Donna C. Dunphy

October 27, 1950February 15, 2021

Donna Claire Dunphy (70) of Buzzards Bay, former resident of Scituate and Attleboro, passed away peacefully on February 15th, following a brief illness. The daughter of Walter S. and Helen L. Hayward of Scituate. Donna is survived by her two children, Denise Carpenter (Tim) of North Easton, MA and Michael Dunphy (Kelly) of Plymouth, MA. She was a proud grandmother to Jackson Carpenter, Lillian Carpenter, Chase Dunphy and Noah Dunphy. She is also survived by her identical twin, Dianne DeWitt of Bow, NH and sisters Ella Mae Hope of Fall River, MA, Susan Blanton of Brewster, MA, and her brother, Robert Gray of Springfield, MA. Donna was predeceased by siblings Elizabeth Hayward, Paul Hayward, Lydie Jean Dunphy, Claire Logue and Arthur Cross. Donna was a devoted Aunt to many nieces and nephews.

Donna graduated Scituate High School in 1969. She was employed at John Hancock Life Insurance prior to raising her family. She later had a career in retail sales for many years. Donna loved the beach, gardening, dancing, time with friends and long conversations over coffee. She was a writer with a tremendous talent for writing poetry. Donna was happiest spending time with family, especially her grandchildren; whom she adored. Donna will be remembered for her gift of storytelling, her beautiful hand knit presents she made for her grandchildren, being a loyal, caring friend and her fierce love for her children.

A visitation will take place on Monday February 22, 2021 from 10am-12pm at Richardson-Gaffey Funeral Home, 382 First Parish Road, Scituate MA 02066 followed by a Funeral Service at 12pm.


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Laura Dunphy O’Grady

March 18, 2021

Dear Aunts Ella, Diane and Susan,

I was so saddened to hear of Donna’s passing. I wish that I had learned before the services so that I could have made my condolences personally.

I am grateful that Donna and I were able to reconnect and reconcile during the past several years, and put the past behind us where it belongs. She was a good person and my biggest hope is that she found some years of happiness. I’m also grateful that I was able to say goodbye, in a way, while she was in the hospital for her aneurysm surgeries. We spent some lovely hours talking about grandpa and you all, and the times that were good. Unfortunately she was not completely aware at all times, but at others she was, and understood that the past is water under the bridge, as it should be. I have great empathy for Donna and hope that she is at peace.

I’ve tried to contact each of you as well, unsuccessfully- if you’d like to reconnect I can be reached at Again, I am very sorry for your loss.

Dianne DeWitt

February 18, 2021

To my twin sister Donna . I never thought our journey together would end so soon. You were my beloved sister a friend , a buddy, and playmate when we were young kids. We enjoyed the beach , tennis, dancing, ice skating and most of all just being sisters most of the time. I will never forget all the times you and I confused Dad and Mom, our teachers, friends, and even our boyfriends from time to time. My own children at times would get mixed up as well. Donna your are my best friend, Kind, caring, loving , supportive and supper funny. You could make a joke out of almost anything. Oh how I shall miss our times together. You shall forever be in my heart to stay. When I look in the mirror I will see your smile looking back at me from time to time. When I am lonely I will listen for your voice to whisper hello on occasion. I shall feel your presence in the wind at the different time of each season. Yellow roses will remind me of you. I shall wait to met up with you again until it is my time to journey home to my Heavenly Father. I know you shall be there to greet me. Today my heart aches for you and my sorrow overcomes me You left to soon then I ever could of ever expected. I know you had to go Donna. I am very grateful you did not linger long. Your my dear sweet sister and your were you belong , for that I am grateful. Know more suffering Donna. Go ahead and dance , laugh, sing and continue on to be loved by your Heavenly Father. Enjoy seeing family and friends. I will join you when it is my time to arrive to be with you and our family and our friends. Until then I will only say Donna , See you later alligator not for a while crocodile. I am not yet ready to say a final goodbye to my twin and best friend. When I am ready to see you again it will be hello to my twin and my best friend. Grateful that you kept watch over me your twin sister. Until we met again.

Always and Forever Love,
Dianne ( DeWitt - Hayward )

Dottie Berg

February 18, 2021

Donna and I worked at John Hancock Insurance Company many many years ago. She was always caring about her family members and went out of her way to extend a helping hand when they needed one. I was always a welcomed guest at her home in Scituate. No matter how much time elapsed I could always pick up the phone and continue our conversation from the past. After Donna's hospitalization I was so pleased when I called her and she knew who I was. How sad I was to hear of her passing but happy to know Donna is at peace. Love you always, Donna.
Your loving friend,
Dottie Berg


Martha Stahl

February 18, 2021

She was my friend and someone you could call on for advice. We grew up together along with her sister Dianne and later on graduated together. Then we lost contact with each other. I've got so many fond memories of hanging out and getting ready for dances at your house on Mordecail Lincoln Road. I will miss you!! RIP you'll forver be remembered. Love Martha