Donna Lee Theriault

Posted Jan. 08, 2014, at 6:13 p.m.

ELLSWORTH – Donna Lee Theriault, 73, passed peacefully Jan. 4, 2014 at MCMH. She was born the 9th of 14 children in Hall Quarry, on December 18, 1940 to Donald Somes and Katherine (Dickens) Hodgdon.

She was married on August 1, 1958 in Winterport, to Theodore Norman Theriault. She is predeceased by her husband, Theodore Norman Theriault, sisters and brothers, Ruby Byard, Geneva, Alonzo and David Hodgdon. She is survived by her daughters, Katherine, Peggy and boyfriend, Wayne B. Holden of Ellsworth, Dennis Theriault and wife, Mary of Brewer; grandchildren, Amber, son, Aidan Michael Shepherd and husband, Russ Willey of Old Town, Scott Foster Theriault and wife, Jennifer of Brewer. Walter T. Hardy of Hancock, her companion of many years. She is also survived by her sisters and brothers: Charlena Higgins, Barbara Formica, Hilma H. Adams, Ella Hodgdon, Joyce Staley and husband, Bill, Wilson Hodgdon and wife, Anna, Donald Hodgdon Jr., Paul Hodgdon and wife, Jane, Thomas Hodgdon and wife, Annelise, with over a hundred nieces and nephews.

She was a Navy wife for 24 years and she stood by her husband all throughout. She held a variety of jobs over the years but she really enjoyed private duty, especially working with Alzheimer’s patients. She seemed to have an affinity for bringing the light back into their eyes. Six months could pass and they could still remember her. Graduated at the age of 61 Valedictorian of her Ellsworth High School, Class of 2001. She appreciated music and taught herself to play her guitar. She loved to crochet and knit, loved to socialize and meet new people, reading, keeping up with people she knew and going to yard sales. She had the uncanny insight to predict events. She was funny. Loved to tell stories and in most cases they were true events that happened to her. She was able to defy all medical expectations many times in her life. Three difficult childbirths, then by having Pituitary Tumor proton beam treatment, surviving two major heart attacks and undiagnosed diabetes in March of 2010. It is with love and thanks to Dr. Gilmore for his nearly forty years of care and kindness to Donna and her family. She always seemed so fearless and relentless. When she was ill with her pituitary tumor she knew she needed her husband to come home. She called up the ladder all the way to the Admiral of the Atlantic Fleet and explained the situation to him. The Admiral being a mustang himself he understood. The next thing her husband knew he was being escorted off the ship and shipped home. She always seemed to do that, the unexpected. She kept everyone on their toes. Because of growing up in very humble beginnings she wanted to surround herself with beautiful things. She enjoyed jewelry, nice clothes; she collected blue glass, blue willow dishes, Angels, coins, and roosters.

In lieu of flowers please donate to American Heart Association or the American Diabetes Association in her memory.

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