CANNATA, Lillian Mary (MacDonald). Of Quincy, formerly of Dorchester, passed away on November 28, 2018 in Weymouth at the age of 96 years.
Beloved daughter of the late Alexander MacDonald and the late Louise MacDonald of Boston, and wife of the late Joseph Cannata of Dorchester.
Loving mother of Donald Cannata and his wife Koom of Honolulu, Karen Brown of Dorchester, Richard Cannata of Taunton, and Judith Lederman and her husband Barry of Sharon.
Cherished grandmother to Janel Brown, Glenn Brown, Joyce Silvia and her husband Andrew, Amy Fitzgerald and her husband Thomas, Andrea Cannata and her fiancé Anthony Vinciarelli, James Lederman, and Andrew Cannata.
Devoted great-grandmother to Amelia Silvia, Natalie Silvia, and Elena Vinciarelli.
Survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends.
Lillian was born on December 14, 1921 in Boston to Alexander and Louise MacDonald. Her fierce independent spirit, warm and approachable nature, inquisitive mind, and sharp wit were evident early in her life as a young girl and carried through her long life, into her final days. Lillian raised 4 children in Dorchester, while working at the Jordan Marsh department store in Boston. Her dedication to family and her work ethic were her hallmarks, characteristics that she passed down to her children. Lillian was a 25-year resident of 1000 Southern Artery in Quincy, where she was very involved in the community and theater troupe, making many life-long friends. Lillian also loved to read and learn, sparking her desire to see the world and experience other cultures. Lillian traveled extensively in Europe, Asia, the United States, and Puerto Rico. Lillian's unbridled curiosity, coupled with the open mind with which she approached all new situations and people, led to her living an enriched and full life. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her.
Family and friends will honor and remember Lillian's life by gathering for a memorial service in the Murphy Funeral Home, 1020 Dorchester Ave., DORCHESTER, on Saturday, December 8th, from 12:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Lillian's memory may be made to the Hospice of the South Shore, 30 Reservoir Park Drive, Rockland, MA 02370.
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