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Frances Barbara (Davis) MacDonald

November 28, 1935 ~ December 16, 2023 (age 88) 88 Years Old

Frances MacDonald Obituary

Salisbury, Massachusetts – Frances Barbara (Davis) MacDonald, passed peacefully Saturday, December 16, 2023 with her family members close by. Born in Bradford, Massachusetts on November 28, 1935, she was the daughter of the late Roland “Whitey” and Barbara (Frascone) Davis, and grew up in Newburyport, Massachusetts. She was married to her beloved husband, the late Howard J. MacDonald Jr. for 63 years, raising their family in Salisbury, and for many years spent the winter months in their Barefoot Bay, Florida residence. Frances, well known as “Nana,” “Ging” and “Franny,” was employed by Sailor Bill’s Restaurant in Salisbury, Towle Silversmiths in Newburyport, and Walmart in Seabrook, New Hampshire. She was loved deeply, widely respected, thrived in challenging work, had a generous heart, and loved spending time with her family. Together, Frances and Howard passed down strong family values, building lasting foundations of happy and loving households. 

Frances is survived by her four sons, Michael and wife Laurie of Alexandria, Virginia, Mark and wife Jill of Salisbury, Matthew and wife Cheryl of Chelmsford, Massachusetts and Miles and wife Cali of Seabrook, New Hampshire; nine grandchildren, Michael Jr, Eddie, Matthew Jr, Kayla, Max, Mason, Camden, Kyler, Maverick, and seven great-grandchildren, Adam, Michael III, Easton, Landon, Maren, Elizabeth, and Rory, many nieces, nephews and dear friends.  She is also survived by her brothers George Davis and Everett “Chip” Davis Jr. Her sisters Natalie Cavanaugh, Barbara Janvrin and Josephine “Snookie” Poulin preceded her in death.

A wonderful wife, mother, loving grandmother, great-grandmother, and aunt, she will forever hold an incredibly special place in their hearts. To honor a life well lived with a gift that grows for generations to come, please consider a donation of a Memorial Tree on Frances’ obituary page on

A private service with family and friends will be held at 10 AM on January 10, 2024 at Twomey, LeBlanc & Conte Funeral Home 193 High St. Newburyport, MA 01950, followed by burial for Frances and Howard at the Hillside Cemetery in Seabrook.

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Private Services

Twomey, LeBlanc, & Conte
193 High Street
Newburyport, MA 01950

Private burial.

Hillside Cemetery
28 Lafayette Road
Seabrook, NH 03874


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