Nancy J. (Corn) Donahue

March 7, 2023

Nancy Donahue Obituary

Nancy Jean (Corn) Donahue, 76, of Worcester, died Tuesday, March 7, 2023 at St. Vincent Hospital.  

Nancy leaves three children, Bill Donahue, Karen Bellerose and Paul Donahue, all of Worcester; her son-in-law Doug Mathews of Worcester; 14 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, cousins, and her beloved cat Ginger. She was predeceased by her husband of 51 years, William Donahue, daughter, Lori Mathews and her son, John Donahue. Nancy and William also helped raise 13 foster children.  

She was born in Worcester, daughter of Emerson E. and Nellie M. (Copeland) Corn. She attended North High School.

Nancy worked for many years as a front-end manager for grocery markets in Worcester. As names of the stores changed, with Whitman’s Supermarkets becoming Big D and then Price Chopper, Nancy gained the respect, trust, and fondness of those around her. She was a mentor for many and made an ever-lasting impact in the industry.

Nancy, or "Nina" as she was called by her grandchildren and great grandchildren, truly had a heart of gold. A genuine, gentle soul who loved making connections wherever she went. She never complained and was always willing to offer a helping hand if she could. Her words of wisdom and unwavering support will never be forgotten.

Nancy enjoyed sprucing up her gardens over the years, dining out at local restaurants, hosting countless cookouts where everyone was welcome, fulfilling her grandmotherly duties, as well as partaking in the occasional beach day. A jokester at times, she was more-than-willing to be in the spotlight if it resulted in bursting laughter. Her sense of humor was like no other and was unapologetically fearless.

Nancy touched the lives of many, and we are so thankful for knowing and loving her.

Calling hours will be at the Athy Memorial Home, 111 Lancaster St., Worcester on Saturday, March 18 from Noon to 2:00 p.m. Burial will be at a future date and private.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Second Chance Animal Shelter, 111 Young Road East Brookfield, MA 01515.

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March 18, 2023

12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Athy Memorial Home
111 Lancaster Street
Worcester, MA 01609


Second Chance Animal Shelter
111 Young Road, East Brookfield MA 01515
Tel: 1-508-867-5525


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