OBITUARY

Donella J. Smith

August 23, 1946September 26, 2018
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LISBON FALLS: Donella "Donna" Smith, 72, of Lisbon Falls passed away unexpectedly on September 26, 2018 with her children by her side. She was born in Rumford on August 23, 1946 the youngest daughter of Aubrey and Annie (Sennett) White. Donella grew up in Canton where she graduated Valedictorian of Canton High School and Horseshoe Valley Academy. Following graduation she went on to attend college classes at night and worked as a supervisor for Tambrands and Procter & Gamble for over thirty years before retiring and going on to work at Liberty Mutual.

Following her retirement from Liberty Mutual, and not being a fan of the snow, she moved to Florida and enjoyed several years in the sunshine before returning home to Maine in 2018 to bravely face the snow and be closer to her family. She loved spending time at home with her family and friends, having cookouts, cheering on the Patriots, playing bingo and working on word searches. She believed in being a hard worker and that you get out of life what you put in. Donella is survived by her son, Troy Smith and wife Rebecca of NH, daughter Lori Smith of Lisbon Falls, grandchildren, Xavier and Savannah of NH, and many nephews, nieces and cousins. Predeceasing her and welcoming her into Heaven are her parents, three siblings, Owen White, Dolly Cogley and Dorothy Wentzell, and her love of over thirty years, Jerry Burpee.

Visitation will be held on Saturday October 13 from 9:30-11am at the funeral home followed by a Memorial Service at 11am also at the funeral home. Condolences may be shared with Donna’s family at www.crosmanfuneralhome.com.Those wishing, in lieu of flowers, may make a charitable contribution in Donna’s memory to Seniors Plus at www.seniorsplus.org

  • FAMILY

  • Donella is survived by her son, Troy Smith and wife Rebecca of NH, daughter Lori Smith of Lisbon Falls, grandchildren, Xavier and Savannah of NH, and many nephews, nieces and cousins. Predeceasing her and welcoming her into Heaven are her parents, three siblings, Owen White, Dolly Cogley and Dorothy Wentzell, and her love of over thirty years, Jerry Burpee.
  • DONATIONS

  • Seniors Plus at www.seniorsplus.org

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, October 13, 2018
  • Memorial Service Saturday, October 13, 2018
REMEMBERING

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Troy Smith

December 24, 2018

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Mom needed to know that each of were safe. She loved being a Grandmother and would ask how Xavier and Savannah are doing and how she missed them. I would tell her how they were doing, whether it was good or bad she always tell me: "that's just kid fashion", no matter what the situation was. I would tell her I don't remember you having the same thought process for Lori and I. She would ask how my wife, Becca and my father-in-law, Buster, was feeling and I'd give her a Buster response: "with my hands".

Even though my sister would say that I was the favorite child, mom loved Lori more than what she may realize. Lori would run around helping my mother even if she didn't always want it, but in the end would tell me how much she appreciated it. Mom was so very, very proud of Lori getting and excelling at her highly important public position. I think sometimes they were more alike than not (as you will hear shortly). Both are very strong willed and sometimes stubborn, but very caring and thoughtful towards people they care about.

Never someone looking for recognition or notoriety. I always told her how much I respected her: a single mother who would work, take college classes to further herself to have a chance to buy a house for Lori and I. Mom told me a story how she went to several places to get a mortgage loan and was told "no" because she was a single mother with children. That just fueled her more to do whatever she needed. She finally was able to find a bank that would give a loan to buy a house, but at 18% interest for 30 years! That's how much it meant to her to get her family out of that old apartment with Jerry's help. Eventually she was able to refinance and proudly pay off the house in 15 years. Continue

Troy Smith

December 24, 2018

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Mom also had a sense of humor. She took Lori and I Christmas shopping but for a "co-worker" who was unable to go shopping (before the internet) but also had 2 children, a boy and a girl. The "co-worker" was getting them an Atari system and asked for us to pick out what we think they would want for games. So, when it was time to open gifts (and she always went way overboard with gifts and wrapping tons of stocking stuffers) we had unwrapped those Atari games by "mistake". Mom said, "I must have made a mistake when I was wrapping". Shortly after we opened a brand new Atari system that was actually for us! The next year she tried doing the same thing but w/a new Commodore 64 computer, one for each of us.

Another time, after Jerry had passed, she gave my wife and I her Blazer because she wouldn't need it any longer. She would drive Jerry's truck since it was only a few years old.

I've been going to a local garage for almost 20 years when I'm unable or not wanting to do the work myself. Every once a while, when I had a vehicle in need of repairs, mom would call up Ted at Diprizio GMC and have him put it on her credit card to pay for the repairs without telling me. Ironically, my 2004 GMC truck that she helped me purchased 14 years ago, was at the garage when my mom passed. When I called about my truck I told Ted that my mother had passed and he said he was very sorry. He told me that every time she called to pay, he would say "what do you want me to tell Troy, he's told me not to let you pay for any repairs"? Ted said each time her exact words were: "You figure it out" followed by a laugh.

Although she like spending time visiting her friends from Canton High School, "Horseshoe Valley Academy", Tambrands, Liberty Mutual and working on word searches, she loved spending time with her family. I would call her and my father everyday over the past 5 or more years. If I didn't call by a certain time then she would call me. Continue

Troy Smith

December 24, 2018

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After working for some time, I saved up enough for driver's education and $400 to buy my first car, a 1979 Chevy Malibu. Mom told me that wasn't going to be enough, you still need to pay for registration and insurance. So, I worked and saved until I had enough. I was so proud of myself as were my mom and Gram White (her mother). One day while I was at work and Gram was visiting us in Lisbon Falls, my mom offered to bring Gram over to my work after I was done working so I could give my grandmother a ride. We get into the car, I turn the key and nothing happens. The car wouldn't start. I was so embarrassed but it didn't seem to matter to them. The car sat at work in the parking lot for two weeks until I could save up enough to buy a new starter. I learned a lot from these experiences and that is why Lori and I have the strong work ethics that I have now.

Not everything was always about work, she played hookie maybe a couple of times from work after 30 something years. One time, I remember, someone had thrown eggs at our house during Halloween. My mom and Jerry prided themselves on keeping a nice lawn, house and even keeping the driveway swept. She decided to call the police to file a complaint and was told someone would get back to her. Knowing this, I went to my friends' house and called her. I talked w/her for about 10 minutes about the incident while making a "report". At the very end I said: "It's been brought to our attention that you did not arrive at work today". "Is this true"? She said: "TROY!!!! I started laughing, and she said that's not very funny and hung up.

Troy Smith

December 24, 2018

To Mom, Family and Friends,

It's hard to put a long life into words but the following is some of my memories and experiences that made Lori and I who we are today:
I remember when I was a kid while laying in bed and listening to my mom and Jerry getting up in the early morning and getting ready for work. Hearing the microwave beep that their coffee was ready. Mom would come in my bedroom and make sure I was awake and to get ready for school because they would leave about the same time and didn't want to be late for work. That would definitely be a sin. Same goes for missing school. Lori and I unless very sick, had to be at school because that was our "job". They never missed work and expected the same for us.
I remember in my middle school years as I was growing so fast that my legs would be so painful at night that my mom would rub my legs with rubbing alcohol for hours if needed until I would fall asleep then she could go to bed after a long day on her feet working at Tambrands.
In high school I wanted to get a car. She said that would be fine but you'll need to save up. I was already playing basketball and football and I couldn't let the team down. Mom said if you want something in life bad enough you'll figure it out. So, I would take the bus home from school, get dressed in 10 minutes, ride my bike 2 miles to the grocery store, Future Foods, and work till 5:45 p.m., then ride my bike back to the high school for double practices till 9:00 p.m. My mom would then come to get me and I would throw my bike in the back of her Blazer. Then she would help me w/my homework. I'll need to continue on another message as I've run out of space. :)

Christina Collins

October 25, 2018

Troy and Lori - thinking of you. Your mom was a wonderful and strong woman. I'm sad to hear of her passing.

Peter Tanous

October 9, 2018

Lori, I am so sorry for your loss. My deepest sympathies to you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Peter Tanous

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Biography

LISBON FALLS: Donella "Donna" Smith, 72, of Lisbon Falls passed away unexpectedly on September 26, 2018 with her children by her side. She was born in Rumford on August 23, 1946 the youngest daughter of Aubrey and Annie (Sennett) White. Donella grew up in Canton where she graduated valedictorian of Canton High School and Horseshoe Valley Academy. Following graduation she went on to attend college classes at night and worked as a supervisor for Tambrands and Procter & Gamble for over thirty years before retiring and going on to work at Liberty Mutual.

Following her retirement from Liberty Mutual, and not being a fan of the snow, she moved to Florida and enjoyed several years in the sunshine before returning home to Maine in 2018 to bravely face the snow and be closer to her family. She loved spending time at home with her family and friends, having cookouts, cheering on the Patriots, playing bingo and working on word searches. She believed in being a hard worker and that you get out of life what you put in. She is survived by her son, Troy Smith and wife Rebecca of NH, daughter Lori Smith of Lisbon Falls, grandchildren, Xavier and Savannah of NH, and many nephews, nieces and cousins. Predeceasing her and welcoming her into Heaven are her parents, three siblings, Owen White, Dolly Cogley and Dorothy Wentzell, and her love of over thirty years, Jerry Burpee.

Visitation will be held on Saturday October 13 from 9:30-11am at the funeral home followed by a Memorial Service at 11am also at the funeral home.

Condolences may be shared with Donna’s family at www.crosmanfuneralhome.com.

Those wishing, in lieu of flowers, may make a charitable contribution in Donna’s memory to Seniors Plus at www.seniorsplus.org

Arrangements are under the care of Crosman Funeral Home, Cremation and Monument Services 40 Main St. Lisbon Falls, 353-4951.