2019-02-08 / Obituaries

Donna Gallant

With profound sadness we announce the passing of Donna, our loving and devoted mother, Gammy and friend to all whose lives she touched, on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019. She left us at her home in Portland, after courageously fighting a long illness without complaint. She was in her 72nd year.

She was born Donna Erb, in Biddeford, on Aug. 31,1946 and was raised by her beloved grandparents, Arthur and Helen (Lincoln) Emmons in Scarborough, where she attended local schools, taking pride in being a Scarborough Redskin.

As a military wife, she traveled the country before settling down at her favorite place on earth, Higgins Beach in Scarborough, where she lived the majority of her life. Her love of Higgins Beach never diminished. A true patriot, Donna was a member of VFW Post 832 serving tirelessly in the Ladies Auxiliary for many years. She had a great respect for our military, country and flag and enjoyed baking cookies for the Scarborough police and fire departments to show her support.

She loved to bake, kept an immaculate house and was highly skilled with crochet hooks and needlepoint. A country girl at heart, gardening was also a passion. She was an avid fan of the Kansas City Chiefs, Jimmy Buffet and NCIS. In addition, she was a professional “Facebooker” who enjoyed her many friends and was notorious for, “It’s a Gibbs night! Wooo hooo!” Her favorite role in life however was being a mom and a Gammy. She was a den mother for the Cub Scouts and acted as a chauffeur, attending every activity her children participated in.

In addition to her grandparents Donna is predeceased by her mother, Pauline Erb, sisters, Sharon Sawyer and Paulette Fenderson and her Brother William (Billy) Erb.

She is survived by her daughter Cheryl Gallant of Scarborough; her daughter Sandi Gallant Catropa and her wife Gayle of Oceanside, New York; her son Joseph Henry Gallant, III and his wife Debra of Scarborough; and her grandson Joseph Henry Gallant, IV of Scarborough.

Aa celebration of Donna’s life was held Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019 at Elizabeth Hobbs Hospitality Center in South Portland. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675- 8517. Arrangements by Hobbs Funeral Home, South Portland. Online condolences may be expressed at www.hobbsfuneralhome.com.

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