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Joan Parent

Joan B. (Donahue) Parent, 86, a lifelong Lowell resident, passed away Friday, May 27, 2022, at High Pointe Hospice House. She was the beloved widow of the late Leo A. Parent with whom she had shared 45 years of marriage prior to his death in 2002.

A daughter of the late John and the late Mary (Lupold) Donahue, she was born October 23, 1935, in Lowell and was raised and educated in Tewksbury and Notre Dame Academy in Tyngsboro. She then attended Lowell State Teachers’ College.

Teaching was her passion and she loved every day she got to brighten the lives of all the students she encountered over her long career. She worked at the Reilly Elementary School in Lowell for more than thirty years. She also taught at the Sullivan Middle School, prior to her retirement in 2000. In addition, family was her center. She loved her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren with her whole heart and soul.

Her survivors include her children, Joanne Chapman-Louis and her husband, Harry, of Maine, Diane Litton and her husband, Nicholas, of Falmouth, Marianne Parent of Lowell, and Leo Parent and his wife, Anne, of Byfield; her beloved grandchildren and great grandchildren; her brother, George Donahue of Vermont; and nieces and nephews as well as the many friends she made throughout her lifetime.

You are invited to Her Funeral Mass on Wednesday at 12 p.m. at IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH, 144 East Merrimack Street, Lowell. Burial will follow at St. Mary Cemetery. Arrangements by the MAHONEY FUNERAL HOME, 187 Nesmith Street, 978-452-6361. Please find us on Facebook or leave your condolences here on our website.


  • Donna Howes Posted May 29, 2022 7:38 am

    To the entire Parent family thinking of you but most importantly you are in my prayers during this time. Marianne someday in heaven right next to your mother you have a set spot. The care that you provided for your mother will always have a spiritual place between only you and your mother. I will miss a teacher, mentor, friend, and all the maternal love that she showed me once my mother had passed. So much comfort knowing that my mother and Mrs. Parent have reunited to share the beautiful friendship they once had here on earth and exist now in heaven.
    Love, Donna

  • Liz & Tom Stanton Posted May 30, 2022 2:21 pm

    Our sincere condolences on your mother’s passing. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Lois & Nick Nardo Posted May 31, 2022 1:45 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Michele and Don Parent Posted June 1, 2022 11:52 am

    So very sorry to hear of the passing of your beloved Mother. We remember how we enjoyed the times when we would make our annual visits and the whole family would be together. We know you have wonderful memories of the special woman she was and how much she loved you all. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families. Love, Michele and Don as well as Steve and his family.

  • Rick and Judi Shea Posted June 2, 2022 8:29 pm

    To the entire Parent family. Joan will be sorely missed at the lake. She (as well as Leo) was a constant fixture there. Nose always in a book. Cheerful greetings. We are glad #3 will remain in the family. You all will be in our thoughts and prayers. God speed that she is home at last.

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