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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William "Bill" Bailey

Posted at 12:01pm
My sincere condolences to the entire Mingo family. Donna was such an incredible person and Mom. She was always extremely nice to me and I have not forgotten her kindness. She was like a second mother to me, during my youth and I always valued her sage advice. I am so grateful for all the fond memories that Donna and the Mingo family have shared with me, over the years. I love you all.

carol cosman

Posted at 01:54pm
We are so sorry for your loss. I have lots of good memories of her and I talking and sometimes the little advice she would give. Her smile never left from the time we started talking even to the time we finished. She was such a giver and when she thought she could put a smile on your face she said what she thought was best. Sending our biggest HUGS we have Troy Dan Carol Cosman

Janet Lovely

Posted at 02:40pm
Alden and family, so sorry for your loss. Donna was always a friendly face, always glad to see you wherever you ran into her. A real part of small town America.

Kim Haun

Posted at 09:57am
Our condolences to you and your family.
We will keep you in our prayers.
Andreas and Kim Haun

Sonja Wing

Posted at 09:19am
Rest In Peace Donna... I know you are in a much better place were the most amazing, loving, and attentive grandmother to my kids and I will always be so grateful for that and I’m very thankful I was able to say my goodbyes to you...My kids are so lucky to have been loved their whole life by you... they will carry and cherish those memories forever ❤️ My thoughts and prayers and love go out to the entire Mingo family. Love you all ❤️. Sonja Wing

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