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.