- Donna Louise Hartford, 67, had a wonder-filled time living on earth. On October 4, 2016, she left her earthly Seneca, SC home and began sending Aloha greetings from heaven to all friends and family.
Born March 13, 1949, in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine, Donna was born again on June 21, 1981, and gave Jesus Christ all the credit for her full life. When the daughter of Harriman and Billie (Robichaud) Anderson heard that she had terminal brain cancer and the chances for survival, she responded, "Either way, I win."
Donna married Richard Paul Hartford on June 5, 1971, and together they deeply enjoyed life. They always wanted a lot of children, so when their only son Tyler and beloved daughter-in-law Genessa Hartford (Goshen, IN) gave them Cadence, Kyrie, Brayson, Brannen, Bretton, Laken, and Lina, her heart overflowed even more. She also deeply cherished her siblings Terry (Paula) Anderson and Robyn (Kelsey) Simmons and their families.
After graduating from Corinna Union Academy in 1967, she enjoyed meeting people through her work at Pierce Insurance Agency, Eastern Maine Vocational Tech, and AJ Cole & Sons (later Bennett Tire & Wheel). Donna's New Hope Baptist Church family brought her great joy and she especially loved visiting with the elderly and shut-ins. And just like her Creator, who takes delight in making new things, she spent hours creating new artwork in multiple media forms. Most all of her artwork was given away or sold to fund mission work. Through her work, church, and family, she always tried to welcome people with a smile and find the beauty in life.
A memorial service will be held on October 8, 2016, at 11 a.m. at New Hope Baptist Church, Seneca, SC. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. A December memorial service will be offered in Dexter, ME. The family requests that attendees for either of these events wear Hawaiian or festive theme clothing for our celebration of life.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Cornerstone Foundation/Loma de Luz Hospital in Balfate, Honduras where Donna had served on several occasions and Sarah's House of Maine, which provides temporary lodging for cancer patients and caregivers. See www.crstone.org/donations or www.sarahshouseofmaine.org for more information.
Published on  October 7, 2016