Carolyn W. (Walsh) Donovan

Carolyn W. (Walsh) Donovan, 78, formerly of Mattapoisett and Fairhaven peacefully passed away on Tuesday, May 25, 2017 at the Country Village Center in Lancaster, NH. She was the wife of the late Matthew J. Donovan, Jr., her loving husband of 32 years.

Carolyn was born in New Bedford on July 23, 1938 the daughter of the late William A. and Catherine Lillian (Sullivan) Walsh.

Carolyn worked for AT&T while raising her sons and then returned to school at Bridgewater State College to earn a degree in social work which she then used to work with abused women at The Women’s Center in New Bedford. After the passing of her late husband, she moved to Portland, Maine to be closer to her son Matt and grandson Gabriel. The last five years she has resided in New Hampshire near her son Brian his wife Jennifer and their son Jacob. As a child she had vacationed in New Hampshire with her family and later had a summer job working at Lost River, with her brother Dan Walsh.

Carolyn loved to travel, visiting places like Alaska, Ireland, Scotland and Italy, where she was blessed to meet the Pope. Deeply religious, she was a devout member of her congregation both at St. Joseph’s in Fairhaven and St. Rose of Lima in Littleton, NH. She loved her family, always putting them ahead of herself. She was a ball of spice and always had a smile on her face no matter what she did. \

She is survived by her two sons, Matthew III and Brian; two grandsons, Gabriel and Jacob; and several nieces and nephews.

Her Funeral will be held on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 8 am from the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home For Funerals, 50 County Rd. (Rt. 6), Mattapoisett, followed by her Funeral Mass at St. Joseph’s Church, Fairhaven, at 9 AM. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery. Visiting hours will be on Friday, June 2, 2017 from 4-7 pm. For directions and guestbook, visit

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