F. Miriam Donegan, 1918 – 2018

F. Miriam Donegan
F. Miriam Donegan, 1918 – 2018. Photo provided

SPRINGFIELD, Vt. – F. Miriam Donegan, 99, passed away Sunday night, July 22, 2018 at the Gill Odd Fellows Home in Ludlow, Vt. She was born Sept. 2, 1918 in Saint Stephen New Brunswick, Canada, the daughter of Charles P. and Alice L. (Cahill) Hayman.

In 1922, her family moved to Bradford, Mass., then to Rowley, Mass., where she attended elementary school. She graduated from Manning High School in Ipswich, Mass., class of 1936. She later graduated from Salem State College in 1941.

After graduation, she began her teaching career at Shatswell and Winthrop schools in Ipswich, Mass.

On March 27, 1943, she married Lieutenant John F. Donegan and followed him to bases in Mississippi and California. After World War II in 1946, Miram and John moved to Springfield, Vt. where she has resided since.

She worked as a substitute teacher in the Springfield school system for 24 years, retiring in 1982. After retirement, she and her husband traveled to Maine, Cape Cod, and Florida with friends.

She served as a member of the Springfield Planning Committee for two years and was a member of the Home Demonstration Club for several years. She always enjoyed feeding and watching “her” birds, gardening, and doing crossword puzzles.

Her most special times have been spent with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her three children J. Richard Donegan and wife Nancy of Litchfield, N.H., David C. Donegan and wife Gina of Groton, N.H., and Jane Canale and her husband Pat formerly of Connecticut; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband John F. Donegan May 28, 2011.

Friends may call at the Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield, Vt., Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018 from 11 a.m. to noon. A memorial service will be held at noon at Davis Memorial Chapel. Reverend Gerry Piper will officiate. Burial will follow in the Oakland Cemetery in Springfield, Vt.

Memorial donations may be made to the Springfield Humane Society, 401 Skitchewaug Trail, Springfield, VT 05156.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Davis Memorial Chapel in Springfield, Vt.

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