Obituaries

Donna J. (Avey) Gosnell

September 11th, 2013

Donna J. (Avey) Gosnell, age 64, of Wilmington, died unexpectedly on September 10, 2013, at the Winchester Hospital.

Donna was born in Somerville, MA, on October 30, 1948, she was the cherished daughter of the late Bernard and Arline (Murray) Avey.  She was raised and educated in Somerville and a graduate of Somerville High School.

Donna married the “love of her life” Thomas D. Gosnell in 1968, following his return from active duty in the Navy.  The couple lived in Somerville for several years before moving to Wilmington in 1973, where they raised their wonderful children.  Donna loved her family unconditionally; she was a devoted wife for more than 40 years and an “awesome mother”.  Donna enjoyed family holidays, celebrations, and just “hanging out” at home.  When Donna became a “Nana” she cherished that role, she treasured the time spent with her grandchildren, and was anxiously awaiting the birth of her new granddaughter due this December.

Donna was a hard worker, she spent many years as the Assistant Manager for the Lowell Five Bank and more recently she was employed at Lahey Clinic.  Donna’s pleasant and friendly personality always made her customers feel welcomed.

In her spare time, Donna loved to read, go to bingo and Foxwoods, go shopping, and she enjoyed dinner out with family and friends.  Donna was well known for her “sweet tooth”, always sharing her treats.

Donna will be fondly remembered for her devotion to her family and friends, she was sweet, caring, loving, and will be greatly missed by all.

Donna was the beloved wife of the late Thomas D. Gosnell, Sr., devoted mother of Thomas D. Gosnell, Jr. and his wife Betty of Columbus, NC, Laura J. Holmes and her husband Robert E. III, of Wilmington, and David M. Gosnell of North Reading.  Loving “Nana” of Samantha, Angela, and Thomas D. Gosnell III, Kendra Scott, and Kassandra Walsh, “Great Nana” of Dylan Gosnell, dear sister of Bernard Avey, Jr. and his wife Janice of Burlington, Donna is also survived survived by many nieces, nephews, dear friends and neighbors.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Friday, September 13th for Visitation from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.  Immediately followed by a Funeral Service at 2:00 p.m.  Interment to follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.  Memorial donations in Donna’s name may be made to the Joslin Diabetes Center, Attn:  Development Office, 1 Joslin Place, Boston, MA  02215.

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5 Entries in Guest Book for “Donna J. (Avey) Gosnell”

  1. Virginia says:

    Laura words cannot express how sad I was to hear of your Mother’s passing. I will certainly miss her especially on Satuday at bingo where I met You and her a few years ago where you both mentored me in how to play the game. My condolences goes out to all her family and may the Lord welcome her home with open arms.

    Virginia

  2. Laura Sultan says:

    I am shocked and sad to hear of the passing of Donna. I worked with Donna at Lowell Five Bank. She was the most kind, wonderful person I have ever met. Donna and her husband Tom had the most amazing relationship and love story…Donna you will be missed by everyone…may you now rest in peace with your beloved Tom….

  3. Ellie Clarke says:

    I just learned of Donna’s passing last night and was so saddened by the news. Donna and I were childhood friends and continued our friendship after her marriage. Tom was a wonderful man who always made me feel like a special guest during my visits. We lost contact with each other for many years and I was so happy a few years ago when Donna started joining Mary and myself for dinner again. Our get togethers won’t be the same without her. I will miss her and will hold Donna and her family in my prayers daily. Heaven has a new Angel!

  4. Maureen Rene Tracy Merullo says:

    I was very sad to learn of Donnas passing. Many miles and time have passed. She was my best friend in High school, I was with her the night she met Tom. I was beside her when as her witness when she married Tom. She was a wonderful person and I will think of her often. My regards and prayers to her family are this sad time. Sincerely, Maureen Merullo…rene tracy

  5. Amanda says:

    Laura,
    Words can’t express what you feel right now. I am so sorry for your loss. I just want you to know if you need anything do not hesitate to call or even come over I know what you are going through.we are all here for you.

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