Sandra Donovan

Sandra C "Sandy" Donovan

September 27, 2020
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Sandra C. “Sandy” Donovan, age 82, passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 27, 2020 at Sunny Acres Nursing Center, Chelmsford, surrounded by her loving family.

Sandy was born in Boston, MA in 1938. For over 50 years, she has been a resident of Chelmsford where she raised her 8 children. As a member of St. Mary’s parish, she was a devout Catholic who was a pioneer in raising awareness of suburban poverty. She was the founder and 27 year director of the Chelmsford Food Pantry. She also hosted a community television program, Suburbia Connections for 16 years, where she interviewed several prominent members of the Church and Community. Sandy was well known for her tireless service to the greater Chelmsford Community and devotion for helping others. She was recognized as the Chelmsford Citizen of the Year in 2014.

Sandy leaves her children; Joseph Donovan, John Donovan and his wife Carla, James Donovan and his wife Maria, Neil Donovan, Ted Donovan and his wife Marty, Mary Christie, Mason Donovan and his husband Mark, and Anne Arsenault and her husband Rob, her grandchildren; Danielle, Patrick, Joey, Ryan, Catie, Caraline, Stephany, Malissa, and Tanya, and her great grandson Carter.

Due to gathering limitations, Funeral Services and Interment will be held privately. You are invited to watch the Mass of Christian Burial live on Monday, October 5, at 9:00 am. Please visit and click on LIVESVIEW. Please select St. Mary Liveview. Memorial donations may be made in Sandy’s name to the Chelmsford Community Exchange, Inc., P.O. Box 394, Chelmsford, MA 01824.
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Due to gathering limitations Funeral Services and Interment will be held privately. You are invited to watch the Mass of Christian Burial live on Monday, Oct. 5, 9:00 AM. Please visit and click on LIVEVIEW. Kindly select St. Mary LIVEVIEW.


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Nancy Rowe

Posted at 11:49am
Sandy was a wonderful woman. I worked at the pantry with her for a few months. I helped her one Christmas Ever, waiting for people to come and pick up gifts for their children. I remember that one elderly woman, only wanted a tree. Sandy purchased a table top Christmas tree for her. She made the woman so happy, that she cried. May God Bless you Sandy.
Nancy (Knox) Rowe
Nancy and Henry Rowe

Catie Donovan

Posted at 01:01am
Love you Nana. I will always remember when we played Scrabble together, dinner at Bertucci’s with you and my dad, the bedtime stories you told us about your childhood when you visited, you encouraging me to always read books, our phone and Skype calls, visiting you at your beloved pantry where you served others with no judgment, your famous minivan with all the stickers, and going to Mass together at Saint Mary’s. Thank you for the memories, I’ll carry them forever. In the words you always said to me, “remember I love you, you know!”. I do know.
Your granddaughters Catie and Caraline

Neil Donovan Posted at 02:19pm

Yes Catie... she was a kind and loving person... always looking to give rather than receive. In our Christian faith, she was a shining example of the final commandment of Jesus Christ, "to love one another as I have loved you"... In a family full of pride and hubris, she showed how humility can bring people together and put aside our differences to create forgiveness and make peace. In her last days, she only had good things to say for all of her children and grandkids. She wished peace and all to forgive each other as Jesus showed us. Lasting memories of being with her over the last 20 years. I'm glad you were part of them! May she rest in peace and receive her eternal reward she so rightfully deserves. God bless you mom! I love you!

Mark Armstrong

Posted at 03:01pm
Our Deepest Condolences go out to my cousins on the loss of your Mom. My heart aches for you and your loss.
You will all be in my prayers during this trying time that God may grant you the strength to endure these next few days as you lay your beloved mother to rest. She had a very strong faith and I hope this becomes her lasting gift to you all.
When we have Christ in our life, all things are possible and he provides the strength when we do not feel we can go on.
All we have to do is call on him.
Mark & Stephanie Armstrong

Neil Donovan Posted at 02:06pm

Thank you Mark for your kind words. God bless!

Brenda Cunningham

Posted at 08:39pm
My heart goes out to the family .. I unfortunately only met you once but never really got to know you however without you I would not have my best friend Ann For that I am so very very thankful to you !! .. You Have made a differences in so many lives ..May you Rest In Peace 💓

Anne Arsenault

Posted at 07:55pm
My Mother was an independent woman who wanted the best in people to help them in their most dyer need. She had her own way, but loved her children deeply and held on to memories she cherished. I love you Mom and wish we spent more quality time together. You will be missed and I pray for your peace.

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