Donna Marie Avila, 57

Jun 18, 2019

Donna Marie (Daniels) Avila, 57, of Dartmouth, passed away peacefully on June 17, 2019 at home surrounded by her family following a courageous battle with cancer.

She was the loving wife of James W. Avila with whom she shared 35 years of marriage.

Born in New Bedford, daughter of Horace and Doris (Frates) Daniels of Dartmouth, she was a lifelong resident of Dartmouth. She was a graduate of Dartmouth High School. Mrs. Avila was a program coordinator in ABA therapy working for Children Making Strides, as well as a special education paraprofessional and nanny.

Donna was a talented craft maker, enjoyed bargain shopping and traveling. In earlier years, she worked as a florist. Most of all, Donna loved being with her loving family.

Surviving in addition to her husband and parents are her children, Ashley Milardo and her husband Brent of Brooklyn, CT and Joshua Avila of Dartmouth; her brother, Brian Daniels of Dartmouth; and her grandchildren, Giana Milardo and Analiese Avila, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Her funeral will be held on June 24, 10 a.m., at St. Mary’s Church, 783 Dartmouth St., Dartmouth, MA, followed by burial in South Dartmouth Cemetery.

Visiting hours are Sunday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Waring-Sullivan Home at Dartmouth, 230 Russells Mills Rd., Dartmouth.

Flowers are welcome or donations in Donna’s memory may be made to the Ellie Fund, 200 Reservoir St., Suite 300, Needham, MA 02494 or

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