Donna J. Lord

Date of Passing:

May 18, 2024

Donna J. Lord (Murphy), 77, of Rounds Avenue, Riverside, died peacefully on May 18, 2024, at Hope Health Hospice & Palliative Care, Providence, surrounded by her loving family. She was the beloved wife of the late Stephen E. Lord.

Born in Providence, a daughter of the late William and Margaret (Carr) Murphy, she lived in Riverside for many years.

Mrs. Lord was a kindergarten teacher at Alice M. Waddington Elementary School, Riverside for 40 years.

Donna was a communicant of St. Brendan’s Church and former member of the church choir.

She enjoyed playing the piano, sewing and dancing.

She is survived by a son, Scott W. Lord and his wife Melissa of Cranston and a daughter, Stacy E. Wulff and her husband John of Waterbury, VT; two sisters, Susan Caswell of Lincoln and Sharon Murphy of Tiverton and four grandchildren.

Her Calling Hours will be held on Saturday May 25, 2024 in the W. RAYMOND WATSON FUNERAL HOME, 350 Willett Avenue, Riverside from 1-3 p.m.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday May 28, 2024 in St. Brendan Church, Turner Avenue, Riverside at 10 a.m.

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  1. So sorry for your loss, Donna was such a sweet soul and her great love for her family was apparent to everyone who met her.

  2. What a beautiful soul! She was a wonderful teacher and parishioner of St Brendans Church. So glad Mrs. Lord is finally with her beloved husband, Steven after all these years of being apart. May she rest in peace!

  3. What a beautiful soul! She was a wonderful teacher and parishioner of St Brendans Church. May she rest in peace! So glad Mrs. Lord is finally with her beloved husband, Steven after all these years of being apart. May she rest in peace!

  4. Sharon, Ray and I are so sorry to hear of your sister’s passing. We would have been at her services but we were away in Maine.
    Seeing that she was in hospice we are hoping that she is no longer suffering and is at peace.
    Hoping to see you and Greg over the summer so we can catch up. Miss seeing you, Carol and Ray

  5. I am so sorry to see of Donna’s passing. I worked with her at Waddington, and even had the pleasure of being in her classroom at times. There were many chats in the teachers lounge. Her favorite seat was on the couch being nice and comfy. She was an outstanding teacher!!

  6. Donna had both of my boys for kindergarten and that is where they had the beginning of what they would be in their careers. I will always remember that. I will also remember how I had the pleasure of working with Donna when I was an aide at Waddington. Prayers to both Scott and Stacey. Donna will be up singing with the angels bless you.

  7. My deepest sympathy to Donna’s family. I’ve known Donna since high school. She was an outstanding educator and a very caring person with a sharp sense of humor!

  8. Donna was a caring and very generous person. I came to know Donna through her late husband, Steve, and enjoyed our relationship. RIP

  9. My daughter had Donna for kindergarten, and loved going to school every day. Donna was kind, patient and loved her students. May her memory live on through all the lives she impacted.

  10. Please accept my condolences.

  11. Dear Stacey and Scott,
    My deepest sympathy for the loss of your dear mom, Donna. I have so many great memories teaching with her! Donna was a kind and patient kindergarten teacher for my own children.
    She was so proud of you both, and her grandchildren!
    Remember all of our fun dance experiences too!
    A lovely lady that will be missed.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.
    Jo-Ann Donnelly

  12. Donna was such a wonderful and caring person, I met Donna at Waddington School where we were coworkers! I was a first grade teacher and Donna taught Kindergarten. We were always back and forth with our students, her Kindergarteners were always well prepared for first grade !! Sending my deepest sympathy to Scott and Stacy !! Rest easy Donna and may your memory be eternal!!

  13. Donna was such a a wonderful person and educator. It was always a pleasure to receive her kindergarten students to my first grade class. We had a family growing up at the same age during our teaching career and experienced many enjoyable times together. My deepest sympathy to her family especially to Scott and Stacey. Cherish your special memories.

  14. Dear Stacey and family,

    My deepest sympathy to you on the loss of your dear mom. Mrs. Kavanagh and I would see her often at Farnsworth Cafe and remember all the fun times at Bay View.

    Please know that Donna will be in my prayers with all of you. May she rest in peace in God’s loving embrace.

    God bless,
    Diane Gualtieri

  15. On behalf of the EBRTA I’d like to extend our heartfelt sympathy on the death of Donna. She was a member and attended many of our luncheon meetings. I also knew Donna from St Teresa’s many years ago along with her twin sisters. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.

  16. My daughters both had Donna as a teacher and she was so kind. I am a PT and worked with her in her home. She was a fighter! And will be missed!

  17. My parents tell me all the time that they were SO MAD that Mrs Lord had given me, a 5 year old kindergartner, a Rhode Island accent! I would imitate her at home with glowing adoration. Theres something deeper there for sure…

    Sending love and peace to the family. I will always remember her fondly.

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