South China-Donna Niles, a loving wife, mother, nana, sister and friend passed away September 12, 2021 at her South China home with her family by her side following a long battle with pancreatic cancer. She was born October 15 1957 in Hartford, Connecticut, the oldest child of Wilfred Gauthier and Marie (Picard) Starbuck and moved to Maine at the age of nine. Donna graduated from Waterville High School, class of 1975. She made many lifelong friends in high school and met her husband, John Niles, with whom she shared 43 years of marriage.\r\nShe enjoyed going shopping, eating out at restaurants, yard sales, gardening, traveling, watching the Red Sox and adored her family pets. She worked many jobs throughout her life including being a homemaker and worked as a CNA at several hospitals. \r\nShe is now reunited with her parents, Wildred Gauthier, Douglass Starbuck (stepfather) and Marie Starbuck. She is survived by her husband John Niles; her children, Erik Niles, Nicole Ellinger (husband Robert); four grandchildren: Brady Niles, Kayla Ellinger, Audrey Niles and Blake Ellinger and brother Richard Gauthier. She is also survived by her fur babies Babs, Brindy, Taz and Twizzler.\r\nVisiting hours for Donna will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., on Saturday September 18th, at Gallant Funeral Home, 10 Elm St., Waterville Maine. A committal service will take place at St. Francis Cemetery, 78 Grove Street, Waterville directly after the visitation.\r\nAn online guestbook may be signed, condolences and memories shared at www.gallantfh.com\r\nIn lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Midcoast Humane, 190 Pleasant St., Brunswick, Maine in memory of Donna Niles.