Our beloved Donna, aged 75, passed peacefully on November 1st, All Saints Day -- an extraordinarily fitting day for her departure into the heavenly realm; to her friends and family, she was darn near saintly perfection. Donna was born on September 11, 1944, to mixed farmers and early Prairie pioneers, Clarence and Erna Thiel, of Shellbrook, SK. Donna graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Saskatchewan, in 1967. Donna was a Registered Nurse over a career spanning more than 51 years, a fact recently recognized by her colleagues as well as by the BC Nurses Union this past May. Donna only fully retired last November from Parkville’s Arrowsmith Lodge, at aged 74, joking that many of her patients were younger than she! Donna had a tremendous gift and passion for working with seniors, spending the majority of her career in geriatrics. She loved the sense of community the care home setting provided, and found the work immensely rewarding. In her later years, having moved from Abbotsford to Qualicum Beach in 1996, Donna enjoyed sailing, kayaking, surfing, ocean swims, golfing, extensive travels, and many memorable times with her 3 adult children (Tiffany Goertzen of Abbotsford; Yale Moffat of Nanaimo; & Shannon Nelson of Cumberland, BC). Treasured times were spent playing trains, attending ball games, and baking angel food cakes for her 5 grandchildren: Noah, Bennett, Pierce, Beckett, and Chloe. Although a brief battle with cancer ultimately claimed her life, Donna’s health trials never changed her cheerful, caring personality. Up until the end, Donna remained strong and steadfast in her Christian faith, thankful for the Lord’s blessings in her life, and reliant upon His promise for eternal life. Donna, with her kind and giving nature, will be particularly missed by her loyal husband of over 48 years, Glen, as well as by her numerous friends and family members. Donna was a one-of-a kind, truly unique and irreplaceable mother and grandmother, her most fulfilling roles.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating, in her memory, to either World Vision or to Operation Smile, two charities dear to her heart.
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