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Myrtle Virginia (MacDonald) Connolly was a beloved wife, mother, and grandmother during her incredible 100 years of life. She passed away peacefully into heaven on the morning of Monday, December 6, 2021. Beautiful Myrtle was born the fourth daughter, in the dining room of the family home, on September 22, 1921, in South Weymouth, as the daughter of Ronald A. MacDonald and Sarah A. (Hall) MacDonald.
Myrtle met her wonderful Husband, the late William P. J. Connolly, on a blind date. Before they married, William was shipped off to Australia for World War II, and Myrtle was a look out for foreign airplanes in San Diego, California. After the war, the couple moved back to Massachusetts, and were married for 52 years. Although William predeceased her, her love for her “Bud” never waned.
Myrtle was a graduate of Weymouth high school following in the footsteps of her three older sisters whom she adored. She was a kind, compassionate, outgoing and a gracious person, who loved life. Myrtle relished having fun, enjoyed lots of adventures, like traveling with her husband and family. At the age of 83 she donned a wetsuit for a helmet dive in Aruba, and in her 90’s celebrated her birthday with a motorcycle ride with her son-in-law. She thoroughly enjoyed dancing, singing, music, laughing, parades, the ocean, and most importantly being with her family and friends. We couldn’t spend a minute with her without her telling us how much she loved us, how beautiful she thought we were, and how proud she was of us. Her hands were always busy cooking and baking, she was an accomplished seamstress, an avid knitter/crocheter, loved to play cards and board games – she played an especially mean game of Scrabble. She was intelligent, had a solid love for reading and was a talented poet, all in addition to raising a beautiful, loving family. She was a devout Catholic, having converted prior to her marriage with Bud.
On her 100th birthday celebration, Myrtle was honored to receive a hearty “Congratulations” from the Massachusetts House of Representatives upon becoming a centenarian, presented by Representative, Kathleen LaNatra. She also received recognition and congratulations from the White House for such an amazing accomplishment. Proud of her Scottish heritage, Myrtle was given the Honorary title Lady of Glencoe of Scotland as a gift from her daughter Janet and husband Lester.
Myrtle is survived by her three daughters, Linda Greenwood and her husband George; Patricia Best and her husband Vincent, Janet Dole and her husband Lester. Blessed with five grandchildren: Kristen Greenwood and her partner James Peltier, Danielle Greenwood and her partner David Sore, Trevor Best and his wife Stacie, Kimberly Ford and her husband John, Jennifer Vey and her husband Trevor; ten Great grandchildren and five Great-great grandchildren. She will be deeply missed by her loving family. Myrtle would always say she had a wonderful life. Her family would say they treasured her, and their lives are wonderful because of her, as there is no better feeling than being around someone that loves you unconditionally.
Services for Myrtle are in the care of C. C. Shepherd Funeral Home in Weymouth and will be private for Myrtle’s family. To sign the online guestbook please visit www.CCShepherd.com. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Cranberry Hospice. Checks can be sent to Cranberry Hospice 36 Cordage Park Circle, Suite 326, Plymouth, MA 02360 (508) 746-0215 in memory of Myrtle Connolly.
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