NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

September 28, 2013

Patricia M. (MacDonald) Downer


Newburyoprt, MA — Patricia M. (MacDonald) Downer, 76, longtime Newburyport resident, died unexpectedly at her home Tuesday afternoon, September 24, 2013.

Born in Newburyport, January 1, 1937, she was one of two children of the late Herbert T. And Mary A. (Fenders) MacDonald. After graduating from Perley High School in Georgetown, Pat attended Lynn Hospital School of Nursing, where she received her certification as a registered nurse, which led her to a lifelong, rewarding career as charge nurse, retiring as Director of Nursing from the former Amesbury Hospital.

In her retirement she enjoyed many years in Florida and coming back to Newburyport every year to enjoy the more agreeable summer season.

Her survivors include her brother, Herbert T. MacDonald and wife Dorothy of Georgetown; her nephew, Ian MacDonald and wife Jasmine of Newburyport; her son, Michael Downer of Rowley; her two granddaughters, Courtney and Nicole, along with many dear friends and acquaintances from her nursing career and her travels.

ARRANGEMENTS: A memorial service for family and friends will be held Monday, September 30, 2013, at 10:30 A.M. at Elliott, Woodworth & Rogers Family Funeral Home, 35 Green Street, Newburyport followed by burial in Saint Mary’s Cemetery, Newburyport. By request of the family, there will be no visiting hours. Donations in her memory may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 330 Congress Street, Boston, MA 02210.