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Donna Rae James

June 25, 1943 ~ June 12, 2020 (age 76)


Donna Rae James, 76, of North Berwick, passed away peacefully June 12, 2020 in Maine Medical Center after complications from surgery.

Donna was born June 25, 1943 in Portland, Maine the daughter of Walter and Mary Jane (Fortin) Hemingway.  She was a graduate of Portland High School.  Donna married Raymond James in 1969 and settled in North Berwick in 1977.  She worked for several local companies, including Hussey Seating, Spencer Press, Shoe Shop, Eagles Market and most recently, Cumberland Farms and a North Berwick Crossing Guard.  She loved all the children and would often have treats for them during holidays.

Donna was an icon in town; scooting about on her little red motor bike.  There wasn’t a person that she didn’t know or that didn’t love her.  She was a kind, generous woman with a big heart and even bigger sense of humor.  Donna was a member of the TOPS club in Sanford where she made many friends throughout the state.  Donna loved adult coloring art books as well as attending North Berwick Fire Department Bingo.

She and husband, Ray once took a 7- week cross country trip which she fondly remembered.  They also took a yearly road trip to Wisconsin to visit relatives; hitting every Casino along the way. They rode motorcycles together, had a wonderful life; recently celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.

Donna will be sorely missed by her husband, Raymond James; daughter Deanna Foley and son, Michael James, all of North Berwick; brother Buddy Hemingway and his wife Colleen of Freeport; sister, Nancy Berry and husband Bobbie of California and her grandchildren; Kevin Foley of Shapleigh and Jenna Kearns and husband Chris of North Berwick.; brother-in-law, Paul James and wife Cindy of Westbrook; sister-in-law Donna Kenney of Sanford and her beloved cat, Coonie.

A time of visitation will be held Wednesday, June 24 from 4pm to 7 pm at the Johnson Funeral Home, 26 Market Street, North Berwick, ME.  To adhere to COVID 19 guidelines, all guests are asked to wear a face mask and observe social distancing while attending.   Interment at a later date in the Southern Maine Veterans Cemetery, Springvale, ME. Friends who wish may contribute to the American Cancer Society, 1 Bowdoin Mill Island #300, Topsham, ME 04086.  Arrangements entrusted to the Johnson Funeral Home, North Berwick, ME.  Condolences may be expressed at

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June 24, 2020

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Johnson Funeral Home
26 Market Street
North Berwick, ME 03906


American Cancer Society
1 Bowdoin Mill Island #300, Topsham ME 04086

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