ORRINGTON - On Aug. 31, 2013, Dawna (Moore) Hensley died peacefully in the arms of her siblings.
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Dawna was born June 3, 1958, in Bangor, to Ronald G. and Nancy (Mishou) Moore, and from that day on, the world was a better place.
Dawna was employed at Geaghan's Pub for over 30 years, and she loved her work. Her customers and co-workers became her friends. Dawna was an extraordinary listener. She genuinely cared about everyone she came in contact with, and people knew it. In recent years, that caring was extended to countless medical professionals from here to Boston. From the doorman and receptionists who greeted her, to the people in the lab. From the patient advocate to the medical assistants to the scheduler. From the nurses to the doctors to her fellow patients, everyone knew Dawna and she knew them all. Not only their names, but their stories. People felt comfortable to share their life stories with Dawna and she loved to listen.
Dawna made it clear to all that the greatest accomplishment in her life was her son, Chad. She was thankful to have seen him grow into a strong young man who is ready to go out into the world. She taught Chad the value of family and what it is like to be deeply loved. She taught him what it means to care. He made her so proud every day of her life.
Besides her son, Chad Hensley of Orrington, Dawna is survived by her parents, Ron and Nancy Moore of Orrington; her sisters, Kate Moore and her partner, Jeff Paul, of Orrington and Rhonda Geaghan and her husband, Larry Geaghan, of Orrington; her brother, Dan Moore and his wife, Eileen (Grace) Moore, of Orrington; niece, Kaila Moore; and nephews, Tom Geaghan and his wife, Erin Reed-Geaghan, Andy Geaghan and his wife, Lindsay Geaghan, Sam Moore, Cory Moore, Jacob Moore; and her very special "grands," Isaac and Connemara Geaghan of Brewer and Liam Geaghan of Cleveland.
A celebration of Dawna's life will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, at East Orrington Congregational Church, 38 Johnson Mill Road, Orrington, with the Rev. Carl Schreiber, pastor, presiding.
It was Dawna's wish, and I quote, "Instead of flowers which are beautiful, but die too soon, consider making a contribution to Cancer Care of Maine, (care of EMHS Foundation, P.O. Box 931, Bangor, ME 004401) in hopes of helping someone else live." That was Dawna.
Arrangements by Kiley & Foley Funeral Service, Bangor and Brewer.
Published in BDN Maine on Sept. 5, 2013