Donna Mingo

Donna Mingo

Saturday, July 16th, 1938 - Thursday, May 21st, 2020
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Calais – Donna Rae Mingo, 81, passed away Thursday, May 21, 2020 at home surrounded by her family. Donna was born in Calais on July 16, 1938, daughter of Dana and Dorothy (Canavan) Miles.

Donna graduated from Calais Memorial High School, Class of 1956, and the following year married her high school sweetheart, Alden Mingo. She worked as a telephone operator for many years with New England Telephone. When they closed the Calais location, Donna went to work at the family businesses, Keene’s Lake Camping Grounds, Mingo’s Evergreen Products, and Mingo’s Berries.

She was a Rainbow Girl and member of Orion Chapter No. 45 Order of the Eastern Star in Calais, and the Calais Athletics Booster’s Club. Donna loved the outdoors and staying active. She enjoyed gardening, baking, dancing, and spending time at the family camp on Nash’s Lake. She was an avid local sports fan, rarely missing a Calais game. She loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren whom she loved dearly. Donna loved all children and was “Mom” to many, and you know who you are.

In addition to her parents, Donna was predeceased by her mother-in-law Bessie Mingo; a sister Barbara Redding; and a brother-in-law, Stephen Lincoln. Surviving are her husband and best friend, the love of her life, Alden Mingo; four children, Jo-Ann Mingo and companion Michael Winkler of Schenectady, NY, Karen Gorman and husband Gary of Rehoboth, MA, Richard Mingo and wife Susan of Robbinston, and Arthur Mingo and wife Angela of Calais; four grandchildren, Lindsey Mingo and fiancé John Ellis of Quincy, MA, Mitchel Mingo of Quincy, MA, Jacqueline Schultz and husband Thomas of Augusta, and Evan Mingo of Calais; a great-grandson, Mason Schultz; sister-in-law Barbara Lincoln of Accord, NY; brother-in-law Paul Redding of Calais; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family would like to thank her excellent caregivers, Sharon Johnson, Teresa Hollingdale, Freda McIver, Jessica Searcy, Lisa Thornton, many more volunteers, and her hospice nurse Melanie Leavitt Howard. And special thanks to her doctor and family friend, Dr. Peter Wilkinson.

Due to COVID restrictions, a graveside service will be held at a later date. Donations in Donna’s memory may be made to the Calais Athletic Boosters Club, 34 Blue Devil Hill, Calais, ME 04619. Arrangements by Mays Funeral Home, Calais & Eastport.
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    Red Beach Cemetery
    Route 1
    CALAIS, ME 04619
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    A graveside service will be held at a later date.


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  • International Order of the Rainbow for Girls

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Private Condolence

merle nason

Posted at 06:03pm
Dear Alden and Family, So sorry for your loss, we send our deepest condolences .
Merle and Marylou Nason

Bob and MaryLou McGraw

Posted at 12:52pm
Dear Alden and family: So sorry to hear of Donna's passing. It is a loss that can't be replaced and may you and your family find comfort in all the great memories. Sending your our sympathy and prayers. Bob and MaryLou McGraw

Ginny Sterner

Posted at 09:50am
Dear Alden and the Mingo Family,

We extend our deepest condolences. Donna was a wonderful woman . She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.
All our love and deepest sorrow,
Denny and Ginny Sterner and family

David, Diane Walker & family

Posted at 10:06pm
With deepest sympathy
David Diane Walker & family

John Owen

Posted at 06:41pm
Alden and the Mingo families- Pat and I extend our deepest condolences and fond memories to all of you. Realize you are in the thoughts of many people you have touched in the area over the years. Donna and you have been exemplary to many of us that have had the pleasure of knowing you.. John and Pat Owen

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