BREWER and OLD TOWN – Donna I. (Hoar) LaBree, 65, passed to her next journey Christmas morning, Dec. 25, 2008, after waging a seven and one half year battle with breast cancer. She was born Dec. 10, 1943, in Moncton, New Brunswick, daughter of Weston A. and Sadie Irene (Price) Hoar. Donna graduated from Woodstock High School, Woodstock, New Brunswick, in 1961, and Moncton School of Nursing. She worked many years as a registered nurse, lastly at Westgate Manor. Before that, she had spent many years as a traveling nurse working around Maine and the U.S., which allowed her to do what she loved and still have travel and adventure. In the 1970s, Donna worked for Penobscot Sheriffs Department and then became a private detective, and co-owned and later, owned and operated LaBree Investigations. In the last few years, she had been working and volunteering with Caring Connection in their work to educate women about early detection and testing for breast cancer. She was truly inspirational in her life and in her fight against cancer. She is survived by her daughter, Michele (LaBree) and her husband, Tim Daniels, of Brewer; son, Matthew and his wife, Stacy (Jardine) LaBree, of Hampden; her beloved grandchildren, Ryan Elliott and fianc?e, Alexa Schimmel, of Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, Katelan and Chase Daniels of Brewer, and Cameron and Alexis LaBree of Hampden; sisters, Linda Berg and her husband, Terje, of Vancover, British Columbia, and Beth Young and her husband, John, of Hartland, New Brunswick; her special nephews and niece, Glenn, Kyle and Eric Berg of Vancover, British Columbia, Kristi Macpherson and her partner, Brad Mclaughlin and their children, Dylan and Aaric Macpherson and Tianna Mclaughlin; and Craig Young and his wife, Tara and their children, Hunter, Logan and Teghan Young, all of Woodstock, New Brunswick; her friend and former husband, Wayne LaBree of Largo, Fla.; friends too numerous to mention and her cousins from all over Canada. Thanks to Dr. Adam Lauer for his compassion and the Rev. Bob Carlson for his humor and kindness. At her request, a party to celebrate her life will be held this summer. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in her name to Caring Connection, attention Ro Lagasse, 17 Second St., Bangor, ME 04401.
DONNA I. LABREE
Posted Dec. 29, 2008, at 7:39 p.m.