Dorothy Donahue, 88

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PORTLAND — Dorothy “Dot” Donahue, 88, passed away Oct. 20, at Maine Medical Center, surrounded by her loving family, after a sudden illness. She was born in Portland Feb. 4, 1927, to James and Mary King Doyle. She was a 1945 graduate of Cathedral High School and was employed for many years at New England Telephone Company.

Donahue was active in her community and her church. She was a devout Catholic, longtime communicant of St. Joseph’s Church, and past president of St. Joseph’s Parish Sodality. She was also an active member and past president of the Harold T. Andrews Post American Legion Auxiliary, where she met her future husband, Francis. Through the auxiliary she volunteered for many years at Maine Veterans’ Home and participated in numerous veterans’ and Memorial Day parades.

She was married in St. Joseph’s Church Oct. 14, 1961.

Donahue was very involved in the lives of her grandchildren. She loved spending time with them baking in the kitchen, making arts and crafts and attending their sports and social events. She would pick them up at Holy Cross School on Fridays and spend time with them as their babysitter. She recently traveled to Maryland to attend her twin grandchildren’s first communion.

Donahue was predeceased by her husband in 2005; her parents and her aunt, Genevieve; two sisters, Madelyn and Eleanor Doyle; and two brothers, Edward and James Doyle.

She is survived by four children, Francis of Portland, John of South Portland, Eleanor of Portland, and William of Maryland; two sisters, Frances Bryson and Sr. Phyllis Doyle of Portland; a brother, Richard Doyle, of Worcester, Massachusetts; seven grandchildren, Annelise, Madelyn, Sarah and Abby Donahue of South Portland, and Catherine, William and Elisabeth Donahue of Olney, Maryland; and many nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial was said at St. Joseph’s Church in Portland Oct. 24. Burial followed in Calvary Cemetery in South Portland.