MIDDLETON – Attorney Patricia Ellen Donahue, 72, of Middleton, beloved wife of Bryan Craven, died peacefully, Tuesday, May 3rd, 2022 at her home.
Born in Lynn, she was the daughter of the late James and Gladys (Creamer) Donahue. She was raised and educated in Lynn and was a graduate of St. Mary’s Girls High School, Class of 1967. She continued her education at Boston College, graduating in 1971.
Ms. Donahue began her professional career as an educator in the Lynn Public School System. She taught at Breed Junior High and Lynn Tech. She found her true professional calling as an attorney. She earned her Juris Doctorate from New England School of Law and began her professional legal career in the Essex County District Attorney Office as an Assistant District Attorney. Later she founded her own private law practice in Salem on Derby Square, Attorney Patricia Donahue. She focused her practice in Family Law and was well respected throughout the North Shore for her ability and acumen.
Patty was a long-time member of the Massachusetts Bar Association. She enjoyed spending her time in Shapleigh, Maine at her family’s camp, relishing the out of doors. She was an avid gardener and loved to go boating. Above all else family always came first. She never missed a family event and supported her grandchildren in all of their endeavors. She had a passion for dogs and had many canine companions over the years, she loved to host dinners at her house where she prepared gourmet meals and never missed an episode of Law & Order. Family was truly paramount in her life. She will be deeply missed.
Patty is survived by her loving husband of 26 years, Bryan Craven of Middleton, her step children, Jason B. Craven and his wife, Carrie of Denver, CO, Jeremy Craven and his wife, Jennifer Cavallaro of Jacksonville, Fl, Jessica Sullivan and her husband, Zachary of North Andover and Katherine Prall of North Reading, her grandchildren, Marina and Brooke Sullivan, Benjamin and Molly Craven and Aiden and Madeline Prall, her sister, Judith Taylor of Marblehead and several nieces, nephews and extended family. She was the sister of the late Rosalind “Roddy” Watson.
ARRANGEMENTS: Relatives and friends are invited to her funeral service which will be held at O’Donnell Cremations – Funerals – Celebrations, 167 Maple St., (rte 62) DANVERS, Saturday, May 14th at 11:30 A.M. Visiting hours prior to the service from 10 to 11:30 A.M. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Patty’s memory to Dana Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849163, Boston, MA 02284 or at www.dana-farber.org/gift. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visit www.odonnellfuneralservice.com
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