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“Tom and I have many many happy memories of times spent together with Myrtle and Eddie at Star Island where Myrtle tended the gardens while Eddie...Read More »
1 of 5 | Posted by: Susy and Tom Mansfield - NH

“Pearl, my sincere condolenses to you and family for a very special angel that will be missing from the family named myrtle called myrt . I always...Read More »
2 of 5 | Posted by: Jeanette Foley - Rockland, PA

“Myrtle was a part of my Star Island memories from the time I was a small child. She and her beloved Eddie were there frequently, volunteering and...Read More »
3 of 5 | Posted by: Deb Weiner Soule - Lexington, MA

“I was a Pelican at Star Island when Myrtle and Ed were mentors for us. Ed saved many refrigerators and Myrtle volunteered for so many things I can't...Read More »
4 of 5 | Posted by: Janet and Don Cann - Rockland, MA

“Miss you every day...To walk into your room and see you smile, to walk over and hug you all the time, the longest hugs ever.You always made me smile...Read More »
5 of 5 | Posted by: Melinda Boley - Plymouth, MA


Myrtle S. (Howell) Donohue 101, wife of the late Erwin E. Sanford and Edward C. Donohue, died on August 21, 2010 at the Norwell Knoll Nursing Center. Mrs. Donohue was born in Beverly, MA in 1908 daughter of the late Herbert and Lillian (Andrews) Howell. She graduated from Salem High School in 1926 and was a long time resident of the Salem and Danvers area.
During World war II she was employed at the Lynn G.E. Defense Plant, Air craft Engines Division. She was always proud of her participation, along with all of the other women of her generation who joined the war effort learning new skills so that they could fill the many important jobs vacated by the men who were called to military service.
Myrtle was also a member of the Civilian Defense Corps and taught first aid at the Salem Red Cross Center. She was an avid music lover and sang with the Handel and Hayden Society in Boston for many years.
Mrs. Donohue was a Life Member of the Auxiliary of North Shore Children’s Hospital. She enjoyed knitting for the children and was lovingly know as the “Mitten Angel.”
She was a member of the First Parish Church in Salem and Norwell. One of her great joys in life was her association with the Star Island Conference Center, Isle of Shoals, NH. Along with her husband Ed, they spent over 40 years during the summers helping with improvements and beautification of their beloved “Star.” Mrs. Donohue was a member Emeritus of the Star Island Corporation.
She is survived by her daughter, Pearl Farley-Jayko of Norwell, two grandchildren, Ellen Boley of Marshfield and John Farley and his wife Martha of Chapel Hill, NC, three great grandchildren, Melinda Boley of Plymouth, Andrew and Zachary Farley of NC, a nephew Larry Blanchard and two nieces Gail Blanchard and Pamela St. Pierre all of Salem. She was also the sister of the late Gladys Herlihy and Herbert J. Howell, Jr.
Myrtle’s family welcomes friends and loved ones to celebrate her life at a Memorial Service on Saturday, September 11, 2010 at the First Parish Church 24 River St. in Norwell at 11:00 AM.
In lieu of flowers donations in her memory may be made to the First Parish Organ Restoration Fund, 24 River St. Norwell, MA 02061.
The Magoun-Biggins Funeral Home 135 Union St. ROCKLAND has been honored to serve Mrs. Donohue’s family