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Norma J. McDonald


Beloved mother, grandmother and sister;


Norma J. (Lawrence) McDonald, 81, of Pepperell, but formerly of Lowell, died Sunday May 7, 2017 at Fairhaven Healthcare Center in Lowell surrounded by her loving family.


She was the wife of the late John F. McDonald, Jr. who died December 23, 1984.


Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, December 21, 1935, a daughter of the late Victor and the late Mary F. (Fratus) Lawrence, she attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School in the Class of 1953.


Norma continued her education as a student at the former Lowell Commercial College.


Prior to her retirement, Norma worked as an Administrative Assistant for several years at the Mitre Corporation in Bedford, MA. 


Among her many interests, she was an avid reader, gardener and movie “buff.”


However, what brought her the most joy was the time she spent with her children and grandchildren.


Norma is survived by her son John A. McDonald and his wife Lori of Chelmsford; her daughter Alison B. ​Geehan and her husband Christopher of Littleton; and, three grandchildren--Alicia L. McDonald and Shannon ​M. McDonald, both of Chelmsford, and Ethan C. Geehan of Littleton.

She was also the loving grandmother of the late Michael P. McDonald of Chelmsford, who passed away August 6, 2016.


Private Funeral Services were already held for the family. E-condolences at Those wishing may make contributions in Norma's memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverly Oaks Rd., Waltham, MA 02452 and/or to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, 60 East 56th Street, 8th Floor, New York, NY 10022.  Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME – LOWELL (978) 458-8768.

Condolences (4)
  • Jen
    My deepest condolences to the McDonald family. Mrs. Norma McDonald will be greatly missed by her family, friends and all those whose lives she touched. Wishing to send a comforting hope for the future based on the words of our Lord Jesus Christ found in John 5:28, 29 - " Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life." May the hope of once again seeing our loved ones once again, give you the strength that you need during these difficult situation. For more information please visit:
  • Debbie Grenier
    John, sorry to hear that your mom has passed. I will always have fond memories of our time together. Our conversations brought laughter and humor to my day. With deepest sympathy, Debbie
  • Debbie Grenier
    John, so sorry to hear about the loss of your mom. Norma will always be in some of my favorite memories. Our conversations always brought laughter and humor into our day. May she rest in peace. Sincerely, Debbie
  • Janet & Bailey Schulz
    So sorry to hear of Norma's passing. She was a wonderful neighbor and talked fondly of her children and grandchildren. We shared a Portuguese heritage. I remember her always having treats for the neighborhood dogs--including ours! I hope your memories help comfort you during this time. sincerely, Janet and Bailey
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