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RICHFORD / ENOSBURG FALLS — Donna R. Gramse, age 63, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016 at the Brownway Residence in Enosburg Falls following a long battle with cancer.

She was born in St. Albans on Nov. 8, 1952 the daughter of Barbara (Blake) DeVarney and the late Raymond DeVarney.

Donna has been a resident of Richford for the past 16 years. She previously had resided in Massachusetts, Florida and other towns in Vermont. She had worked for Haveg Corporation now known as Champlain Cable for several years and also worked in the lawn care business while living in Florida.

Donna was very artistic, making all kinds of crafts including dream catchers, jewelry, embroidery as well as many other crafts, which she sold at crafts fairs and artesian shops throughout many states and gave as gifts to many family and friends.

Donna enjoyed riding motorcycles, driving her fast cars, and snowmobiling. Most of all she loved to spend time with her family, especially her cherished grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband, Arthur Gramse Jr. of Richford. Donna and Art were married on June 29, 1984. She is also survived by her mother, Barbara DeVarney of Richford; her children, Jody Billodeau and his wife Michelle of St. Albans, Tracy Billodeau and her significant other, Dennis Reynolds of Sheldon Creek, Josh Gramse and his wife Camille of San Francisco, Calif., and Shannon Gramse and her husband Todd Taras of Akron, OH; her grandchildren, Raeshelle, Myiah and Sophia Billodeau, Trace and Maddison; her sister, Susan Shappy and her partner, Tony Snide of Georgia; her brother, Tom DeVarney and his wife, Kathy of Sheldon; many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. She was predeceased by her father, Raymond DeVarney in 2005; and her sister, Linda Susan DeVarney in 1957.

Donna’s family would like to thank the staff at Franklin County Home Health Agency and the Brownway Residence for their exceptional care and compassion.

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016 at 11 a.m. at the Spears Funeral Home, 96 Dickinson Ave., Enosburg Falls. There will be no visiting hours. Interment will be held privately in the Hope Cemetery in Georgia.

For those who wish, contributions in Donna’s memory may be made to the Franklin County Humane Society, 30 Sunset Meadows, St. Albans, VT 05478.

Condolences may be sent to Donna’s family on-line through