BEVERLY — Lois (Wilkinson) Macdonald, 82, passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 29, 2014, surrounded by her loving family.
Lois and Robert Macdonald had shared 60 years of marriage, and together they had eight children, 19 grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren, with three more on the way. Her children include Susan Lucia and her husband, Rodney, Bruce Macdonald and his wife, Diane, the late Patricia Macdonald, William Macdonald and his wife, Susan, Nancy Banks and her husband, Paul, Lawrence Macdonald and his wife, Beth, Deborah Napier and her husband, Thomas, and Amy Pasquarello and her husband, Daniel; grandchildren, David Macdonald and his wife, Dawn, Ryan Lucia and his wife, Johanna, Kristin Simpson and her husband, Dushawn, Elizabeth Mullady, and her husband, John, Marc Macdonald and his wife, Kimi, Alison Macdonald, Matthew Macdonald, Jennifer Banks and her fiancé, Travis, Meghan Napier, Patricia Banks, Jessica Napier, Thomas Banks, Ashley Macdonald, R.J. Macdonald, Shannon Napier, Cate Pasquarello, Harrison Macdonald, Abigail Pasquarello, and Hannah Pasquarello; and great-grandchildren, Riley Macdonald, Jayden Simpson, Lily Macdonald, Jack Mullady, Jordon Simpson, and William Lucia. Lois was predeceased by her parents, Lewis and Florence Wilkinson; and her brothers, Bruce and Jeff Wilkinson.
She was a lifelong Beverly resident, and graduated from Beverly High School in 1950. Lois returned to college and graduated from Salem State College in 1984, at the age of 52. Lois was an avid reader, a Jeopardy star, and a creative writer. She was proud to have had several articles printed in local and college newspapers. Her home at One Gary Court was the meeting place for family to gather. You were always made to feel welcome in her home, as she loved being surrounded by her family and friends.
In her later years, Lois and her husband, Bob, enjoyed traveling, dances at Vittori Rocci Post, and lunch at the Weathervane. Her mantra, “Love One Another,” was written over her kitchen sink. Lois will be remembered for her profound words of wisdom, great sense of humor and welcoming smile.
ARRANGEMENTS: A funeral Mass will be celebrated at Saint John the Evangelist Church, 111 New Balch Street, Beverly, on Thursday, at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visiting hours at the Campbell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot Street, Beverly, are on Wednesday, from 4 to 8 p.m. Burial will be in Saint Mary’s Cemetery, Beverly. Information, directions, or condolences at www.campbellfuneral.com.