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Elizabeth E. "Betty" Fletcher Print E-mail

Elizabeth E. “Betty” Fletcher

Loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother;
 Elizabeth E. “Betty” (Holmes) Fletcher, 86, of Dracut, died Tuesday, March 3rd at her home with her loving family by her side. She was the beloved wife of the late Allen G. Fletcher who died May 9, 1997.
 Born in Newcastle, New Brunswick, Canada, August 18, 1928, a daughter of the late Akley and the late Grace Isabelle (Murray) Holmes, she attended Doaktown, New Brunswick schools and was a graduate of Doaktown High School. She then went on to graduate from Ottawa Civic Hospital School of Nursing in Ottawa, Ontario earning a degree as a Registered Nurse.
 Before retiring, Betty was employed as a Registered Nurse at the former St. John’s Hospital (now known as Lowell General Hospital – Saints Campus) for over 40 years.
 Among her many activities, Betty enjoyed baking, gardening, traveling, music and birds. She was also an avid Boston Celtics fan and even had the experience of seeing her own likeness on the Garden Jumbotron while attending some games. But above all else, being all about family, she loved the quality time spent with her children, grandchildren and great-grandson.
 Betty is survived by two daughters Bethanne Winterson of Pepperell, MA and Nancy A. Bronson of Fitchburg, MA; a son Kenneth A. Fletcher of Litchfield, NH; seven grandchildren Ross, Lance, Linwood, Acacia, Wesley, Samantha and Carolyn; and a great-grandson Mason.
 She was also sister of the late Jim Holmes and the late Grace Libby.
 In keeping in accordance with her wishes, there will be no calling hours. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Memorial Service on Wednesday morning at CHRIST CHURCH UNITED, 10 Arlington Street, Dracut at 11 o’clock. Committal services will be held privately. E-condolences at In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Betty’s memory to New England Hospice, 190 Old Derby St, Suite 304, Hingham, MA 02043. Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME, Lowell, MA (978 or 866) 458-8768.
Robert F. Bailey Print E-mail

Robert F. Bailey


Beloved father, grandfather, brother and friend; 

Robert F. Bailey, 90, of Lowell and for many years a resident of the Highlands section of the City, died at home surrounded by his loving family. 

He was the husband for 64 years of the late Barbara A. (Lyons) Bailey who died January 21, 2013. 

Born in Medford, Massachusetts, June 18, 1924, the son of the late Francis L. and the late Mary A. (Harrington) Bailey, he attended Immaculate Conception Grammar School in Malden and was a graduate of Malden Catholic High School with the Class of 1942. 
Bob went on to receive his Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Boston College in 1950. 

A proud and decorated veteran of World War II, he served in the U. S. Army with the 155th Infantry Regiment as a Corporal.  Bob received the Purple Heart in 1944 after being wounded in the South Pacific Theater and was also awarded the Asiatic Pacific Theater Campaign Ribbon, the Good Conduct Medal and the Victory Medal. 

Prior to his retirement as an elementary school teacher, Bob taught for over 35 years with the Boston School Department. 

A member of the VFW Walker Rogers Post 662 in Lowell and the American Legion, he also held membership in the Boston Teachers Union. 

Bob also was a member of the Boston College Alumni Association and the Malden Catholic HS Alumni. 

He is survived by his daughter Joyce A. Cote and her husband Ronald of Lowell, with whom he made his home; a grandson Christopher J. Cote of South Boston; a sister June Connors of Reading and several nieces and nephews. 

Bob was also the father of the late Barbara J. Bailey who died in 1991. 

The members of the Bailey family would like to express their sincere gratitude to Circle Home Hospice and the Visiting Angels whose personal care, compassion and concern were instrumental in providing their father, grandfather and brother with the dignity and quality of life he so richly deserved. 

 Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 2 to 5 P.M. Sunday. His Funeral will take place from the Funeral Home Monday morning at 9:30 A.M. followed by his Funeral Mass at ST. MARGARET CHURCH at 10:30 A.M. Burial in St. Mary Cemetery in Tewksbury. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in his memory to Wounded Warrior Project, 150 Cambridge Park Drive, Suite 202, Cambridge, MA 02140. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768.            







George G. McMahon Print E-mail

George G. McMahon

 Retired carpenter, U/Mass Lowell;

 George G. McMahon, 85, a member of a well known Greater Lowell family, died Sunday morning at Fairhaven Healthcare Center in Lowell with is loving family by his side.

 He was the beloved husband of Cynthia M. (Zoltek) (Boisvert) McMahon, who survives him.

 Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, the son of the late Francis P. and the late Irene (Johnson) McMahon, he attended Lowell schools and Lowell High School.

 A hard worker all of his life, George was a Produce Manager at the former Purity Supreme for over 25 years. He went on to be the manager at the Quik Check in Nabnassett Lakes for several years.

 Prior to his retirement, George was a carpenter with the Maintenance Department at U/Mass Lowell for over 17 years.

 A big Red Sox fan, George loved to play pool with his friends and go dancing and to bingo with his wife Cynthia. He was also a member of the H. E. Fletcher Club in Westford and the S.A.C. Club in Lowell.

 Besides his wife, George is survived by six sons Thomas J. McMahon and his wife Mary of Winnisquam, NH, Michael McMahon of North Carolina, John R. McMahon of Bolton, George G. McMahon, Jr. of Ohio, Peter K. McMahon of Lowell and Paul E. McMahon of Keene, NH; 22 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; two brothers Gerald F. McMahon and his wife Frances of Lowell and Robert J. McMahon and his wife Audrey of  Lowell;  four sisters Rita Burk of Lowell, Esther Peavey of Tewksbury, Shirley Mello of Lowell and Irene Shaughnessy of North Chelmsford; and many nieces and nephews.

 He was also the brother of the late Francis J. “Mac” McMahon and the late Beverly J. Flood and brother-in-law of the late Robert Shaughnessy, the late Edward Burk, the late Edward “Ned” Flood, the late Leo Mello and the late Alden Peavey.

 McMahon – In Lowell, MA, March 1, 2015, George G. McMahon of Dracut, husband of Cynthia M. (Zoltek) (Boisvert) McMahon. Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 4 to 8 P.M. Friday. Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Funeral Mass to be celebrated Saturday morning at ST. RITA CHURCH at 9 o’clock. Burial will follow at St. Patrick Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at In lieu of flowers, those wishing may make contributions in his memory to Season’s Hospice and Pallative Care, 275 Grove St., Suite 3-102, Newton, MA 02466. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768.

Martha I. Russ Print E-mail

Martha I. Russ

Loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother
 Martha I. (Pratt) Russ, 80, of Lowell, died peacefully early Monday morning, February 23rd at Lowell General Hospital – Saints Campus.
 Born in Everett, Massachusetts, July 9, 1934, a daughter of the late Harry Joseph and the late Myrtle Esther (Glennon) Pratt, she attended Everett schools and was a graduate of Everett High School. Following high school, Martha enlisted in the United States Air Force where she proudly served her country. After her honorable discharge, she went on to attend and graduate from college earning a degree as a Licensed Practical Nurse.
 Before retiring, Martha was employed as a Licensed Practical Nurse at various nursing homes throughout the Merrimack Valley. After retirement, she was a volunteer in many different capacities at Lowell General Hospital.
 Among her many activities, being a member of many book clubs and a collector of books, she was an avid reader, enjoyed crocheting and loved surfing the Internet. She also had a massive collection of dolls. However, her greatest joy was the time she spent with her loving family.
 Martha is survived by a daughter Donna L. Guilfoyle and her husband Richard; two sons Denny McCarthy and Dana Russ; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a great-great-granddaughter.
 She was also mother of the late Edward Russ who died in 2008.
 In keeping in accordance with her wishes, there will be no calling hours and all Funeral Services will be held privately. E-condolences at  Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701. Arrangements by Funeral Directors James F. O’Donnell, Jr. and John W. Crane (978 or 866) 458-8768.
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