Bridget 'Etta' Duffy Donoghue
Bridget "Etta" Duffy Donoghue passed away in Portland, OR on December 4, 2017 after a short illness. Born in Derry, Ireland on July 29, 1922 to Sarah and John Duffy, Etta was devoted to the land of her birth even after seventy years of life in Southern California and, later, Oregon.
Her family owned a hotel in Derry that billeted troops from the American and British army during World War II, and it was through the Rockmore Hotel that she met and married Patrick Donoghue, a sergeant in the British army, in 1942. Their first child, Maureen, was born in Derry, and she and Etta lived with Etta's extended family for the duration of the war. The scarcity of jobs in the British Isles after World War II then brought the family to Buckingham, Quebec, where Etta's eldest son Brian was born.
After a short sojourn back to Ireland, the family moved to southern California in 1952, travelling memorably on the Queen Elizabeth. The aerospace industry was booming and the family enjoyed an Irish enclave near Long Beach before settling in Pico Rivera, where their second son Patrick was born, and finally, in La Mirada.
Throughout these years Etta focused on raising her family, shopping daily in the Irish tradition, and her church, bingo, and neighborhood. She loved the beaches of southern California, vacationing at Lake Arrowhead in the San Bernardino mountains, and square dancing. After moving in 2000 to Beaverton to rejoin extended family she enjoyed the "trees and the green that reminded me of Ireland."
Etta leaves her three beloved children and their families: Maureen and Norman Vaillancourt of Beaverton, OR, who have provided devoted and loving care to her for decades; Brian Donoghue and Beth Wilbur of Carmel Valley, CA; and Patrick Donoghue of Henderson, Nevada; four grandchildren, Kevin Vaillancourt, Ryan Donoghue, Evan Donoghue, and Dylan Donoghue; eight great- grandchildren, Simon, Ian, and Hadley; Haley, Hannah, Lucas, and Noah; and Tula; and two great-great granddaughters, Emma and Lilly. She was predeceased by her husband Patrick, her granddaughter Monette, and her siblings Jack, Lily, and Maura.
Family services will be private. In lieu of flowers the family suggests a contribution to the charity of your choice.