Cartwright Funeral Homes


DONNELLAN, Carol A., of Holbrook, passed away on November 30, 2022 after a brief
Illness and brave fight, at the age of 82.

Born in Quincy, MA, on January 16, 1940, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Mary (Rogantino) Murphy. She was the wife of the late Francis W. Donnellan.

She was the loving stepmother to ROBERT DONNELLAN and his wife, DONNA DONNELLAN of Norwood, FRANCIS DONNELLAN and his wife, KIM DONNELLAN of Hull, and the late TERESA DONNELLAN of West Roxbury, MA; the cherished step-grandmother of Gregory Donnellan, Matthew Donnellan, Laura (Donnellan) Melhem, Daniel Donnellan, Kristin Donnellan, Christopher Davey and Sarah Davey; the loving aunt of KERRI LYONS and her husband, RICHARD LYONS, of Hanson, DEANA GRANT of Hanover, and JOHN (DEREK) GRANT of Hanover; she was the loving great-aunt of Molly Lyons of Hanson and Maranda Grant of Jacksonville, FL; and the dear sister to Thomas Murphy of Hanson, and the late Gertrude (Trudi) Grant. She is also survived by 3 great-step grandchildren: Nathaniel Donnellan, William Davey and McKenna Melhem.

Carol’s love of family was evident in all the entertaining she did through the years, from the many pool parties at their house in Holbrook to the annual Christmas party with family and friends, bringing out the “12 Days of Christmas” singing event that all guests enjoyed.

Carol used to enjoy going camping at Maple Park with Bob, Frankie, Teresa and numerous nieces, nephews, and in-laws. She enjoyed setting up movies in the backyard for everyone to watch. Many will remember the summers spent at her house in the pool with her nieces, Kerri and Deana, and nephew, Derek, stepchildren and other nieces and nephews. Carol’s love of games, especially cribbage, backgammon, left-right-center and card games kept her entertained with family and friends. Spending time at the Golden Pacific with her friends was a pastime she enjoyed.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend visiting hours on Tuesday, December 6, 2022, from 9:00 – 11:00 AM in the Cartwright Funeral Home, 69 S. Franklin Street, Holbrook. Interment to follow at Blue Hill Cemetery (Braintree) immediately following the service.

All are invited to a bereavement reception in Carol’s memory at the Golden Pacific (her favorite “hangout place” with her friends), at 470 N. Franklin St., Holbrook.

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