BELFAST — Laurie Jean Donnell of Belfast and Benton passed peacefully at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough on Sunday, April 24, 2022, where she was lovingly cared for.

She was the daughter of Linda Richardson of Belfast and Benton, and the stepdaughter of Charles Richardson of Benton.Laurie was born in Rockland on Feb. 28, 1962, and grew up in Belfast with her brother Tim Vose and sister Wendy Ross. She attended Belfast Area High school, where she participated in the school band and orchestra, and excelled at field hockey.She graduated from the University of Maine at Orono with a bachelor’s degree in education in 1984. She then earned her master’s degree in special education at UMO, where she achieved high academic honors. She  worked for many years as an educator, helping children with special needs, which she very much enjoyed.Laurie was blessed with three daughters, whom she loved very much, Rebeka Donnell, Alicia Donnell and Anna Maria Donnell, as well as many grandchildren who bought light to her life.
Laurie loved animals, especially cats, dogs and birds. She often would take in rescue animals, as she had a kind and compassionate heart. She also had a keen intellect, and enjoyed reading, researching and learning.Her family will miss her presence, and her light, which now illuminates the spirit world.
Donations in her honor may be made to the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House, 11 Hunnewell Road, Scarborough, ME 04074. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

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