Obituary: Donna L. (Wentworth) Ballou

Donna L. (Wentworth) Ballou

ARUNDEL – Donna L. (Wentworth) Ballou, 74, died on Sunday, November 14, 2021 at her home in Arundel with her beloved husband, Nelson, and extended family by her side, after a long battle with the disease of Parkinson’s.

She was born in 1947 and raised in Kennebunk, the eldest daughter of Edna and Bailey Wentworth. She graduated from Kennebunk High School in 1965 and gave birth to her daughter Melissa Jane on November 5, 1968. In the summer of 1973, she met co-counselor Nelson Ballou while working at Camp Waban in Sanford. . They were married the following year, on November 30.

Survivors include her 47-year-old husband, Nelson Ballou; daughter, Melissa Ballou of Westbrook; brother, Thomas Wentworth and his wife Catherine Heffernan of Greenwood, brother, Jeffrey Wentworth and his wife Patsy Onatah of Biddeford, sister, Janet Wentworth and her husband Kevin Thyng of Kennebunk, and brother, Michael Wentworth and his wife Kathleen Brown of Arundel; as well as several nieces and nephews; and his beloved chocolate lab, Bruin.

In the early 1970s, Donna accepted an offer to drive a bus for School Administrative District (SAD) 71. The fact that the offer came from her father Bailey, who was responsible for maintenance and transportation at the time. factory, may have influenced his decision. foreman. It continued until the early 1980s with its main routes transporting children with special needs and secondary school students attending Biddeford Vocational Training Center. These two groups came to worship him.

Throughout her youth, Donna was always interested in sewing and fabrics. While still driving for MSAD 71, Donna started working part-time with her friend Nancy Ladlow and learned the art of creating window treatments. In 1986, Donna was hired as a Store Manager for the Custom Shop on Congress Street in Portland. In 1991, she purchased the Custom Shop, operating at the Congress Street location until she moved the business to Kennebunk in 1995. At the Kennebunk location in Shopper’s Village, she expanded her services into adding yarn sales, knitting products and knitting classes. This is where his business really grew, benefiting from his creativity and vision and helping to develop a community of those who loved knitting.

Donna’s passions have always included birds. From a young age while birding with her grandmother at Kennebunk Beach, she learned about all the different species and eventually became the owner of a vanity plaque that said “SEE DUX”. The dogs she and Nelson spent their marriage with sharing their home were a passionate bird companion. A visit there would require the first greetings to go to the two or sometimes three dogs that lived there, always large and always friendly.

As the oldest of five children born to working-class parents, Donna became the babysitter along with her siblings, and this role has continued and developed over the years. As a mother, Donna shared a strong and special bond with her daughter Melissa and a love of reading, music, pop culture, and animals. As a beloved aunt with a litter of nieces and nephews, she was the warm and generous source of unconditional love, sweet treats and many costumes, created by hand.

Donna Ballou’s family would like to thank Dr. Cecily Cannon and the staff at Kennebunk Family Practice as well as Beacon Hospice of South Portland for their care and kindness.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 27 at 11 a.m. at the Bibber Memorial Chapel, 67 Summer St., Kennebunk. Due to concerns related to Covid-19, anyone present will have to wear a mask regardless of their vaccination status.

To share a keepsake or leave a message of condolence, please visit Donna’s Book of Memories page at

Arrangements are made by the Bibber Memorial Chapel, 67 Summer St., Kennebunk, ME 04043.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Donna’s honor to the Animal Welfare Society of Southern Maine at or by calling 207-985-3244.

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