Maureen 'Mimi' Donohue

maureen donohue
Maureen A. 'Mimi' Donohue, 49, of 29 Caledonia Road,
Asheville, NC died peacefully at home on Friday, January 8,
A native of Windsor, Connecticut, she made her home in
North Carolina for the past 25 years.  She was the beloved
daughter of Stephen and Mary Donohue of Old Lyme, CT and
Sarasota, FL.
She also leaves behind four brothers, and two sisters who
will miss her dearly: Gerard 'Rod' Donohue of Morganton,
NC, Sheila D. Johnston of Asheville, Michael T. Donohue and
his wife Carole Maloney of Cincinnati, Stephen J. Donohue
and his wife Romina Lazzarin Donohue of Newton, MA,
Thomas W. Donohue of Windsor, CT and Brigid Donohue
and her husband Paul Chill of West Hartford, CT.  She is also
survived by her eight beloved nieces and nephews, her
cousins and a host of devoted friends and relatives.
Mimi graduated from Boston College School of Nursing,
received a Master's Degree in Public Health from the
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and later earned
her family nurse practitioner license.  Her career was
dedicated to caring for her patients, many of them seniors
and homebound.  She also served as an educator at MAHEC
where she helped to develop and implement a program for
training nurse practitioners.  Most recently, she worked at
Mission-St. Joseph's Hospital developing an innovative
community outreach program to improve healthcare access
and provide education.
A communicant of St. Joan of Arc Church, Mimi was a
member of the Parish Pastoral Council and served as a
Eucharistic Minister.  She worked hard advocating for breast
cancer research and awareness, both by her participation in
the Reach to Recovery Program and her successful efforts to
bring the Breast Cancer Summit to Asheville last fall.  A
number of local community and civic service programs have
benefited from her many hours of volunteer work.
Mimi sought out the beauty of nature in her extensive
travels and in her own backyard where she made her
woodland garden.  Her kindness and compassion touched the
lives of many people.
A funeral mass will be celebrated at 11 am Tuesday at St.
Joan of Arc Church in West Asheville.
Her family will receive friends on Monday from 7 until 9 pm at
the Groce Funeral Home, 1401 Patton Avenue, Asheville.
They suggest that memorial donations be made to the
Asheville Buncombe County Christian Ministry, 24 Cumberland
Ave., Asheville, NC 28801.  A memorial service in Connecticut
is planned for the springtime.

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