Donna J. Damboise-Grindle

Sep 12, 2019
Donna Grindle

Owls Head — Donna J. Damboise-Grindle, 60, died peacefully, at home, following a life long battle with health issues Monday, Sept. 9, 2019. She was surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Caribou March 31, 1959, she was the daughter of Bertrand and Edwidge Gagnon Damboise. Educated in "The County," Donna was a 1977 graduate of Caribou High School. Following graduation, she attended The University of Maine, Presque Isle, where she was enrolled in the nursing program. Transferring to University of Southern Maine, she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Following college, Donna enjoyed a six-week adventure abroad with her three best friends, Lorna, Beth and Andrea (Andi). Their friendship has been lifelong, and they have enjoyed and looked forward to a yearly getaway.

After college, Donna moved to Florida, where she was employed as a nurse for five years. While living in Florida, she met Shane Grindle, her roommate’s brother, who had come to Florida to visit his sister. It was love at first sight, and the rest, as they say, is history. Shane and Donna returned to Maine and were married Oct. 21, 1989.

Donna immediately and with great joy embraced the role of stepmother to Shane’s daughter, Torey. Because of her own health issues, she was never sure if she would be able to have children of her own. She and Torey formed a very special bond, and Donna loved her immensely. This relationship prepared Donna for the birth of her own very wonderful sons, Hunter and Tucker. She loved nothing more than being a mom to the three children.

Throughout her life, she was a hard worker and for more than 20 years she worked tirelessly as a nurse at Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport. She had a giving heart and was always trying to do something for others.

She was active in the lives of her children, attending school and athletic activities, and working hard at fundraising events. Her involvement facilitated many friendships with other parents.

She was an extremely talented crafter and made many beautiful quilts. Her family commented she never sold a single quilt, but gave them all away as gifts.

When her health allowed, Donna and Shane loved to spend time dancing together. She was a magnificent cook and loved preparing meals for family and friends. Trying new recipes was a favorite pastime, and she loved going to the store to gather just the right ingredients for these recipes.

Donna had a great sense of humor, and as her family stated, she had "no filter," and loved a good joke.

She had a special place in her heart for animals, especially her three dogs, Rhino, Remi, and Syrah. Donna was lucky to have many special people in her life. Among those, her sister and friend, Carmen, who was an amazing support system for her on a daily basis. Martha, another close friend, who shared similar interests in sewing and cooking, made sure they always got together as frequently as possible. She was also fortunate to have her neighbors, Mary Stinson and her family. They took care of her dogs when she was away at doctor's appointments, and they treated and loved each other like family. Donna loved Mary’s granddaughter McKenna like her own.

Her laughter and love for life will be sadly missed by all who knew her.

Predeceased by her parents; a sister, Linda Thibodeau; and her beloved Papillion, Syrah; Donna is survived by her husband, Shane; her children, Torey Whitman and her husband, Matthew, of Thomaston, Hunter Grindle and his fiancée, Melissa Burgess, Tucker Grindle, all of Rockport; her grandchildren, Kaydin and Kyla Frederick; her siblings, Conrad Damboise and his companion, Martha Turner, of Ocala, Fla., Carmen Tetu and her husband, Tom, of Wiscasset, Wayne Damboise and his wife, Cindy, of Connor, Alan Damboise and his wife, Stephanie, of Old Town, Rodney Damboise and his wife, Janet, of Laconia, N.H.; father-in-law and mother-in-law Floyd and Evelyn Grindle of Cushing; brother-in-law Wesley Grindle and his wife, Joyce, of Cushing; her sisters-in-law and their husbands, Jody Pickett of Rockland, Rebecca and John Williams of Cushing, Vicki Grindle and her companion, Paul Dow, of Warren, Tricia and David Boutin of Cushing; a goddaughter, Jennifer Araza; and many nieces, nephews and a large, loving extended family.

A celebration of Donna’s life will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 19, at Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St., Rockland. A reception will follow at 104 Limerock.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Northern New England Center, 114 Perimeter Road, Units G&H, Nashua, NH 03063.

To share a memory or condolence with Donna’s family, visit their Book of Memories at

Comments (1)
Posted by: Linda Hillgrove | Sep 19, 2019 10:47

Was thinking of Donna a couple days ago, wondering how she was doing and where she might be, only to be saddened by her obit. Donna was a gem to work with at PBMC. Wishing comfort to her family.

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