cherished memories of time spent with you. "Goodnight, and joy be with you"... Love you always, Mandy

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