Irene M. McAvoy Print E-mail

Irene M. McAvoy


Loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister

Irene M. (Santerre) McAvoy, 90, of Lowell, died Tuesday, January 24th at Lowell General Hospital-Main Campus. She was the beloved wife of the late Edward P. McAvoy, Jr. who died June 8, 1980.
Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, April 15, 1926, a daughter of the late Antoine and the late Estelle (Masson) Santerre, she received her education at the Franco American School in Lowell.
Among her many interests, Irene enjoyed cooking, dining out and having a good martini with many olives, traveling, singing, gardening, flea markets,  camping and playing bingo. However, her greatest joy, being all about family, was the quality time she was able to spend with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Memere was very much loved for her sense of humor, even when her health had started to fail. She will be greatly missed by those of us who enjoyed getting together with her for dinner or family parties and sharing memories of days gone by.
Irene is survived by six daughters including Elaine R. Picard of Pelham, NH, Brenda M. Roberts of Lowell, Donna M. McAvoy of Lexington, SC, Debra A. Donohoe and her fiancé David Blais of Old Orchard Beach, ME, Laura M. Beaver and her husband Timothy of Lexington, SC and Linda R. Cloonen and her husband Thomas of Cranston, RI; two sons Raymond P. McAvoy of Boston, MA and Edward E. McAvoy and his wife Linda of Tewksbury, MA; 15 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; two sisters, Rita Santerre and Cecile Desrochers both of Lowell; a brother Roland Santerre of Lowell; and several nieces and nephews.
She was also grandmother of the late Crystal Fitts and mother-in-law to the late George Picard.
In accordance with her wishes, there were no calling hours and all Funeral and Committal Services were held privately for her family. E-condolences at Arrangements by the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME, Lowell, MA. (978)-458-8768.
Condolences (4)
  • Dave & Elayna Boucher  - Our sincere condolences
    Elayna and I would like to express our deepest condolences to your entire family. Though we never met your mom personally we felt we knew her from the stories you told and the weekly luncheons you shared on social media. I hope you can find peace and comfort knowing that she had a fulfilling life and raised an amazing family. Love you both xo
  • Joanne Bennett
    Linda, My deepest condolences to you and your family during this difficult time. I so happy I was able to meet your mother and know her as the fun loving woman she was. God bless.
  • David and Elayna Boucher  - Deepest condolences
    David and I are so sorry for the loss of your mom, Linda. She was a wonderful woman, vibrant and full of moxie. She will be missed but always adored! Love and prayers to you and your family at this difficult time.
  • tom cloonen
    Will miss you and think if you forever. Love you, Irene
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