2014-02-15 17.16.12
Donna Marie Tierney
  • 59 years old
  • Date of birth: Apr 4, 1954
  • Place of birth:
    Brighton, Massachusetts, United States
  • Date of passing: Jun 12, 2013
  • Place of passing:
    Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Let the memory of Donna be with us forever
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Donna Tierney, 59, born on April 4, 1954 and passed away on June 12, 2013. We will remember her forever.
Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Patricia Dupuis on 12th June 2017

"To my dearest Donna: It istill is a dream that you have died. I still feel your presence and I talk to you. You were such a kind person. You never forgot a birthday or Christmas.  Life is emptier for your childreb and  grandchildren as they miss you so much. I know when I talk to them, I can feel their heart talking.  You were loved so much. It is so hard to know that you left us four years ago. I still hear your voice, your laughter, your words and I know that I miss you. I know that I will probably be the next one to see you. I will hug you and tell you about everyone. I love you my friend. Pat."

This tribute was added by Lori Timinck on 4th April 2017

"Hello my friend,
Happy Birthday.I miss you everyday. Remembering you today and always I am so lucky for having known you and all the wonderful memories we had together.  I know you are an Angel watching over us.
Rest in peace.
Love you always. Lori"

This tribute was added by Celeste Smith on 21st August 2016

"I love and miss you Mom"

This tribute was added by Celeste Smith on 12th June 2016

"Mom I will never forget three years ago this am when they told me you were gone. I was forever changed If i could go nback to the peson i was before this terrible tragedy,i would be thrilled. i need you so much,i amnot the same numb,other traumas continued after you left that i finally just shut down. I know it's temporary but you were who i could always count on and the phone never rings and I never see your work number and your cell phone 774-240-6155. I wan't ready to lose you,it's unfair,too soon and any way is tough but there is too much i have to say and do it can't be real i tell myself.Tell Grampy and Nana that i loe and miss them so much.The third year has been hard. I check on John,haven't lately as I have been a shell of who i was i miss and love you so much,can't wait to see you.Because life has put me through the wringer even before you left. I died in side. I know in sme mysterious way you are around I love you Mom"

This tribute was added by Patricia Dupuis on 9th April 2016

"You have been gone for two years and it is very hard to know that I no longer have you.  I miss you terribly.  I know that your family is devastated that you died so suddenly.  I am grateful for the time we had together.  I loved having you for lunch so often. I loved your children completely.  I will always love you Donna."

This tribute was added by Celeste Smith on 3rd March 2016

"I miss you Mom ,Grampy's there now,I miss him too,Grandma went to be with you.I'm not the same I am trying to come back and I am slowly getting there,if you saw what happened after the dog bite,it would of broken your heart. When I see you again,it won't matter,the scars will be gone,inside and out. I hear songs and the girls miss you. Caitlyn will be 20 and she did it Mom!She mad Dean's list twice and is double majoring in English and Psychology. Savannah is doing great and am proud of them.I moved to Fall River. I pass by your house,the one I should of told you to stay and feel a bit responsible for. I miss you and Je t'aimes toujours.Love love you..Shawns both love and miss you too."

This tribute was added by Patricia Dupuis on 26th November 2015

"Dearest Donna:  It is funny that I just listened to your voice mail this morning and I was missing you. You are loved and missed each and everyday. Life is not the same without you. Your children and grandchildren miss you so much.

I will always treasure our long friendship.


This tribute was added by Kathy Smith on 12th July 2015

"Donna I love you and I miss you my sis ! I'm watching over Celeste and our granddaughters .i hope you're at peace now. Love you and miss you forever. Love Kathy Smith"

This tribute was added by Celeste Smith on 11th July 2015

"I love and miss you Mom forever..xoxo"

This tribute was added by Kathy Prall on 14th June 2015

"Dear Donna,

I've been thinking so much about you this week.  It's been two years now and I still think of you often because I hold so many memories of you in my heart.  Your family and friends miss you terribly.  I hope that you know how much you are loved by so many people.  We all miss you so much.  Hope to see you again when it's my turn to go.  

Love, Kathy"

This tribute was added by Celeste Smith on 12th June 2015

"Thinking of you Mom and missing you on your anniversary xo"

This tribute was added by Celeste Smith on 11th June 2015

""In Loving Memory"

Thanks for all you've done
I've missed you for so long
I can't believe you're gone
You still live in me
I feel you in the wind
You guide me constantly

I've never knew what it was to be alone, no
'Cause you were always there for me
You were always home waiting
And I'll come home and I miss your face so
Smiling down on me
I close my eyes to see

And I know, you're a part of me
And it's your song that sets me free
I sing it while I feel I can't hold on
I sing tonight 'cause it comforts me

I carry the things that remind me of you
In loving memory of
The one that was so true
You were as kind as you could be
And even though you're gone
You still mean the world to me

I've never knew what it was to be alone, no
'Cause you were always there for me
You were always home waiting
But now I come home and it's not the same, no
It feels empty and alone
I can't believe you're gone

And I know, you're a part of me
And it's your song that sets me free
I sing it while I feel I can't hold on
I sing tonight 'cause it comforts me

I'm glad He set you free from sorrow
I'll still love you more tomorrow
And you will be here with me still

And what you did you did with feeling
And you always found the meaning
And you always will
And you always will
And you always will

And I know, you're a part of me
And it's your song that sets me free
I sing it while I feel I can't hold on
I sing tonight 'cause it comforts me"

This tribute was added by Celeste Smith on 8th June 2015

"Mom,Grandma went to be with you and the Lord yesterday and she loved you so much as you have loved her...Missing you so much and Grandma was so sweet when you left to be home and called me crying 27 years after the divorce and loved you always..I never heard her cry but she was there for us and never stopped loving you..xo miss you mom"

This tribute was added by Celeste Smith on 8th June 2015

"Nonna,I love and miss you so much!!Thank you for being the best nonna,I will always be your kitten..Love Savannah..xo"

This tribute was added by Patricia Dupuis on 3rd June 2015

"Dearest Donna:

I still miss you so much. Often, I want to pick up the telephone to talk to you. Then, I know that I will never be able to talk to you again. I do have the last telephone message you left me.  It is first on my phone. I play it and I know that you are near to me.

I don't know how it happened that you fell down the stairs and hit your head so hard. I sometimes feel that I want to break that fall. I would have done that you know.

I appreciate the good friendship we had together. We were truly a family together. We talked so much to each other over the years. I always wanted to protect you from the world. I wanted to protect your children as though they were my niece and nephew.

We carry on without you but we all have that sadness in our hearts. I see Celeste and Shawn faltering without you. They want to talk to you and have you with them. I know that you are always with them in spirit and that will never end.

Pierrette calls me sometimes.  She is so lost without you. She loved you so much. I don't think her cancer is going well. I will call her again. She wasn't able to talk to me for very long beause her throat hurt her so much. She tells me that she is not afraid. She told me that she will call me but hasn't.

My children and grandchildren are okay. I will see them next week.

I love and miss you everyday. I am grateful that I had you in my life for so many years.

Your friend,

This tribute was added by Celeste Smith on 31st May 2015

"A candle for you always.."

This tribute was added by Celeste Smith on 31st May 2015

"Mom,You loved flowers.Daisies were your favorite and then hydrangeas..I used to pick them all for you and even the dandelions..I remember when I ate the honeysuckle flowers..You would say "Celeste,stop eating the flowers"God I miss you so much and love you toujours"

This tribute was added by Celeste Smith on 10th May 2015

"Mom,I miss you so much today it hurts. The last day that I saw you was on Mother's Day..I will cherish it forever. I know that I will see you again..Give Nana a Happy Mother's Day Hug from me..Love you toujours..Love Celeste"

This tribute was added by Shawn Smith on 4th April 2015

"We miss you so much Donna.There is still a hole in all our hearts. Not a day goes by without a sign or just one of us thinking of funny memory of you. I see your face and mannerisms in the girls often. Its sad that your not here but im happy to have the memories that i do of you. You are deeply missed and loved.Enjoy your peace and serenity, until we meet again. Celeste misses and loves you more than you ever know."

This tribute was added by christina hedio on 4th April 2015

"Donna, not a day goes by that I don't think of you. You were my 2nd Mom,also my friend. Very thankful for that! I truly belive: The Lord is taking good care of you. Please give Celeste, more signs that you ARE with her. I love& miss you. Xoxo"

This tribute was added by christina hedio on 28th February 2015

"Love & miss u Donna..."

This tribute was added by Celeste Smith on 27th February 2015

"Mom,I sometimes feel that you are still here and when I pick the phone to call you,it's out of service and someone named Maya has your cell phone..I just love and miss you so much,Caitlyn,Shawns,Savannah,Kathy,Grampy,your brother and sis and your friends..Can't wait to tell you all that has happened when I see your beautiful face greeting me when the Lord calls me home!>>Love you.."

This tribute was added by Celeste Smith on 31st December 2014

"Happy New year Mom. I miss you so so much I love you. Thanks for all that you have done for me and being the best Mom and Nonna ever !"

This tribute was added by Celeste Smith on 16th October 2014

"I miss you Mom,I am trying to adapt,but I miss your voice,there is a deep part of my heart and soul amputated..I love you"

This tribute was added by Celeste Smith on 25th June 2014

"Good Morning Mom,on my way to see Grampy..I know you and I would be taking the girlws to the beach,Cait has been working there since last year..Been getting closer to the lord ever since of late.we all love and miss you so very much!!"

This tribute was added by Diane Pepin on 13th June 2014

"Thinking of you! I can't believe you're no longer a physical part of this world. You will never be forgotten.

Diane P."

This tribute was added by Celeste Smith on 12th June 2014

"I love you and miss you so very much..Half of my heart you will continue to hold until we reunite..Love you forever,Celeste..I love you Mom"

This tribute was added by Annie Zunner on 12th June 2014

"Celeste, Thinking about you today.  Love......Annie"

This tribute was added by Kathy Prall on 7th April 2014

"My Dear Friend,
     I celebrated your 60th birthday on the 4th even though you are in Heaven now.  I listened to some music that we both enjoyed.  It is so hard knowing that I can't see you or hear your voice anymore. You will always be in my heart and memory.  Hope you had a Happy Birthday in Heaven!  Hope you got to hear the angels sing.  Love you, Kathy"

This tribute was added by Patricia Dupuis on 4th April 2014

"Happy Birthday to you Donna. I think of you everyday and miss you. I loved you very much. You were so kind to me and my family. We all loved you. When I think of you, I think of you in purple and lavender. I see your beautiful eyes that glistened when you were happy. I remembered how you grew. You were not able to put gas in the car and then you finally learned. You became very mechanical and checked the oil. You were afraid to face the world, but then you did. You went to work in Quebec and I felt so proud of you. You were so brave when you went back to Massachusetts and was able to work at difficult jobs and you succeeded. I am most proud of you for being so close to your family and friends. You never forgot any of us. I will never forget you Donna. I carry you in  my heart. Love, Pat."

This tribute was added by Celeste Smith on 19th March 2014

"Mom ,I was looking at your pretty gold bracelet on my arm,then an hour laer a an appt..it fell right off after months!!Thank you Mom,for staying nearxxoo"

This tribute was added by Shawn Smith on 6th March 2014

Your passing has left so many devastated. So many peoples lives were effected when u passed. Myself and your immediate family have received many miraculous signs that you are happy and at peace. It's still extremely difficult for Celeste,Shawn cote,myself  and all your grandchildren to go on knowing we wont see you in your earthly body anymore. Although your presence has been seen in dreams and is felt by us sometimes, it is still crippling to your family that you left so unexpectedly. No one will ever know the sadness and anguish Celeste has endured. Only those who have lost a best friend or an extremely close family member could begin to fathom the pain and hurt she feels. They say time heels all wounds, but some wounds leave scars that last forever. I can honestly say Celeste has a permanent scar on her heart.

You would be so proud of Celeste, she is so strong like u were. Life hasn't  gotten much easier since June 12 but Celeste continues fighting and not giving up just as you taught her. We ALL have moments of weakness in life but she is as tough as you were and with the love and support from her friends and family I know she will be ok. She wants wants to see you and hear your voice to say I Love You Mom one more time. She tells you she loves you everyday also I find myself saying "thank you Donna" for raising such great children. I will cherish every memory I have of you. You had such a deep passionate love for your family and i see it through Celeste with cait and sav. I really cant ask for more in my life than to see your values passed from your daughter to my daughters. I have and always admired and respected  that about you. I just wanted to thank you again.

We all take a little comfort knowing we will see you again but till then, we all love and miss you and there's an emptiness in the heart and soul so many of us feel from the impact you have made in our lives. Caitlyn is graduating soon and is going to college. She wants to honor you by earning a degree. Your little kitten Savannah speaks of you constantly and always with fond memories of your sweet nurturing kindness. Please guide them and be their guardian angel when Celeste and I cant.

So I will leave you with this Irish prayer I know you loved hearing from your mom Marie..............

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand."

This tribute was added by Kathy Prall on 1st March 2014

"Dear Donna,
     You were the best friend that anyone could ever ask for and I will always treasure the time that we had together.
     I met you on the school bus when you offered me a seat next to you and we became friends from that point on.  I was the new girl in town, 16 years old, and you introduced me to all your friends and family.  We hung out together almost every night during our teenage years.  We had a blast going to parties, concerts, movies, the beach,and cruising the drag,(as they used to do in Brockton).  We even made Macramé necklaces and plant hangers together!  Most of our experiences together were fun times but when things got tough, we helped each other out.  You were a very kind, caring person like those in your family.  Your mom, dad, brother Bobby and sister Joan always made me feel welcome.
     You fell in love and married Guy at a very young age.  You chose Linda and I as your bridesmaids.  We wore purple and lavender gowns, your favorite colors.  I remember your wedding song was Colour My World by Chicago.  You looked so beautiful.  Soon a beautiful baby girl named Celeste was born.  I enjoyed my visits with you and baby Celeste.
     Shortly after that, you moved to Canada.  Your handsome son Shawn was born there.  My husband Dave and I enjoyed our visits to Canada.  You always made us feel at home.  In fact I remember you were with me the night I first met my husband!  
     We lived so far apart, you in Canada and I in Colorado or New Hampshire, but we managed to keep in touch and catch up on all the news.  You were always there if I really needed you, without being asked, and I tried to always be there for you.  I will never forget the support you gave me when my father died.  That is just the kind hearted person that you were.  
     Later, you moved back to Massachusetts and met John.  I can't believe you were together for 17 years!!  Sometimes the time goes by so fast, it seems like the blink of an eye!  I wish we could have spent more time together during that time.  
     Life for you had it's ups and downs, the death of a boyfriend, going through a divorce, raising children as a single parent, the death of your mother and you tried to cope the best that you could.  I know that it was hard for you to let go of those that you cared so deeply about.  You had to be strong for your children and grandchildren.  You loved your family dearly.  
     You were a very caring, sweet and beautiful person.  If anyone ever tried to take advantage of that, you were a force to reckon with!!!
     I always hoped that we could spend more time together, but I will always remember the times that we did have.  I want your family to know that they are always in my thoughts.  I'm so sad and miss you terribly.  You will always be in my heart......my everlasting friend."

This tribute was added by Patricia Dupuis on 19th February 2014

"My dearest Donna:

I like to go all the way back to the very first time that I met you in front of St. Patrick's Church when Celeste was two and one-half years old. Your eyes were so sad and lonely and I knew that I wanted to extend a friendship to you. That day, I bought a ceramic bird to bring to you as a token of my friendship. You were so grateful for my friendship. You put Celeste in the preschool and our close friendship began between two families. You became my family in Sherbrooke and I became your family.  Celeste and Shawn felt like my niece and nephew and you felt like my younger sister. We shared so many beautiful memories of our families spending the day together. I remember so well our children sliding on the snow, playing street hockey, playing in the house together and eating so many meals together. I remember so clearly meeting your parents, brother and sister and felt that we were always together. Even when you moved back to Massachusetts, our friendship always stayed intact. I loved you so much and always wanted the best for you and your children. It hurts me so much to know that you are no longer here but you will always be part of my heart. I talk to you daily and it is always about the same thing:  the well-being of Celeste and Shawn and their families. You loved your family so much and I feel that I have to keep close to your family for you. You are loved and missed each and every day. Your friend forever. Pat."

This tribute was added by Marjorie Dutra on 19th February 2014

"Marjorie (Dutrasigns@yahoo.com):
Words seem inadequate for the sadness I feel. You brought many gifts into the lives of your family and friends. I am proud to of known you since I was 14. My prayers and thoughts are with all your family and friends."

This tribute was added by Shawn Smith on 19th February 2014

"I am very fortunate to not have to look at pictures or recall any memories to remember your face. When i wake up in the morning I see a piece of you staring back.Your Celeste. I go upstairs and proudly see two more reminders of you. Caitlyn and Savannah. In so many ways I see you in them. Their love of family,loving kindness for cats,certain stares and looks or the way the light reflects on their faces from a distance.Little Donna's.I pray they find your strength and independence within themselves to endure life's hardships and struggles.You mentioned to me on occasion you were proud of all of us. Don't ever forget we were very proud of you too! Life is complicated and unfair sometimes but you were a fighter and maintained a successful career for 25 years. That is rare for a single mom of two. Well done. You were big hearted,unselfish,beautiful and attractive woman inside and out.We all know how very intelligent,witty and perceptive you were.I will miss your cooking :)and your caring and nurturing soft spoken voice. The one lesson I learned from you that I will never forget is, discipline your children but do it with love.
Amazing lesson from a selfless woman/mom/grandma/friend. Celeste,the girls and I are eternally grateful for all the help and support you have provided for us over the years.This July i will have known you for 20 years,12 of them as your son in-law.I will sadly miss your bruising cheek pinches and extremely long and strong bear hugs. Je t'aime beaucoup.Vous pouvez rentrer à la maison maintenant maman! Rest easy,your work here is done."

This tribute was added by Marie-Chantale Latulippe on 18th February 2014

"Donna, it's really hard to know the right words at these difficult times but I can definitely say that I am really appreciative to have had the chance to know you and your family. I hope that you are at peace and I will always hold on to the good memories.


This tribute was added by Celeste Smith on 18th February 2014

"Just thinking of you as always..Shawn and the girls and I miss you so much.."

This tribute was added by christina hedio on 17th February 2014

"Donna, you were&always will be my 2nd Mother.I think of you often&wish I could just hug you.I miss everything about you,your sense of humor,your beautiful smile,the way you spoke so softly on the phone,cleaning your house,having you follow me so you wouldn't get lost, just everything! But I'm so blessed I have all my memories of you,I'm so thankful for the times we had together, I love&miss you so much "Celeste's Mom" my 2nd Mom,Donna... Xoxo"

This tribute was added by Diane Pepin on 17th February 2014

"Celeste Côté and Lynn Lefebvre were my two best friends growing up.  Lynn and I lived on the same street in Fleurimont, Quebec, and Celeste lived relatively far away. Other than seeing each other at school (Marymount, a Catholic elementary school), I was rarely ever allowed to sleep over at anyone’s house.  The first time I was allowed to sleep over at Celeste’s place, we were nine years old and in grade four. The Pointer Sisters had a hit radio song that we sang out loud all through recess when I broke the news to Celeste my parent’s had said yes to a sleepover. I’m so excited and I just can’t hide it! I’m about to lose control and I think I like it! Yeah, yeah!

When you’re raised by a religious mother and a very strict disciplinarian father, receiving permission to leave the house even for one night is monumental.  I got to see how Celeste lived and all of the cool things her parents did. They listened to great music, brought us out for pizza and I got to eat junk food! We slept in the basement and listened to the radio to our heart’s content.  Those are great, cherished memories.  We talked and laughed together incessantly and made up songs that I still remember to this day. Remember this Celeste? Kentucky Fried Chicken, we make chicken wrong! Wow. That kept us in stitches for hours. Shawn must have thought we were insane. Poor thing.

One of my childhood memories was of Celeste and Shawn’s mother, Donna.  To me, she was one of the most beautiful women I had ever seen.  I remember how Celeste and I would unlock her bedroom door to get to her expensive stash of make-up and beauty products. We couldn’t help ourselves. It had to be done. We needed to touch, feel, smell and try everything.  I remember the huge portrait of Donna and Guy that hung in their bedroom. It’s singed into my memory because it was one of the most beautiful things I had ever seen. Two young lovers and their angelic silhouettes, head to head, totally in love.  

I was devastated when I found out Donna and Guy were getting divorced and Celeste was moving back to Massachusettes with her brother when we were in grade sic. It sucked in the worst way. I was heading into high school and everything would change forever. Despite the distance, we never forgot each other. We would catch up every once in a while and when Facebook came around, we were both on it.

I had not spoken or seen Donna in many years but I still remember her smile, her laugh, her honesty when you really needed to hear the truth, and all the wonderful childhood memories that flood my mind.  I was in shock when I found out about her death. It seemed so unfair. How much does one person have to go through in a lifetime? Donna had her demons, as we all do, but she was a real fighter.  I will always respect her for that. She loved her family so much, which is reflected today through her children and grandchildren and how family is important to them.

I want to remember Donna and think about her as an angel sitting with other angels, laughing and having fun and waiting to welcome and embrace us all when it is our time to go.  RIP.  The memory of you is deeply cherished. Thank you. xo"

This tribute was added by Celeste Smith on 17th February 2014

"I love you Mom!"

This tribute was added by Annie Zunner on 14th February 2014

"Doona,   I promise to be there for your daughter.  She is wonderful, and she is loved.  Rest in peace.........Annie"

This tribute was added by Celeste Smith on 13th February 2014

"The light of your whole being,nurturance and soul remain a light that continues to shine inside me until I see your beautiful face and embrace you in my arms forevermore. Mom I love you toujours!xo"

This tribute was added by Celeste Smith on 5th February 2014

I love you forever my angel in heaven ,if I could,I would trade but you wouldn't let me.. miss your voice,laughter,doing your hair,everything I see,I see you..I know that you are happy,young again,beautiful as always..No more makeup to keep looking young and I remember when I turned 30,I said Mom,I can't believe I am already this age..Where did the time go?How did it feel when you hit your thirties???hehehehe I have to laugh your reply.."Ah!It f@#^&**@G sucks..You were a true lady,I swear!!I love you so so much and miss you,so doesnt the 2 Shawn's Caitlyn and Savannah.."

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