Jean (Kennedy) Donaldson
August 15, 1925 – April 5, 2018
BEVERLY, MA - Margaret Jean Kennedy Donaldson, or Jean, known to most, age 92, died peacefully at home surrounded by loved ones on April 5, 2018.
Jean was born August 15, 1925 in Westerly, RI daughter of John and Jeanne Anne (Cowie) Kennedy. Jean was married to her beloved and late husband, Jim Donaldson. They lived in East Providence, RI where they raised their three children, Doug, William (Bill), and Joanne. She and Jim, together with their children, attended Bethany Gospel Chapel in Swansea, MA where she developed many dear and lasting friendships. Jean worked as a Licensed Practical Nurse for many years performing private duty and nursing home care. She and Jim later moved to Beverly, MA to live with their daughter, son-in-law, and three grandsons where they became active participants at North Shore Community Baptist Church, 9 Hart St., in Beverly Farms, MA 01915.
Jean enjoyed gardening, entertaining family and friends, and home decorating. Above all, Jean is notably honored and remembered for her devotion to Jesus Christ, believing in and daily living out the power of His love for her and all humankind both here and throughout all of eternity.
Jean will be missed and remembered by her two sons, Douglas J. Donaldson and wife Phebe of Waterford, CT; a grandson, Brian D. Donaldson and wife Jean of Westford, MA and 3 great-granddaughters; a granddaughter, Kristen L. Campbell and husband Gary of Waterford, CT; three great-grandsons and a great-granddaughter, William E. Donaldson, wife Libby, of Uxbridge, MA and a grandson, Kevin and a granddaughter, Julie and a daughter Joanne C. Ersing and husband Curtis and two grandsons, Benjamin Ersing and wife Jennifer, Evan Ersing and wife Nicole. Ben and Evan’s brother, Jonathan, unexpectedly joined his Nana in Heaven shortly after Jean’s passing.
There will be no calling hours. A memorial service will be held at the North Shore Community Baptist Church on Saturday April 14 at 11:00 am. All are welcome to come and celebrate Jean’s life.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Camp Berea, 68. Berea Rd., Hebron, NH 03241.
BEVERLY, MA – Jonathan Paul Ersing, or Jon, age 25, passed away unexpectedly on April 10th, 2018.
Jon was born on June 26th, 1992 in Beverly, MA to Dr. Curtis and Joanne Ersing. The Ersing family along with Jon’s siblings, Benjamin and Evan, lived in the North Shore area for the entirety of their childhood. Over the years, Jon became an active participant in the North Shore Community Baptist Church community as well as a beloved and widely recognized student in Beverly Public Schools system.
Jon loved many things as a child and among the most important to him were the sports he was involved in. He was a passionate participant on the YMCA special needs basketball team, and was a force to be reckoned with in the Beverly town soccer circuit. When Jon retired from his local athletic career, he developed a bold and stoic fandom for the New England Sports teams as well as THE Ohio State University Buckeyes.
In recent years, Jon has routinely attended NSCBC, and articulated to Curtis and Joanne that he wanted to be baptized. Jon lived a life of unconditional love and a joyful appreciation of all those he came in contact with. He truly lived out the Christian calling to love one’s neighbor as themselves. Jon had an undeniably profound impact on those around him in incomprehensible ways, and his love of others will be missed deeply.
Jon will forever be remembered by countless friends and family. A memorial service will be held at the North Shore Community Baptist Church on Saturday, April 14th at 11:00am. All are welcome to come and celebrate Jon’s life.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent on behalf of Jonathan to Bridgewell Autism Services or the Time Tebow Foundation’s program titled “A Night to Shine.” Further instruction is found below.
Thank you for standing by our family during this difficult time. Your thoughts, prayers, and support are greatly appreciated.
Bridgewell Autism Services. Donations can be mailed to Bridgewell, Attention: Development & Marketing, 10 Dearborn Road, Peabody, MA 01960 or online at https://www.bridgewell.org/online-donations
Tim Tebow Foundation on behalf of Jonathan. Please include Night to Shine in the memo as Jonathan was an honored king at three Night to Shine Proms and looked forward to it all year! Donations can be mailed to Tim Tebow Foundation, 2220 County Road 210 West, STE 108, PMB 317, Jacksonville, FL 32259 or online at https://www.timtebowfoundation.org/donate
- Graveside Service Friday, April 13, 2018
Jean (Kennedy) Donaldson
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April 14, 2018
Aunt Jean and her husband, Uncle Jim, were favorites of mine when growing up. Memories of visits to their home are vivid in my mind. I still remember the "sun room" off the living room where the radio/record player was and my brothers and I would sit and listen to songs like..."I'm inside out, right up right down, right happy all the time".....since Jesus Christ came in and cleansed my heart from sin...I'm inside out, right up right down, right happy all the time".
Aunt Jean was an amazing pianist. I can remember thinking she was the best pianist I had ever heard. I always hoped that someday I would be as good as she was!! (I'm not!!) I believe it was she who used to play the famous "Hymn Variations" which I absolutely loved and have tried to learn.
Bill & I pray that each of the family will be comforted by the "God of all comfort" and that you'll be encouraged to emulate the great woman that ...Mom..great grandma...grandma...aunt...friend that Jean Donaldson was throughout her entire life. What a legacy she has left! To God be the glory!
Aunt Jean loved the Lord and her life exemplified this fact. She was hospitable and was an amazing hostess. I pray that her life will be a role model to not just her children, but her grandchildren and great
grandchildren. (Corrine (Mizener) Warke
April 10, 2018
Faithful to the end. So important to me in earlier years, more important now in pondering memories.
Loving prayers for all who remain. Larry