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Beverly H. Donohue

August 17, 2018

Beverly H. DonohueBeverly H. Donohue, 88, of Academy Street, a registered nurse and widow of Paul Francis Donohue, passed away on Friday afternoon, August 17, 2018, in her home under the care of her family, caregivers, and Hospice.

Born on May 22, 1930, she was the second of three children born to Isabel LaPier Hodge and Gordon Hodge.

After being named valedictorian of her 1947 Watertown High School class, Beverly entered the House of Good Samaritan nurses' training program. On August 14, 1950 she eloped and married Paul F. Donohue in Carthage, NY, keeping it a secret because nursing training, at that time, prohibited marriage. Beverly graduated from the House of Good Samaritan nursing program in 1951 and worked at the hospital until 1958 when she quit to stay home with her children.

She was active in the altar guild for 60 years, first at St Paul's Episcopal Church and later at Holy Family Church, where she was also a member of its Celebration Singers. With her husband Paul, she was a presenter at weekend seminars for World Wide Marriage Encounter, the world's largest pro-marriage organization, from 1973 to 1980. Beverly also played bridge in a bridge club, quilted with the North Country Quilt Guild, served as an enthusiastic election poll worker, and attended the Watertown Home Bureau.

Beverly is survived by her brother, Charles Hodge, of Santa Ana, California, two sons and their wives, Marc D. Donohue and Lila Tarmin, of Baltimore, MD and Ryan P. Donohue and Laurie Ann Davidson, Watertown; two daughters, Kelly Anne Donohue Babcock Colton and husband Larry M. Colton of Watertown, and Leslie Hodge Donohue Guerci and husband, Alan D., Sea Cliff, Long Island and Sackets Harbor; thirteen grandchildren, Paul, Megan, Ian, T. J., Bree, Ian, Keara, Seth, Adam, John, Aubri, Benjamyn, and Jennafir, thirteen great grandchildren; and several nieces nephews, and cousins. She was predeceased by her husband, Paul F. Donohue, a pressman at the Watertown Daily Times for 35 years, her sister Mary Lou Hodge Hall of Little Rock, Arkansas, her half-sister, Ruth C. Kipp, her half-brothers, Albert Hodge, Francis (Stub) Hodge, all of Watertown, and son-in-law, R. Timothy Babcock.

Calling Hours will be held at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc. on Friday, August 24, from 6:30 to 8:00pm. The funeral service will be at the funeral home on Saturday, August 25, at 10:00am with Fr. Steven Murray officiating, followed by burial in Glenwood Cemetery. Donations may be made to Hospice of Jefferson County 1398 Gotham Street Watertown, New York 13501. Online condolences to her family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com.


#6 Ed Kemp 2018-08-23 09:48
Bev was such an awesome person. It was very difficult to watch her decline.
My fondest memories of Bev are of her and Nellie House decorating the altar at Holy Family for high holy days. Bev steadied the ladder for little Nellie.
I've missed seeing her in her usual spot at Holy Family these last few months. Her kind and loving ways will never be forgotten.
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#5 Nancy J. Murphy 2018-08-22 10:51
I was so sorry to hear about Beverly's passing. Now there are only four of us from that generation. I am looking forward to meeting all of you next summer at the Hodge reunion in Sackets Harbor. FYI, my daughter, JoEllen, is working on the get together.
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#4 Diantha Lavoie 2018-08-22 10:11
I have many fond memories of Bev at Holy Family Church. She was a very loving person plus a hard worker. Prayers are with her family.
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#3 Joe Ward 2018-08-22 09:54
My sincerest condolences to you Leslie and your brothers and sister. I do remember your mother as a very forgiving and loving back in the late 60's and early 70's. May she and your Dad rest in peace together now.......
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#2 Cindy Vincent 2018-08-20 09:10
I had great pleasure in taking care of Bev . We had some fun times together before she was really bad she was a fighter to the end. Her daughter Kelly and son Ryan were awesome with her and all her caregivers they were loving and caring. Her nurse Anna from hospice was amazing with Bev. I’m going to miss her so very much I loved her like a mom and took care of her as I would my own mother!! I love you Bev!! Rest In Peace! I love her family as well!
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#1 Kevan Houghmaster 2018-08-20 08:31
Bev was a good person. I enjoyed being one of her caregivers. RIP
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