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“I'm so sorry to hear of Nancy's paassing. I worked with her in Boston and learned a lot. She was a pleasure to know, fun to work with and always...Read More »
1 of 5 | Posted by: Donna Peltier - Worcester, MA

“I was so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. Both she and your Dad were such great next door neighbors to us. I am so sorry for your loss. She...Read More »
2 of 5 | Posted by: Jean Tutfs - Milton, MA

“I was so sorry to hear of Nancy's passing. I worked with her for several years at 600 Washington Street and she was a joy to know. I was always happy...Read More »
3 of 5 | Posted by: Jean Takesain - Salisbury, MA

“Amy and Melissa we are sorry to hear about the passing of your mother.Your father and mother were good neighbors.We had some good times together with...Read More »
4 of 5 | Posted by: George & Florence McHugh - FL

“Sending thoughts and prayers to melissa Sara, Amy, Tim and children. Mrs Donovan will be missed :( ”
5 of 5 | Posted by: Kelly Mchugh Adams - Antigonish, NS


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.