Grace Elizabeth McDonough

Grace Elizabeth McDonough, age 81, passed away peacefully at her home in Mattituck, N.Y., Aug. 19, 2019.

She was born to the late Grace and Thomas McDonough May 15, 1938, in Brentwood, N.Y.

She graduated from Bay Shore High School in 1956 and Central Islip School of Nursing in 1959. Grace worked at St. Charles Hospital in Port Jefferson, where she worked as a nurse, caring for patients with dignity and respect.

She was the beloved mother of Kevin Craig, Michael Craig, Kathleen Kelsch and John Craig III.

Grace was immensely proud of her family and leaves behind beautiful memories and Irish blessings.

Grace had a passion for family, a love of cooking that flourished while living in Naples, Italy for three and a half years, as well as a passion for gardening and animals. Her stunning rock gardens, nurtured by hard work while living in Port Jefferson, N.Y., provided great joy to family and friends. Many people are grateful for the beautiful flowers that they still have in their gardens to this day.

Grace is survived by her brother, Terry McDonough; her sister, Anne Hayden; her children, Kevin, Michael, Katie and John; 13 grandchildren, Ryan, Danielle, Sean, Brendan, Christina, Caitlin, Kyle, Taylor, Corinne, Kristin, Elizabeth, Justin, Jarrett; father of her children and grandfather to her grandchildren, John Craig Jr.; family in the New Hampshire area; and friends.

In honor of Grace’s memory, please donate to St. Jude Children Hospital. A link to a personalized gift fund in Grace’s honor is available at

Grace will be forever in our hearts and prayers.

This is a paid notice.