A longtime resident of Malden, passed away on Wednesday, September 27th, at Winchester Hospital. Donna was born in 1953, the daughter of Richard and Florence Kirby. She was raised and educated in Melrose, graduating from Melrose High School. In 1974, she married her sweetheart, Earle J. Lawson. They soon moved to Malden where they raised their three boys.
Donna was the owner and proprietor of Aunt D’s Crafts in Malden. She later took employment with the City of Malden’s Food Service. She worked for many years as a “lunch lady”, retiring around 20 years ago. She enjoyed turtles, crocheting, and needlepoint and loved to watch General Hospital. She is survived by her husband, Earle Lawson, her sons Shawn Lawson of Manchester, NH, James Lawson of Malden, and Jeffrey and wife Theresa Lawson of Saugus; Sisters, Joan Ferri of FL, Katherine Salerno of Malden, and Florence DiNozzi of Plainville, as well as her three grandchildren, Bailey, Hailey, and Connor.
Visitation was held in the Weir-MacCuish Golden Rule Funeral Home, Malden on Tuesday, Oct 3rd. Funeral services were held on Wednesday followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in the Immaculate Conception Church, Malden. In lieu of flowers, donations in Donna’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 3 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701.