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Donna (Smith) Chamberlin of Gloucester passed away peacefully on March 10, 2017, at Kaplan in Danvers after a battle with cancer that she fought with grace and dignity. She was born to Albert and Isabelle (Garlick) Smith on December 12, 1942 in Rockport. She graduated from NSCC with a degree in business management. She also had her real estate license and captain's license. She enjoyed walks all around Gloucester. Donna was a loving source of strength to her family and friends and to all who knew her. She worked for many years at the Cape Ann Marina and Resorts, also at The Manor Inn. Donna was an avid knitter, gardener, painter and traveler. She traveled extensively, including Scotland and Nova Scotia, where she traced her family's genealogy. She was a member of Magnolia Women's Club and the coordinator of the GHS class of 1960 reunions, League of Women voters, and volunteer at the visitors center. Donna is survived by her daughters, Carin and her husband, Greg Grimes of Essex, Laura Hamm and her fiance, David Hughes of Gloucester; five grandchildren, Adam and Lindsay of Gloucester, Ashley, Jamie-Rose and Timothy of Essex; four great-grandchildren, Jakob, Aubrey, David and Henry; her sister, Cheryl and her husband, Richard Hopkins of Topsfield; nieces and nephew; her loving companion, Lucien Archambault, with whom she had many adventures; her forever friend, Marianne Frontiero; and a very special cousin, Julie Bubar. She donated her body to Boston University for further study of cancer.
A memorial will be held at 7 p.m. on April 18, at St John's Church, Middle St., Gloucester. Graveside services will be held in the spring of 2018, when she will be returned to her family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to Boston University, School of Medicine, Department of Anatomy.
Published on  April 3, 2017
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