Born on May 10, 1938, in Glens Falls, she was the daughter of the late James and Addie (Duell) Moses.
On December 31, 1988, she was united in marriage to George M. Mabb, Sr. at their home on Upper Sherman Avenue in Queensbury. George passed away on January 9, 2009, after 20 years of marriage.
Dona worked at the Troy Shirt Factory for several years as a seamstress and was then employed as a nurse’s aide at Eden Park, where she loved caring for people. Dona was known by her family, friends, and even strangers, to show love unconditionally.
She was a member of St. Mary’s Church in Glens Falls. Faith was very important to Dona. She enjoyed gardening in the spring. Every Christmas, Dona crocheted blankets, hats, and sweaters and gave them to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a fabulous cook and worked marvels at anything she put her hands on. She was a beautiful artist, painting wooden lawn ornaments, pictures, and most of all loved coloring with her babies. Dona was always happy, no matter what the situation. She could turn a bad day into a great day. Dona didn’t judge people, she felt that was God’s job, and accepted anyone. She will be remembered for being a giving, loving, and caring person who opened her door to everyone.
In addition to her husband, George and parents, Dona was predeceased by her first husband, Robert Blackmer; her grandson, Douglas Bailiff; and her seven brothers and sisters.
Survivors include her children, Laurie Bailiff and her husband, Barry of Malta, Martha Whalen and her companion, Jeff VanGundy of Queensbury, George M. “Jody” Mabb, Jr. and his wife, Shelly of Queensbury, Scott A. Mabb and his wife, Carol of Glens Falls, Jamie A. Mabb and his wife, Mary of Lake George, Christopher L. Mabb of South Glens Falls, and Theresa Moses of Glens Falls; several grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; her brother, Howard “Jerry” Moses; several nieces, nephews, and cousins; many adopted family members and friends; and her very special friend, Roger.
Friends are invited to call on Friday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Carleton Funeral Home, Inc. located at 68 Main Street in Hudson Falls.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday at 11 a.m. at St Mary’s Church in Glens Falls, with Rev. Joseph Manerowski, pastor, officiating.
Rite of Committal will take place in the spring at West Glens Falls Cemetery.
Donations in Dona’s name may be made out to St. Jude’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
A special thank you to the wonderful staff at Glens Falls Hospital in Tower 3, for all their loving, caring, and companionate care and going above and beyond for Dona and her family.