February 26, 1929 – May 28, 2021
Donna was born in Vancouver and moved to Langley in 1951 with her husband, John. Donna lived at Magnolia Gardens Care Centre for the last year and a half. She died with her family by her side.
She is survived by her children Nancy (Garnet), Dave (Tomana), and Janice (Jim), as well as seven grandchildren and their spouses and partners, and ten great-grandchildren.
She is also survived by her brother-in-law, Ralph (Audrey), sister-in-law, Helen, and special nieces, nephews, and cousins who were all very dear to her heart.
Music was an important part of Donna’s life from an early age. She played the piano with great sensitivity and was very much appreciated as an accompanist and church organist. She also directed many church choirs and with her husband John and a friend began a community choir in Langley called the Maysfield Singers.
She began as the accompanist and then became the director, directing the choir for 21 years. She instilled her deep love of music in her children and this has been passed on to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Donna had a strong faith and was an active member of the United Church of Canada. She was very proud to have served on every court of the United Church from the local church to the national general council and was the first lay woman to be chair of Fraser Presbytery.
Donna is remembered for her warm, welcoming smile and her gift for offering pastoral care.
A private graveside service will be held on June 25th with Rev. Karen Verveda officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations in Donna’s memory may be made to the United Churches of Langley or to the Langley Seniors’ Centre.
We offer our heartfelt thanks to Dr. Carolyn Van Schagen and the staff at Magnolia Gardens Care Centre for their compassionate, loving care of Donna.
“She was our guide and our melody, our love and our laughter.”Obituary
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