Donna Lee McAuliffe
July 29, 1949 - January 2, 2022
Donna Lee McAuliffe, age 72, of Newark, DE, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 2, 2022.
Born in New London, CT, on July 29, 1949, as Dona Lee McAuliffe due to a misspelling on her birth certificate. She was the daughter of the late Charles Michael and Doris (Garvey) McAuliffe of Bellows Falls, VT. Donna worked in the airline industry for most of her adult life. She was an airlines baggage handler, ticket agent, and supervisor on many East Coast airports. Donna became one of the first female New Castle County Airport Security Officers at New County Airport, and retired from airport service as a DRBA Airport Safety Office on February 29, 2012 after 20 years of dedicated service.
The loves of her life were her pet dogs and cats, caring for her plants, reading, and dancing. Donna met Lee McGaughan in 1995, and they became best friends over the years. In 2000, Donna and Lee became domestic partners and had many wonderful years together.
In addition to her parents, Donna is preceded in death by her brother, Michael McAuliffe. She is survived by her domestic partner, Lee McGaughan; son, Charles Robert Lavelle of New Castle; and brother, James G. McAuliffe of Bybee, TN.
All services will be held privately.