RICHMOND-Donna M. (Baker) Crosman, age 61, died on Friday, September 22, 2006 at her home on Hideaway Lane in Richmond after a four-month battle with pancreatic cancer.
She was born in Bath, Maine and lived on the Barley Neck Road in Woolwich, Maine with her parents, Kenneth and Madeline "Hilda" Baker.
She graduated from Woolwich Elementary School, Bath Jr. High School, Morse High School (Class of 1962) and from Gorham State Teachers College with her husband, Richard, in 1966. On June 18, 1966 she married Richard Crosman of Topsham, Maine.
Donna held several positions as a teacher and later as a guidance counselor in MSAD #40. First as a science teacher, then after an 8-year hiatus while she raised her daughters, as a 5th grade teacher at Miller Grade School in Waldoboro. She later taught at A.D. Gray Junior High before taking a sabbatical to earn her Masters Degree in school counseling. After 25 years in public education, she retired and began a successful antique business with her husband.
During the summers Donna joined her husband in buying and selling nautical items off their front lawn on Route #1 in Waldoboro for over 20 years. This part-time venture led to Dick and Donna creating D & D Collectibles which allowed them to travel all over the state to auctions and sell antiques and collectibles at the Rockland Marketplace Antique Shop as well as on eBay, which they both enjoyed doing very much.
In the summer of 2002 she and Dick moved to Richmond to be closer to the grandchildren and other family members. One of Donna’s favorite activities was to have large, extended family cookouts where she could watch the grandchildren enjoying their swimming pool.
She was predeceased by her mother, Madeline (Henderson) Baker in 1995; and her youngest sister, Janice (Baker) Dodd in 2004. She is survived by her husband of 40 years, Richard; by daughter Kimberly Quirion, son-in-law Keith, and grandchildren Rachel and Tyler, all of Randolph; and daughter Kari Crosman of Richmond. Other survivors include her father, Kenneth Baker of Woolwich; brother-in-law, Don Dodd of Woolwich; her sister, Toni Bryant of Harpswell;and sister Barbara Billings and husband, Russell, of Woolwich. She is further survived by several nieces, nephews, cousins and many, many friends.
An Internment Service will be held in the Chapel at the new Maine Veterans’ Cemetery on the Mt. Vernon Road in Augusta at 2pm on Thursday, September 28th. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, September 30th, at 11am at the Kincer Funeral Home. Following the Memorial Service friends and family are invited for refresments provided by the ladies of Unit #132 Auxiliary at the Emerson & Lane Post #132, American Legion Hall, on the Carding Machine Road in Richmond.
Donna had requested that in lieu of flowers, contributions could be made in her memory to: North Woolwich Methodist Church, Attn: Pastor John Thorpe, 35 Chopps Cross Road, Woolwich, Maine 04579.
Dick and the family would like to thank Dr. Trudi Chase, MD, nurses Mikey and Susie and all the other caregivers at MCCM for their care, compassion, encouragement and love that was extended to Donna during her time of need. Also, a very "big hug" and thank you goes out to all the members of CHANS-HOSPICE in Brunswick whose remembered names include: Sally, JO, Bev, Beverly, MJ, Karen (and more). Your caring, compassion, and expertise was seen with every visit and it was noted and appreciated.
Condolences may be expressed at www.kincerfuneralhome.com
Arrangements are under the care of Kincer Funeral Home 130 Pleasant St. Richmond, Me 04357