Donna J. Stinson


Donna J. Stinson went home to be with her Lord unexpectedly on May 8, 2020, at Fort Kent. She was born Sept. 6, 1959, in Blue Hill to Velma (Carter) and Norman Leach. Donna graduated high school from George Stevens Academy in 1978. She was a homemaker most of her life, but also worked a few years at the snack bar at Maine Maritime Academy in Castine. She also worked for a few years in housekeeping at the Blue Hill Farm Country Inn.

Donna was known for her smile and her caring spirit. She loved all those around her and was always willing to give the shirt off her back to help anyone in need. Donna touched the lives of so many. She was known for her love of crafts such as crocheting, needlepoint, sewing and also for singing and playing her keyboard. She loved music, baking, cake decorating, baking for social gatherings — the coffee social in Blue Hill being the most recent event. Donna also loved spending time with her family and friends on special occasions, playing board games, watching movies with her family and barbecues. She just absolutely adored her family! Her most recent church was Family Bible Church in Ellsworth, which welcomed her with open arms. She absolutely fell in love with each and every person there, and they her.

Donna was predeceased by her mother, uncle and grandparents. She is survived by her father, Norman Leach, of Deer Isle; three children, Ann Stinson of Ellsworth, Heidi Shepard and husband, Bill, of Stonington and Matthew Stinson and wife, Melissa, of Pittsfield; 10 wonderful grandchildren, Sonya Limeburner and husband, Bryce, of Deer Isle, Rachel, Andrew and Elliott Shepard of Stonington, Caleb and Gage Hardie of Sedgwick, Peyton Stinson of Ellsworth, and Celia and Abby Stinson of Pittsfield. Donna lived for her kids and her grandkids and there’s nothing she wouldn’t do for them. She is also survived by two sisters, Wendy Gray and husband, Gleason, of Stonington and a twin, Debra Turner, and husband, Bruce, of Sedgwick; two brothers, Jeff Leach and wife, Dawn, of Winterport and Greg Leach and wife, Jan, of Brooksville; and by several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. She will be especially missed by her Aunt Lucretia, cousin Bonnie and a best friend, Jeanette, whom she loved and adored just like her own sisters. She will be loved and missed by so many.

We’d like to offer a big thank you to her most recent home, Murphy Manor, Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center and Acadia Hospital, all in Bangor; Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital, Ellsworth; and Northern Maine Medical Center, Fort Kent. Also, a very sincere thank you to all the nurses and doctors for the love, devotion and support they all showed our mom, and to Renee Hudson, whose kindness and friendship to Mom meant so much. Donna touched the hearts of so many and will be greatly missed.

Memorial contributions may be made in Donna’s memory to Friends in Action, 115 State St., Ellsworth, ME 04605.

A private memorial graveside service will be held at a later date for the family.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Bragdon-Kelley Funeral Home, Ellsworth, where online condolences may be shared at