AUGUSTA—Joan E. Newman, 80, of Augusta, died peacefully, Wednesday March 15, 2017 at Maine General Rehabilitation - Glenridge in Augusta.\r\r\n\r\r\nShe was born in Augusta, Maine on October 9th, 1936, the daughter of Appolinaire and Annie (Mathieu) Poulin and attended Cony High School. She met her husband, Donald Newman of Buffalo, NY at the Brunswick Naval Station. \r\r\n\r\r\nShe worked as an accountant for the State of Maine and in retirement, she was a volunteer at Maine General Hospital.\r\r\n\r\r\nJoan was predeceased by her husband, Donald; a son, Scott Newman; and two siblings, Dickie Poulin and Carmen McIver.\r\r\n\r\r\nShe is survived by a son, Jeffrey Newman and his wife, Frances, of Windsor; two daughters: Lisa Shelton and her partner, Mark Daniele, of Pownal and Deborah Deck and her husband, Ken, of Nampa, Idaho; six grandchildren: Emily, Daniel, Brittney, Christopher, Shawn, and Jessica along with several great-grandchildren.\r\r\n\r\r\nJoan will be remembered as a strong person, a unique character and a good mother. She will be missed very much.\r\r\n\r\r\nA memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church Monday March 27, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. Spring burial will be in the Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Civic Center Drive in Augusta. \r\r\n\r\r\nArrangements are in the care of Knowlton and Hewins Funeral Home, One Church Street, Augusta. Memories, condolences, and photos may be shared with the family on the obituary page of our website at www.khrfuneralhomes.com .\r\r\n\r\r\n In lieu of flowers, a donation in memory of Joan can be made to the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Maine, http://www.namimaine.org/donations/.