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Nancy A. (O’Connell) McDonald
  • September 16, 1939
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  • October 25, 2018

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Nancy A. (O’Connell) McDonald, 79 of The Villages, FL passed away October, 25, 2018 at Ocala Regional Hospital. She is survived by her husband of 59 years, William (Bill) McDonald, her daughters Colleen O’Clair, Pamela McCabe and her husband Douglas, Joanne McDonald,  her son Brian McDonald and his wife Paula. Nancy also leaves behind 9 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

Nancy was born in Dighton, MA, September 16, 1939. She grew up in Attleboro, MA.  Her passions included music, reading, and Nursing. She always reminisced about her singing in her high school a-cappella chorus, and how much joy it brought to her.

Nancy spent several years caring for others as a home health aid specializing in hospice care. She was able to genuinely connect with her patients and help them through their last days, by making them feel comforted and loved.

Nancy’s greatest joy was her children, and in her later years her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She gave her family the gift of music, and compassion for others. She will be missed immensely.


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  1. John & Myrtle Gilgallon lit a candle:
    30 Oct 2018
    Lit since October 30, 2018 at 10:33:05 PM

  2. John & Myrtle Gilgallon says:
    30 Oct 2018
    Bill, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in this time of sorrow.

  3. Gary silver says:
    30 Oct 2018
    Grace and Gary Silver-truly sorry to hear about Nancy .Our thoughts are with you

  4. Jack & Joann Powers lit a candle:
    30 Oct 2018
    Lit since October 30, 2018 at 10:53:22 PM

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    30 Oct 2018
    Lit since October 30, 2018 at 10:52:11 PM

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    30 Oct 2018
    Lit since October 30, 2018 at 10:46:33 PM

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    30 Oct 2018
    Lit since October 30, 2018 at 10:18:04 AM

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    30 Oct 2018
    Lit since October 30, 2018 at 10:37:09 AM

  9. Barbara Mahoney says:
    30 Oct 2018
    L will miss you , dear friend. We had many fun times together. Love, Barb

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    30 Oct 2018
    Lit since October 30, 2018 at 10:23:23 AM

  11. Colleen lit a candle:
    29 Oct 2018
    Lit since October 29, 2018 at 10:37:31 PM

  12. Brian McDonald lit a candle:
    29 Oct 2018
    Lit since October 29, 2018 at 10:35:14 PM

  13. Brian McDonald posted an image:
    29 Oct 2018
    I will miss you Mom.
    I will miss you Mom.

  14. Michael & Nicole Chiasson lit a candle:
    29 Oct 2018
    Lit since October 29, 2018 at 10:45:06 AM

  15. Laureen Kessloff says:
    28 Oct 2018
    Life is a precious gift. If we are fortunate, we meet good people along the way. Mrs. McDonald aka Joanne's mom, was one of those people. I met Mrs. McDonald when I was approximately 8 yo. I had no idea what a profound impact she had on my life until many years later.
    I was one of the lucky ones who got to share so many sit down meals at the McDonald home. Mrs McDonald would always treat me with kindness, sincerity and regardless of her rules, she was a genuine woman, the kind you don't see much of today. She was classy, traditional, yet so much fun. She always wanted everyone to get involved doing something fun.
    Which brings me to the beloved memory of Mr. and Mrs. McDonald convincing my rather gullible self, (In my defense, I was 8yo) that they had a pet fire breathing dragon living in their basement. If you can picture a scene out of the Christmas story, that was us. Every week or so it seemed, we would all be sitting for dinner and I would hear that sound down in the basement, Mrs. McDonald, with her extremely convincing face, would tell me stories about the dragon, along with Mr. McDonald, as I sat there in awe, thinking these are the coolest people ever, Mrs McDonald would prepare the leftovers for me to give to the dragon at the top of the stairs but for my safety, I was never allowed downstairs. This of course was the topic for many fun conversations for years to come.
    Whenever I was at her home, I was family. She never forgot to include me in anything, whether it was a coat for going outside, a snack, a movie, Christmas, it didn't matter and when I saw her 20 years later, she greeted me with the same kindness, the same genuine love that she had for me as a child. I can honestly say, I will have a little hole in my heart knowing she is no longer here among us but I feel so very fortunate to have known her. And to add one more thing, she talked me into eating her fresh caught fish that she battered and cooked. I never liked to eat fish. But I decided to trust her and it was the absolute BEST!! Nothing compares to her touch, I have not eaten fish since, I have tried but nothing came close. Thank YOU Mrs. McDonald for giving me so many wonderful childhood memories; there are so many, I could be writing all night. So I will end this with saying, "OMG there is a bear in the bushes", until we meet again. Love you very much. Laureen

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    28 Oct 2018
    Lit since October 28, 2018 at 10:27:41 PM

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    28 Oct 2018
    Lit since October 28, 2018 at 10:15:16 PM

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    28 Oct 2018
    Lit since October 28, 2018 at 10:01:03 PM

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    28 Oct 2018
    Lit since October 28, 2018 at 10:57:51 PM

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    28 Oct 2018
    2016
    2016

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    28 Oct 2018
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    28 Oct 2018
    Lit since October 28, 2018 at 10:48:44 AM

  24. Pam lit a candle:
    28 Oct 2018
    Lit since October 28, 2018 at 10:43:08 AM

  25. Temple Fiergola lit a candle:
    28 Oct 2018
    Lit since October 28, 2018 at 10:18:54 AM

  26. Pam says:
    28 Oct 2018
    Rest easy Mom. I miss you so much

  27. Joanne lit a candle:
    28 Oct 2018
    Lit since October 28, 2018 at 10:27:20 AM

  28. Joanne posted an image:
    27 Oct 2018
    My Mother<br />
My Maid of Honor<br />
My heart is heavy<br />
I am so thankful to have had you as my mom.  I’ll miss you and I’ll see you when it’s time for me to get my wings.
    My Mother
    My Maid of Honor
    My heart is heavy
    I am so thankful to have had you as my mom. I’ll miss you and I’ll see you when it’s time for me to get my wings.

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