Nancy S. Donovan

  • Born: September 13, 1940
  • Died: September 30, 2017
  • Location: Dedham, Massachusetts

Taylor & Modeen Funeral Home

250 Center Street
Jupiter, FL 33458

Tel. (561) 744-2030

Tribute & Message From The Family


Nancy S. Donovan (Sheldon), 77, formerly of Milton, MA, passed away on September 30, 2017 in West Palm Beach, FL with her daughters at her bedside. Nancy, aka Nanu, was known for her intelligence, keen attention to detail, sarcastic sense of humor, kindness, and excellent Christmas parties ("yuckies" will be immortalized). She was extremely generous and fiercely loyal to her friends and family.

Nancy was born in 1940 to James Sheldon and Esther Wignall of Whitinsville, MA. Nancy attended UMASS Amherst and graduated with a degree in education. In 1966, she married Edward T. Donovan of Dorchester, MA. She and Ed lived in Milton, MA for over 40 years and created a close knit group of friends who truly embraced life and enjoyed each other and each other's idiosyncrasies. Nancy taught elementary school in downtown Boston, which truly was her passion and joy. She changed her career and went back to school for technical writing. Nancy was employed at Honeywell-Bull of Wellesley and rounded out her career at MassHealth in downtown Boston.

Nancy is survived by her two daughters, Amy Doyle and her husband Tim of Dedham,MA and Melissa Donovan and her wife Sara of Palm Beach Gardens, FL; her four grandchildren Julia Doyle, Nolan Doyle, Trevor Doyle of Dedham, MA and Ziba Donovan of Palm Beach Gardens, Fl; and her sister, Jeanne Couillard and her husband Jim of Hobe Sound, FL. Nancy has many beloved nieces and nephews.

She will be greatly missed.

There will be a memorial service for Nancy for family and friends at Gilman Chapel at Cedar Grove Cemetery, 920 Adams Street, Dorchester, MA on October 28th at 11:30 am. Refreshments to follow at 1:30 pm at Steel and Rye, 95 Eliot Street, Milton, MA.