Janice Malley Hawkins-Donovan, 85: Always actively involved

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PORTLAND — Janice Malley Hawkins-Donovan, 85, died on May 19.

She was born in Newton, Mass., on March 31, 1927, to James Francis and Marguerite Malley.

She attended Newton Country Day School from the second grade as a day student and later as a weekly boarder when her family moved to Somersworth, N.H., in 1939. She attended the Kenwood-Doane-Stuart High School in Albany, N.Y., where she played field hockey and lacrosse.

In 1948, she graduated from Manhattanville College, which was then located in New York City. She majored in history and was on the varsity field hockey and lacrosse teams and class basketball team for four years. She was also in the Glee Club and served on extracurricular committees throughout her college career.

After graduation, she worked in Boston for the State Adoption Agency, State Planning Board and State Civil Defense Agency.

She married Edward F. Hawkins in 1952; he predeceased her in 1970. They lived in Norwood and Walpole, Mass., and Valley Cottage, N.Y., before moving to Portland in 1965. She worked for the Portland School Department for two and a half years as a teacher’s assistant while taking courses at the University of Southern Maine for her teacher’s certificate. She then worked at Maine Medical Center as a social worker for 20 years, retiring in 1989.

She was married to Judge Robert Donovan from 1988 until his death in 2009. They lived in Naples and later Falmouth and spent winters in St. Simons Island, Ga. They both enjoyed golfing, fishing, playing bridge and cribbage. She volunteered at the Naples library and the Area Agency on Aging in Portland, visiting people who could no longer live in their home.

She is survived by her children, Gerard L. Hawkins of Arlington, Va., and his partner, Martha Krieger, Janice A. Hawkins and her partner, Jerry Bradley, of Gorham, Christopher P. Hawkins and his wife, Suzanne, of Portland and Edward F. Hawkins of Belmont, N.H.; stepchildren, Susan Donovan Silver and her husband, Ken, of Portland, and Rob Donovan and his wife, Belinda, of Falmouth; grandchildren, Kristie Hawkins, Nicholas Hawkins and his long-term partner, Caleigh Mannette, and Kayla Hawkins; great-grandchildren, Avery R. Hawkins and Chloe Mannette; step-grandchildren, Rebecca Silver and Calan, Hannah and Maren Donovan; brothers, Fr. James Malley, SJ and John Malley and his wife, Irene.

Visiting hours are scheduled to take place on May 22 at Conroy-Tully Crawford South Portland Chapel. Funeral services will be held on May 23 at 10 a.m. at Holy Martyrs Catholic Church, 266 Foreside Road, Falmouth. Interment will take place at a later date at Calvary Cemetery, South Portland.

The family would like to thank all of the caregivers at The Cedars and Hospice of Southern Maine. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation at alzfdn.org.

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