JoAnn C. (Gage) Dunham, 77 of Searsmont, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011 in Belfast. She was born in Portland on Aug. 13, 1934 the daughter of Albert J. and Mary (Bishop) Gage.

The world was JoAnn’s garden. Two of her greatest enjoyments were gardening, feeding and enjoying the birds on her property. She also enjoyed spending time with her group of friends, whether it be going out to eat, traveling or sightseeing.

JoAnn also loved crafting. She ran her own business doing seamstress work for many years. Her work was seen in many local shops.

She was predeceased by her parents.

JoAnn is survived by her six sons, Norman Dunham and his wife Valerie of California, Gordon Dunham and his wife Kathy of Rhode Island, Robert Dunham and his wife Rise of California, Bruce Dunham and his wife Robin of California, Albert Dunham of Searsmont and Donald Bennett of Searsmont; her siblings, Nellie Mello and her husband Donald of Massachusetts and Robert Gage of Massachusetts; 17 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.

Friends and family are invited to gather for a memorial celebration Monday, Oct. 17 from 4-6 p.m. at Riposta Funeral Home, 182 Waldo Ave., Belfast. Online condolences may be offered at: ripostafh.com.