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DANVERS- Carmen (Paynotta) MacDonald, 97, wife of the late Neil J. MacDonald, passed peacefully at Twin Oaks Center in Danvers where she resided for the last four years. Carmen was born in Gloucester November 2, 1920 to Joseph and Mayme (Phillips) Paynotta. During WWII while Carmen's husband, Neil, was stationed at Camp Parks in California, she worked at the Caterpillar plant in California making many life-long friends and returned to Gloucester to raise her family.
She was devoted to her husband, with whom she shared 55 years of marriage until his death in 1996, and her family. With a generous spirit and kind heart, she loved her yard and garden, spending much of her time tending her flowers and winning several awards. In the summer she spent many days at the beach with her children and grandchildren.
She is survived by her loving daughter, Kathy (MacDonald) Carter and her husband, Donald of Hamilton; grandchildren, Scott MacDonald and his wife, Holly, Stacey Murray, Devin Trabucco and her husband, Christopher and Quinn Rami and her husband, Red; great-grandchildren, Ryan, Tyler, Joshua, Kylee, Kazandra, Cameron, Paige, Carter, Dylan, Ayla and Rowan. She is also survived by her sister Mildred Tyler of Tennessee and many nieces and nephews and their families. In addition to her parents, Carmen was predeceased by her son, James A. MacDonald of Hampton, N.H.; her sisters, Theresa Paynotta, Isabelle Tarr, Nadine Riddle, Doris Jean Bradford; and her brothers, John, Anthony and Joseph Paynotta.
A service will be held in the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington Street in Gloucester, on Friday, January 5 at 2 p.m. Family and friends are cordially invited. Burial will be private and at a later date. There are no visiting hours. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, MA/NH Chapter, 309 Waverly Oaks Rd., Waltham, MA 02452 or to a charity of your choice. Online condolences may be given at: www.greelyfuneralhome.com.
Published on January 2, 2018
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