Paula V. (Donovan) MacLellan RN of Westford

1934 - 2017


January 4, 2017
3 PM - 7 PM
Dolan Funeral Home


January 5, 2017
11 AM
Dolan Funeral Home

Paula V. (Donovan) MacLellan RN, 82, of Westford, MA died Sunday
January 1, 2017 at Lahey Hospital surrounded by her family.
She was married to the late Roderick MacLellan Sr., who died in 2011.
Born in Arlington, she was the daughter of the late Winthrop J. and
Margaret (Quin) Donovan. She graduated from Holy Cross Academy in
Brookline, with the class of 1952, and Catholic University of
Washington, DC with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing. Paula had a zest for life that led her on many adventures.
She was a registered nurse and worked in many places around the
country. She retired from the Oncology Clinic at Saints Memorial
Hospital in Lowell. In her earlier years she was a nursing instructor at Lawrence Memorial Hosp. School of Nursing.
Paula was a devout Catholic living her religious values. After high school, she joined the order of the Sisters of the Holy Cross and remained a nun for 15 years. She has been a very active member of St. Catherine Church, teaching RCIA and a member of the choir.
She is survived by a son, Rod MacLellan, Jr. of Westford; daughters,
Christel and her husband, John Hartshorn of Nashua, NH, Paula and her
husband, Michael Turner of Dupont, WA; brother, Robert and his wife,
Carole Donovan of Shakopee, MN; eight grandchildren, Catherine,
Alison, Meghan, and Madison Hartshorn; Aylish, Aydan, Mekayle and
Brady Turner, and many nieces and nephews.
Paula was the sister of the late Joan Diamond of Arlington, MA who
died in 2005.

Paula loved the ocean, especially visiting the Ashworth Hotel in Hampton,NH, going to movies, visits to restaurants, caring for her pets and others and loved sunsets. She will be greatly missed by all.

Visiting hours Wed. 3 to 7 P.M. Funeral Thursday at 11 AM from the
at 12 Noon at St. Catherine’s Church in Westford. Burial in St.
Catherine’s Cemetery, Westford. Memorials may be made in her name to
the Lowell Humane Society 951 Broadway Street Lowell, MA 01854. ARRANGEMENTS BY DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 978-251-4041.


6 Condolences for Paula V. (Donovan) MacLellan RN of Westford

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    Duncan and Josephine cummings


    We are truly sorry to hear of Paula’s passing. She was a wonderful and very caring person.
    R.I.P. Paula

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    Kathy McGourty


    She will be missed by many. Great Lady.
    Kathy and Mike McGourty

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    Margaret menz-calabro


    Rip dear sister inlaw paula, you lived your life to the fullest you will be missed by many and left a wonderful legacy! And now you are at peace!

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    Tim Mooney


    So sorry for your loss.

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    Steve and Paula Lahti


    Paula touched many lives with her great faith and care for others. She will live on in our fondest memories.

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    MARY Erickson


    I just found out at church yesterday, that Paula had passed away. I am so very sorry for ur loss. Rip

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