Surrounded by loving family members, Mo Donald, 68, died peacefully the morning of Aug. 8, 2010, at Quarry Hill after a brief bout with leukemia. In these final weeks, she faced the end of life with remarkable courage and an elegant dignity. The way she faced impending death was as inspiring as the way she lived her life.

She was born in Montreal, Quebec, Aug. 28, 1941, to Arthur Paul Donald and Vaughan Margaret Gorman. She studied art at St. Paul’s Academy in Westmount, Quebec, and continued her studies at École Des Arts et Metiers and École Des Beaux Arts in Montreal. Shortly before she moved to Maine, she worked at the 1967 World’s Fair in Montreal.

For the first 10 years in Maine, Mo worked as a retail merchandiser and buyer, a career that took her frequently to Boston and New York. It was in New York that she studied classical jazz dance with the renowned teacher Luigi. In 1977 Mo opened Motion Studio in Rockport, and for the next 10 years taught a variety of dance and exercise classes.

In 1980, with Afro-American dancer/choreographer Arthur Hall of Philadelphia, she co-founded the People-to-People Dance Company, a grassroots, community based dance troupe. Starting in the late 1980s she spent eight years studying and then teaching yoga and yoga therapy. In 1996 she became certified as an instructor in the authentic method of Pilates training. Her passion for this form of body and mind conditioning led her to open Pilates in Camden, a studio where she shared her remarkable skills with so many.

A loving sister, mother and grandmother, a beautiful and stylish woman, an inspiring teacher, a gifted artist, a talented gardener, and a loyal friend, she leaves an indelible mark on the community in which she lived, worked and loved so much. Her family said they will always hold precious her memory and the wonderful times she shared with them.

She is survived by her daughter Tara, stepdaughter Tamzyn, stepson Talbot, grandchildren River and Saylor, brothers Terry and David, Aunt Marie, and many cousins here in the United States and Canada.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Sept. 25 in Camden.