Faustina Mae Mitchell, a longtime Midcoast resident, my loving, devoted, compassionate best friend and wife, went to be with the Lord on May 14, 2011.

She was born in Rockland, Faustina Mae Doherty on Oct. 1, 1953. As a young child Tina received Jesus into her heart and started her journey to Heaven. A love for family and friends that was unwavering, a passion for cooking, sewing and crafts, and a great heart for giving to others made her an exceptional homemaker. The ability to turn a small apartment, a house or even a camper into a warm, inviting home was such a blessing.

Circumstances of life brought this wonderful woman into my life and we were married on April 28, 1984. Committed to each other and God along with five wonderful children we had been blessed with, we started a new season in life.

Over the next 27-plus years, raising kids, grandkids, all the sport games, trials and memories, we did our best to spoil each other. She truly enjoyed being active in church, PTA and school events, and entertaining friends and family. Over the past few summers and a couple of winters in Florida, we enjoyed the fellowship of camping life, making many new friends which we’ll be eternally grateful for.

Other than her husband, Curt Mitchell of Winthrop, Tina is survived by her sons, Jason Luce and his children, Jeffery and Jiles, Anthony Luce and daughter-in-law to be Freedom Hamlin and their children, Alex and Xavier, all of Rockland, Toby Mitchell of Newport, Ore., and Max Mitchell of Port Orford, Ore.; one daughter, April St. Michael Ireland and her husband, Sheldon, and their children, Sarena, Zoë, Shiloh and Malachi, all of Sunrise, Fla.; her mother, Marion Doherty of Tenants Harbor; three sisters, April Doherty and Lisa Doherty, both of Tenants Harbor, and Julie Robbins and her husband, Alan, of Prospect; a brother, Charles Doherty and his wife, Betty, of Rockland; as well as many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins who all had a special spot in her heart and life.

There will be a celebration of life June 25 at 3 p.m. at Celebration of Life Family Church, 40 Washington St. (Old Knox Mill) in Camden.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to More to Life Campground, 533 Winthrop Center Road, Winthrop, ME 04364. This is a place with a heart for God and the family, and especially the youth of the capital area. This is our second year as seasonal campers, and any prayers and support for this wonderful place would be greatly appreciated and mightily used of God.

Goodbye for now, I love you, Sweetie,