Donovan, Eleanor Jane (Mayne) Passed away quietly on June 8th, 2013 at the age of 89. Born Sept. 15, 1923 in Greene, Iowa. Daughter of Theresa I. Flaherty and Dr. Roy M. Mayne. Preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, John F. Donovan and brothers Dr. John Mayne and Donovan Mayne. Survived by 3 children, John (Laura), Peter and Martha; 8 grandchildren, Sean, Lauren, Christy, Lindsey, Robbie, Danielle, John (Charlene), Meghan Gasta (Fernando); 4 great- grandchildren; and sisters-in-law, Lois Mayne, Helen Leaf Haun and Dorothy McGuire; along with many nieces and nephews. "Doc" was an alumnus of St. Catherine's College and a 1945 graduate of the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science degree. She maintained close ties with her Alpha Phi Sisters. A tireless volunteer serving on many committees and boards throughout her life. It was her great joy to have been instrumental in, and devoted to, the creation of Marion Center (Cerenity) a Catholic multi level care facility in St. Paul. Ellie loved the outdoors, the arts, travel, entertaining and, most of all, spending time with family and friends. Visitation Wednesday, June 12, 4-8 PM at O'Halloran & Murphy Funeral Home 651/698-0796. (575 S. Snelling Ave., St. Paul). Mass of Christian Burial, Thursday, June 13, 10:00 AM at Assumption Catholic Church (51 W. 7th St., St. Paul). Private family interment at St. Peter's Cemetery. Memorials preferred to Catholic Charities.
Published in Star Tribune from June 10 to June 11, 2013