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Phyllis M (Kennedy) McWilliams R.N. Print E-mail

Phyllis M. (Kennedy) McWilliams, R.N.

Beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend;

Phyllis M. (Kennedy) McWilliams, 94, of Lowell and formerly of Singer Island, FL, passed away Saturday evening February 29, 2020 after a brief illness.

She was the beloved wife for 59 years to the late John J. McWilliams, a longtime Lowell Police Officer who died in 2009.

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, November 12, 1925, the daughter of the late Joseph and the late Bertha (Clark) Kennedy, she grew up in Pelham, NH. Phyllis graduated from Lowell High School with the Class of 1943 and went on to graduate as a Registered Nurse from the former St. John’s Hospital School of Nursing in 1947.

A member of the United States Nurse Cadet’s Corp during World War II (1944 to 1947), Phyllis often spoke of meeting her husband John in 1947 at a dance at the former Lakeview Ballroom in Dracut.

Prior to her retirement in 1992, Phyllis worked for many years as a School Nurse in the City of Lowell Public Schools and at the Lowell Health Department as a Public Health Nurse. She also worked as a School Nurse at the Greater Lowell Vocational School and the Lowell General Detoxification Center.

In her early career she was a Private Duty Nurse at the former St. John’s Hospital (nka Lowell General – Saints Campus) and at Lowell General Hospital. Phyllis was a longtime member of St. John’s Nurses Alumnae Association.

Phyllis always had an amazing amount of energy and will be remembered for her ability to juggle a family of seven children while working tirelessly as a nurse and homemaker. By her loving example, she instilled in her children her many character traits of working hard, saving hard and getting things done.

She treasured the time she spent with her family – especially her beloved grandchildren and great grandchildren at the many birthday parties, cookouts and holiday gatherings. Phyllis will be most remembered for her nurturing, kind and caring ways and her love of family and friends.

Phyllis is survived by her six children Marlene A. Browne of Singer Island, FL, John McWilliams, Jr. and his wife Carol Kelly of Lowell, Gary McWilliams and his wife Lenora of Houston, TX, Brian McWilliams and his wife Marjorie of Kingston, MA, Alan McWilliams and his wife Paula of Saratoga Springs, NY and Robert McWilliams and his wife Deborah of Wilbraham, MA; her 14 cherished grandchildren Erin Spencer, Kristen Chan, David Browne, and the McWilliam’s including Ian, Tyler, Julia, Jane, Tara, Ana, Emily, Gary, Stephen, Mai and Mya; six great grandchildren Simone, Colin, Declan, Leo, Savannah and Claire.

She was also the mother of the late David G. McWilliams and the sister of the late Dorothy Litchfield, Warren, Roger, Stuart and Raymond Kennedy.

Friend may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. at Fletcher from 4 to 7 P.M. Wednesday March 4, 2020. Relatives and friends are invited to attend her Funeral Mass to be celebrated Thursday morning at HOLY FAMILY PARISH – ST. MARIES 75 Chamberlain St. in Lowell at 10 o’clock followed by her burial in St. Patrick Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.  

Kathleen Durham Print E-mail

Kathleen Durham

Beloved mother, grandmother, great and great-great grandmother and friend;

Kathleen Durham, 99, of Lowell passed away on Thursday morning February 20, 2020 at Belvidere Healthcare surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Macon, Georgia, June 5, 1920, a daughter of the late Sidel and the late Myra (Williams) Durham, she was raised in North Carolina.

After moving up to Lowell, she was self-employed as a maid for many years.

She is survived by four daughters Patsy Choate, Dorothy Hardin, Edon Hartford and Germaine Stokes all of Lowell, 35 grandchildren, many great grandchildren. And a very dear and special friend Nick Duclos.

She was also the mother of mother of the late Lucille Choate, the late Joseph Durham, the late Carol Durham and the late Harold Durham.

Relatives and friends are invited to her visitation at the New England Pentecostal Ministries Church, 955 Bridge St., Pelham, NH, on Thursday February 27, 2020 from 5:00 to 6:00 P.M. followed by her Funeral Service at the church from 6:00 to 7:30 P.M. Committal Services will be private The family will be accepting flowers in her honor at the Church. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.      


Carole (Handley) Aubut Print E-mail

Carole (Handley) Aubut

Longtime Dracut resident;

Carole (Handley) Aubut, 88, of Dracut passed away suddenly but peacefully on Monday, February 24, 2020, surrounded by her loving family.

She was pre-deceased by Raymond J. Aubut, her devoted husband of almost 65 years who left us on June 11, 2016.  They resided in Dracut for over 50 years where they raised their three daughters and also resided in Naples, FL & Lowell, MA.

Born in Lowell Massachusetts on January 15, 1932, a daughter of the late Alfred F. and Gladys M. (Greene) Handley, she was a 1950 graduate of Dracut High School.

She was the older of 2 daughters. Her dear younger sister Viola (Handley) Anderson sadly pre-deceased her on December 21, 2019.

She was a loving mother, wife, daughter, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, sister-in-law, aunt and friend to so many.

Carole & Ray did almost everything as a couple. Ray being a square dance caller and teacher, Carole danced and assisted in teaching square dancing for close to 40 years. She and Ray became members of the Town Travelers Square Dance Club in 1967 and soon were involved as dance leaders and club president. They were involved with New England Square and Round Dance Conventions, Tri-State Callers Association, New England Council of Caller Association (NECCA) where she was the only female NECCA specialist, CALLERLAB, and the Square Dance Foundation of New England, Inc. Together they were part of Slips N’Clutches, Skirts & Flirts, Calico Steppers and Alpine Squares. They were proud recipients of the Yankee Clipper award & were inducted into the Square Dance Hall of Fame.

Carole & Ray together published the New England Square Dance Caller Magazine for 12 years. She was particularly proud of her column “Carole’s Corner”.

They also loved bowling with the Alpine Bowling League of Lowell and she and Ray were members of the Longmeadow and Vesper Country Clubs. Carole was a Girl Scout leader for 15 years and an Avon lady for 10 years.

It was her pleasure to create greeting cards on her computer for anyone who was ailing, celebrating a birthday, an anniversary or just to let someone know she was thinking of them. She had many life-long friends.

Besides her husband Ray, whom she missed every minute of every day, she was survived by her three daughters Nancy (Aubut) Lafontaine and her husband Lee of Winter Springs FL, Betty Aubut of Asheville, NC and Peggy (Aubut)(D’Addario)(Patenaude) Osbaldeston and her husband Joe of Amesbury, Ma; 5 grandchildren Paul Lafontaine and his wife Carrie of Oviedo, FL, Janet (Lafontaine) Plummer and her husband Steven of Oviedo, FL, Stephen D’Addario of Andover, MA, Justin D’Addario of Methuen, MA and Deven D’Addario of Celebration, FL. She is also survived by 4 great grandchildren whom she adored: Danica & Alaina Plummer and Reid & Elin Lafontaine. In addition, she is survived by her brother-in-law Donald Anderson of Dracut, Nephew Donald Anderson Jr and his wife Antonette of Salem, NH, Niece Carole Ann (Anderson) Roberts of Dracut, MA and Sharon O’Brien and her husband Jim of Virginia, great-nieces Kaitlyn Roberts, Stephanie Anderson and great nephew Michael Anderson.

Friends may call at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. in Lowell from 4 to 7 P.M. Thursday. Her Funeral Service will take place Friday morning at the O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME at 10 o’clock followed by her Committal Prayers at St. Patrick Cemetery. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN., 38101. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.       






Martha I. "Izzy" Farmer Print E-mail

Martha I. “Izzy” Farmer

Beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and friend;

Martha I. “Izzy” (Murray) Farmer, 75, of Lowell, passed away peacefully on Thursday February 20, 2020 at Lowell General Hospital – Saints Campus with her loving family by her side.

Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, May 12, 1944, a daughter of the late Martha E. (Clegg) Murray, she attended Lowell schools and was a graduate of the former Lowell Girls Vocational High School in 1962.

Prior to her retirement, Izzy was the Manager of Gus and Paul’s Tavern in Lowell for many years.

Among her many interests, Izzy enjoyed going next door for a cookout on a nice sunny day. She loved to bask in the sunshine with a blanket wrapped around her shoulders. One of her favorite things was watching the Ellen Show when Twitch danced that would always make her smile. She was also a huge sports fan watching the Red Sox or Patriots game. Tedy Bruschi was her favorite.

She also cherished the times when she was with her family and friends.

She is proudly survived by three sons David A Bernardini and his wife Colleen “Co” of Lowell, Steven Bernardini and his wife Gabriel of Londonderry, NH and her youngest son Derek Bernardini and his wife Jean of Dracut; four grandchildren Korrie McGrade of Lowell, Zachary Bernardini of Dracut, Dylan and Sammy Bernardini of Londonderry, NH; two great grandchildren Macie McGrade and Emrie Martinez; a sister Charlotte Dimodana of FL; and her dear friends Karen Rogers and M. Sheila Carney.

Izzy was the sister of the late Shirley Cameron, the late Joan Russell, the late Lois Lecoy and also her beloved special friend Einar Nielsen and Judy Fleming.

Friends may call at O’DONNELL FUNERAL HOME 276 PAWTUCKET ST. in LOWELL on WEDNESDAY February 26, 2020 from 4 to 6 P.M. followed by her Funeral Service at 6:00 P.M. Committal Services will be private. E-condolences/directions at Those wishing may make contributions in her memory to American Cancer Society of Greater Lowell, 30 Speen St., Framingham, MA, 01701. Arrangements by Funeral Director James F. O’Donnell, Jr. (978) 458-8768.      


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