ST. ALBANS — Laura E. O’Donnell, a longtime area resident, passed away peacefully early Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015, at the St. Johnsbury Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center. Laura was 95 years old.
She was born on Feb. 4, 1920, in Sheldon, the daughter of the late Akin B. and Zeldia (Goodman) Babbie. On Jan. 4, 1941, in Swanton, Laura married Lawrence R. O’Donnell, who preceded her in death on March 24, 2004.
Laura was a former communicant of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church and a life member of Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary. She was known by all for her generous, cheerful, caring nature.
She is survived by her sons, Patrick Michael O’Donnell and his wife, Kathleen, of North Hero, and Brent Anthony O’Donnell and his wife, Jan, of Barnet, as well as her eight grandchildren, Roxanne Corrow, Donald Cota, Scott Cota, Karen Shaneberger, Kevin O’Donnell, Kelly Bruneau, Jordan O’Donnell and Ruth O’Donnell. Laura is also survived by her nephew, Alan Barber and his wife Sally and niece, Marsha Weber, eleven great – grandchildren, one great great-grandson and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and her husband of 63 years, Laura was preceded in death by her daughter, Judith Ann Cota on Sept. 2, 1980; her brother, George Babbie and sisters, Clara Benjamin, Dora Barber, and Florence Skinner.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend calling hours on Friday, March 6, between 12 noon and 1 p.m. at the Heald Funeral Home, 87 South Main Street. A funeral service will be held on Friday, March 6 at 1 p.m. in the Heald Chapel with Father Brian J. O’Donnell officiating. Interment will happen this spring in the Babbie family lot in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Swanton.
Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the American Cancer Society (in remembrance of Laura’s daughter and father), 55 Day Lane, Williston, VT 05495. Messages of condolence to Laura’s family are welcome at www.healdfuneralhome.com.