Maurna R. Donovan

Beloved Mother, Mima and Friend Died October 30, 2012 "Let us do all the good we can, faithfully, peacefully, and quietly and with a humility that is gentle and tranquil." -Saint Francis de Sales Maurna Ruth Donovan (nee Murphy) passed into eternal life after a long struggle with Alzheimer's. She died at peace surrounded by her family. A true gift to all who knew her. Preceded in death by her husband of 56 years (Gerald), youngest son (Robbie), parents (David and Zoa), sisters (Patricia, Libby and Joan) and son-in-law John McDonald. Her children and extended family will miss her love, humor and quiet guidance - Mary Sutherland (Bob), Ann McDonald (John, dec.), David (Heidi), Cathy (David Chapman), George, Trish Buelow (Dan), Paul (Mary) and Jim (Julie), sisters-in-laws - Dottie Maguire, Ellie Donovan, Helen Haun, and brother-in-law Duncan Glab. Born April 27, 1933, Maurna was raised in Dubuque, Iowa by a loving family and a community steeped in faith and charity. Though her father died when she was young, her mother and sisters, together with the Sisters of the Visitation, provided her the love and guidance instrumental to whom s he became. Maurna graduated from Clark College with a degree in biology. Soon after she met Jerry and commenced on a wonderful journey. Together they had nine children, 26 grandchildren, a host of friends and many accomplishments. Helping others was central to her being. Words were nice but action was far more important. If you believe in something - act. Share a Life, The Home of Good Shepherd, Christ Child Society, Merrick Community Center, Catholic Charities, the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Mpls., Nativity of Our Lord, St. Thomas Academy, all benefited from her hard work and gentle wisdom. Helping others was not done for recognition, rather born of faith and grace. The family is eternally grateful for the tender care given by her caregivers, Kim, Marilyn, Linda and the staff at the Commons on Marice. Memorials to Cradle of Hope, Convent of the Visitation School, the Rob Donovan Memorial Fund at St. Thomas Academy, Nativity Parish and Catholic Charities are preferred. We will miss you, give thanks for all you have given us, and commit to carrying on your kindness. Visitation Friday, Nov. 2nd, 6:30-8:30 PM and one hour prior to the funeral mass at Nativity of Our Lord Church, 324 Prior Avenue South, St. Paul. Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, Nov. 3rd at 11:00 AM. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. 651-698-0796


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O'Halloran & Murphy
575 South Snelling Avenue  St. Paul, MN 55116
(651) 698-0796

Published in Pioneer Press on Nov. 1, 2012