Paula O. (O'Neill) Abraham Print E-mail

Paula O. (O’Neill) Abraham

Loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister-in-law, aunt and friend;

Paula O. (O’Neill) Abraham, 75, of Lowell, a retired Lowell school teacher, passed away peacefully surrounded by family and friends on Tuesday afternoon, March 3, 2020 at her home.

She was the beloved wife for over 55 years of Richard J. “Dick” Abraham, who survives her.

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, July 10, 1944, Paula was the daughter of the late John J. and the late Helen V. (Harrigan) O’Neill. Paula had been a long time communicant of both St. Patrick and the Immaculate Conception Churches of Lowell.

She attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of Lowell High School in the Class of 1962. Later, Paula continued her education at Middlesex Community College and then matriculated to and graduated from Rivier University in Nashua, NH, with a Bachelor of Arts in Education, with a Minor in Special Education.

Prior to her retirement, Paula was a school teacher for the City of Lowell School Department of Special Education at the Bailey International School. Previously she served as a paraprofessional at the Lincoln School.

For several years, Paula was a member of the Board of Trustees of Middlesex Community College.

Paula was very proud of her Irish heritage. She was a former Chairperson for Irish Cultural Week in Lowell, a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernian's Auxiliary and a coordinator for Wider Horizons, where for 20 years, she along with Molly Sheehy served as hosts to college students from the north and south of Ireland. She also served as a volunteer for the Greater Lowell Folk Festival.

Paula was extremely proud to be  a member of “The Girls”, a group of her closest friends! She very much enjoyed her weekends away with “The Girls” whether it be to the Cape or another place where they enjoyed spending time together.

Mostly, Paula enjoyed those times she shared with her family and especially with her grandchildren.

Besides her husband, she is survived by her daughter Lyndabeth Abraham and Timothy Downes of Lowell; her son Richard J. “Rick” Abraham and his wife Sharon (Couilliard) of Lowell; Four grandchildren Kathryn E. Abraham and her companion Nicholas Leary of Lowell, John R. Abraham of Somerville, Thomas R. Abraham and his companion Alexa McGuire of Lowell, and Sarah M. Abraham of Lowell.

Paula is also survived by her brother-in-law John F. Abraham and his wife Mary of Chelmsford, MA; her brother-in-law Robert  W. Abraham of Concord, MA; her brother-in-law Thomas J. Abraham and his wife Glenda of Virginia Beach,VA; her sister-in-law Priscilla “DeeDee” O’Neill of Pelham, NH; as well as several nieces and nephews.

She was also the sister of the late John J. “Jack” O’Neill, Jr.. Paula was also pre-deceased by her sister-in-law Adele and her husband Louis Mansur; by her brother-in-law James and his wife Cecelia (Salem) Abraham; by her sister-in-law Louise and her husband Fredrick Wilkey; by her sister-in-law Kristin (Roymans) Abraham; Paula was also pre-deceased by her niece Deborah (Abraham) Lind; and her nephew John F. Abraham, Jr..

Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 2 to 6 P.M. Sunday, Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral Mass to be celebrated Monday morning at the IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH at 11 o’clock. Committal Services will be private. E-condolences at Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to The John F. Abraham, Jr. Scholarship Fund. Mailing address: Friends of Lowell High School, P.O. Box 1264, Lowell, MA 01853. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.      






Condolences (10)
  • Gerry & Mary Trainor  - Sincere condolences
    Dick & Family We are very sorry to hear about Paula's passing. May she rest in peace. We have great memories of her over the years we spend in Lowell on the Irish Wider Horizons Programme. She was always so kind and helpful to us and the other staff and students and we remember her good humour and sense of fun. We are thinking of you and your family at this sad time. Look after yourself. Gerry & Mary, Belfast (Ireland)
  • Karen (MacLeod) Parnell
    You all have my deepest sympathy. Just hearing this news today. My heart goes out to all of you.
  • Flo Sheehy & Family  - Our deepest sympathy
    Dear Dick & family, Please accept our deepest sympathy in the loss of Paula. She was a great person and will be missed. So sorry I wasn’t able to attend her services but I am praying for all of you. With love, Flo and family
  • Nancy Loucraft Christie
    Dear Dick, Ricky and Lindabeth, I am so sorry to hear of Paula's passing and send you my sincere condolences. What a wonderful woman Paula was and I will never forget the love and laughs she shared with us all at Chick and Margarets house. We will all miss her. Sincerely, Nancy
  • Ted O'Neill  - Acre Girl
    Dear Dick, Marybeth and Rick. You have our deepest sympathy and prayers during these long and sad mourning days over the loss of your devoted wife and mother. Paula’s love and devotion extended to all of us in her wide circle of extended family and friends including her pals, “The Girls.” St. Patrick’s and the Acre were always her special places and a true part of her core because that’s where she and Dick met and married. She was our dear cousin and special friend. We share part of your sorrow over losing her but also smile about having had the gift of Paula being a treasured part of our lives. Love, Ted, Mary Ellen, Michael and Chrissie
  • victor and betty forsley and f  - paula
    dear dick and family. we can not begin to tell you of all the fond memories we have of paula. we will miss her irish smile and her friendly hellos. may she rest in peace. Betty and Victor
  • Robert Keating O'Neill  - Dick Abraham
    Dear Dick, Please accept my condolences on the loss of Paula, who was the closest in age to me among my many cousins. I am sending you a Mass card in Paula's memory. I regret that I will not be able to attend her funeral, as my wife Helen and I now live in Gilbert, AZ. Paula will be greatly missed by all who knew her, especially those of us who were related to her. In sorrow, Bob O'Neill
  • Jim and Sally Moynihan  - Paula Abraham
    Our condolences to Richard and the entire Abraham family. Paula was a lovely lady,and will be missed. Sincerely, Jim and Sally Moynihan
  • Frank Faticanti
    I Did not know Paula but seeing the two of you at mass told me all I needed to know. My wife and I have not quite reached 50 years but hope to be together as long as you as a couple. My prayers continue. Frank
  • Anonymous
    Dear Dick Dear Dick & Your entire Family: Our Deepest Sympathy on Your Loss.! "May She Rest In Peace". Sincerely, "Denny" & Barbara Quinn s ' '
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