Nancy L. MacDonald

Nancy L. (Johnston) MacDonald, 74, of Maple Avenue, East Providence, went to her eternal resting place on Saturday, April 25, 2020.  Nancy is survived by her loving husband of 49 years, Craig R. MacDonald.

Born in Pawtucket, she was the daughter of the late Leonard and Helen (Brown) Johnston.

Nancy was a 1962 graduate of the East Providence High School and many years later received her Associates degree from Belfort University Online.  She was a special education teacher’s assistant and cheerleading coach for Riverside Middle School. Nancy also worked at South Coast Educational Collaborative of Seekonk, MA before she retired.  She really didn’t enjoy retirement too long.  She worked part-time as a receptionist at Orchard View Manor.  Nancy loved all of the children and the people she has worked with over the years.  “To know Nancy was to love Nancy.”  She had the biggest caring heart and she would do all she could for anyone in need.   She will be truly missed.

Besides her husband she leaves two children, Bethany H. MacDonald and John J. MacDonald both of Riverside.  She was the sister of the late Beverly A. (Johnston) Colvin.

A celebration of Nancy’s Life will be announced at a later date.


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Julia Baker from Fall River , Mass. wrote on June 24, 2020 at 5:59 pm:
I had the pleasure of working with Nancy at SCEC. Nancy had the best sense of humor and the biggest heart. She always knew how to make me smile. The day always went by so smoothly no matter what was going on. I still have the angel necklace she gave me. She also gave me a small plaque that read “ The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched ;they must be felt in the heart” - Helen Keller. Thanks Nancy, you’re the angel who touched my heart then, now and always. Love you 😘
Jason Prozzo from Attleboro wrote on May 18, 2020 at 10:58 am:
This is very sad news. I had the privilege to work with Nancy in the classroom. She had a kind spirit and joy she brought to work everyday. She will truly be missed but always remembered. My condolences go out to her family. With deepest sympathy.-Jay
Bettie Viera from Riverside wrote on May 8, 2020 at 12:13 pm:
I was so sad to hear of Nancy passing. I worked with her at OVM. When I left there to go to another nursing home Nancy took my hours. I would call her from time to time to talk to her and see how she was. I had called her a couple of weeks before she got sick and told her to stay safe. She was a wonderful and talented woman. I will miss talking with her. I know how hard this is for all of you, and I am so sorry for your family.
Retired Lt. Charles HALL from sebring wrote on May 2, 2020 at 1:46 pm:
Raquel from Bristol wrote on May 1, 2020 at 7:13 pm:
My condolences the family. Nancy, you will be missed.
Dianne Fernstrom from Edgartown, Massachusetts wrote on May 1, 2020 at 3:53 pm:
I met Nancy over 30 years ago when my sister Erika and I coached in Riverside Little League and Bethany was on our team. Erika, Nancy, and I hit it off right away, and we became friends. Within a year, Nancy was coaching with Erika and I! Erika and I lost track of Nancy, Bethany and Craig when we moved to Idaho, but Facebook had us catching up again. Our most sincere condolences from the Fernstrom family to the MacDonald family.
Steve Grant from Fall River wrote on May 1, 2020 at 2:18 pm:
So sorry about Nancy's passing. I wanted to write because Beverly sang at my Dad's funeral at St. Marks church in Riverside in June 2007. The family actually lived next to my grandparents on Maple Ave. in Riverside. From myself, my 3 brothers, and my Mom, Shirley, our sincere condolences.
Kelly A Plouff (Ramella) from Riverside wrote on May 1, 2020 at 9:39 am:
I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. Everytime I saw her, she always smiling and asking how everyone was. My condolences to you and your family during this time. Hugs.
Brian Mclaughlin from Pascoag wrote on May 1, 2020 at 7:22 am:
Nancy was a wonderful lady. I had the great honor of growing up knowing her and her family. Always kind and always made us neighborhood kids feel like we had a second Mom. She will always be remembered in my heart. Rest In Peace.
Brad and Betty McCaffrey from Port Charlotte Fl wrote on April 30, 2020 at 9:24 pm:
So sorry for your loss. She was a great lady.
Doreen Dewolfe from Cranston wrote on April 30, 2020 at 8:51 pm:
So sorry for your loss my condolences to the family .
Eric & Laurie Simpson & Family from Riverside wrote on April 30, 2020 at 1:20 pm:
Nancy's kindness, her witty sence of humor, her smiling eyes and laughter will be sorely missed by all. Craig, Bethany & John, our deepest sympathy, please know we keep you in prayer ♥️
KATHLEEN M FONSECA from Riverside wrote on April 30, 2020 at 9:33 am:
My sincerest condolences on your loss. We were neighbors for over 30 yrs. and Nancy was always so kind and had an infectious smiling. My thoughts and prayers go out to you at this very sad time. Thoughts & Prayers go out to each of you.
Barbara Desrosiers from SOMERSET wrote on April 29, 2020 at 7:43 pm:
Nancy had the biggest heart ever, You will be sadly missed by everyone that knew you, including me. My condolences to Craig, Bethany, and John ❤️❤️
LENNY AND SUSAN REED AND FAMLY from Riverside wrote on April 29, 2020 at 7:18 pm:
Danielle Milarski (Fiske) from Appleton wrote on April 29, 2020 at 6:12 pm:
I can not believe this before my eyes! My heart sunk when i seen that she had passed. I remember her being my teacher assistant and then also being the wonderful times going by her house and her huband and daughter would all be out giving bottle water or snacks. They are a gteat family love them all. My heart and prays are with u. Love u guys miss u try to stay strong.
Merry Watson wrote on April 29, 2020 at 5:33 pm:
Dear Craig - My deepest sympathy to you and the kids. Whenever I ran into Nancy, she always had a smile and was just so friendly. I will always remember her coming into St. Mark’s Church with the choir and we all felt her happy presence. She was truly a gem.
Jane Mason from Riverside wrote on April 29, 2020 at 5:23 pm:
I too go back to St.Mark's Church with Nancy and her sister Beverly. Wonderful girls, and wonderful women. Nancy was a wonder woman at Dr.Shreve's office as well. I just saw her recently at Towne Pizza, just before this lockdown. Huge smile, as always on her face. Craig, Bethany and John, please know she will be watching over you all. She's probably up there organizing Heaven!
Debra Coelho from Riverside wrote on April 29, 2020 at 5:16 pm:
Where do I begin? Nancy was my night time receptionist at OVM we became very close friends and found out we had many things in common, right down to questioning if we could some how berelated...I will miss your laughter and your phone calls at night before you left work to fill me were there for me whenever I needed an ear or just a co-pilot on an adventure I will and do miss you everyday. I know your sister left us not too long ago and she was waiting for you at the Golden Gate with open arms.. Rest in Rainbow eternal Peace my friend.. Zoe will miss her auntie Nancy as well
Diane B Hurd from Riverside wrote on April 29, 2020 at 4:30 pm:
It wasn't too long ago, probably February, when I ran into Nancy at Shaw's (the Riverside meeting place) and we caught up on each other's lives. I have known Nancy and her sister Beverly my entire life from St. Mark's Church.My heart goes out to Bethany, John, and Craig, .My thoughts and prayers are with all of you and so are the thoughts and prayers of my sons.