Ann Barbara Donachie
Ann Barbara Donachie
  • August 15, 1930 - August 8, 2017
  • Dallas, Texas

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Ann Barbara Flood Donachie was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, on August 15, 1930 and passed Tuesday August 8, 2017 at her home, surrounded by her children, grandchildren, great grandchild, and devoted friends, in Dallas, Texas. While she was known as the President of the Donachie Foundation, she was remembered more for her small acts of philanthropy. Throughout her life she made significant contributions to the scholarship programs at both Ursuline Academy and Jesuit College Preparatory School, Catholic charities, Trinity River Mission, and countless others.

Ann lived a full and rich life, starting in her childhood in Scranton. She was graduate of St. Patrick's High School and of Mercy Hospital School of Nursing. She married her high school sweetheart-Robert James Donachie-after inviting him to high school prom, to quote "get the idea." She said after the first date that she gave up looking. Her uncle, Father McAndrew, married the young pair in 1952, and quickly they set off on a lifetime worth of adventures. Together they worked hard to make a life for themselves and raise a family. They traveled the world experiencing all it had to offer in cultures very different than the one they had known in a small town in Pennsylvania. They lived a life of devotion to their family, friends and their faith.

She had four children: Robert, Judith, Mathew(deceased), and Mark. Ann and Robert had 8 grandchildren and one great grandchild (and one on the way, her namesake Annie). All her grandchildren received a college degree-a lifelong wish of both Robert and Ann-through their selfless devotion.

Ann's home was always a place of refuge and unending support to her children and grandchildren. She maintained a beautiful and immaculately kept home, and "knew every inch of it." Ann once told her son that she would rather expand the laundry room than any other home improvement imaginable. Her home served as a meeting place, a site of every Christmas, Easter egg hunt, birthday celebrations, backyard barbeques (where Ann would dole out ice cream cones with tenacity), swimming lessons, and many other family memories. It is no surprise, in many ways, that she brought us all back together again one last time to her home in her final hours.

The most commonly used word in conversations about Ann is kind, and there is no better description. To those of us who knew and loved her, we cherish some special memories. She was a lover of scarves and purses, and a dedicated shopper. She loved the sun, beaches and hats and acquired a collection fit for a queen. Ann would never turn down a half a turkey sandwich, nor a cookie now and again. She shined in her role as a mother and grandmother, a role which gave her immense satisfaction. She will be missed by those of us who she left behind.

Ann was preceded in death by her infant son Matthew and her husband Robert. She is survived by: son Robert James Donachie, Jr., M.D., and wife Nancy Donachie M.D.; and children, Sarah, Kathleen, Rebecca, and Robert James Donachie, III; daughter Judy Donachie Watson, Tony Watson father of daughters Lilly Watson Neubauer, her husband Marcus, and their child Heidi; Theresa Watson Crow, her husband Corey; son Mark Robert Donachie, wife Susan, Kimberly Renee Donachie mother of children Mark Ross Donachie and Emily Donachie; her devoted caretaker Susan Dietz.

In lieu of flowers, please send consider donations to St. Monica Catholic Church, Ursuline Academy, or Jesuit College Prep (Robert J. Donachie Scholarship Fund). Visitation is from 5:30 to 6:30 (with rosary beginning at 6:30) at Sparkman Hillcrest Friday August 11. Mass will be at 10 a.m. Saturday August 12 at St. Monica.