It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Donna Noreen Howes on Monday, July 12, 2021. Donna was surrounded by her family and loved ones in her final days and passed peacefully at home after fighting a three-year battle with ALS. Best friend and beloved wife of Darren Howes for 31 years. Devoted, loving mother to Lucas (Ashley), Nicholas, and Curtis (Brittney). Proud grandmother to Brayden, Noah, Aaliyah, Isaac and Quinn. Beloved daughter to Dawson Thompson and the late Kathleen Thompson. Predeceased by mother and father-in-law Miriam and Gerald Howes. Dear sister to Grant Thompson (Carla), Glen Thompson (Ellen), and Carolyn White (Darren). Loving aunt to Quinton, Leenza, Dawson, Rachel and Emmy. Great aunt to Henry and Grace. Donna was a loving, hard-working woman and deeply devoted to her family. She poured her heart and soul into raising her boys, looking after her husband and best friend Darren and tirelessly taking care of her mother and in-laws as they aged. Donna inherited her mother’s green thumb and took great pleasure in her beautiful flower gardens and taking care of the many birds that visited her feeders. Donna also enjoyed time in the kitchen baking, making dinner for her family and canning pickles and preserves. Her favourite moments were with her whole family together around the table for Thanksgiving dinner. Those who knew her, know she was a strong-willed woman. After an ALS diagnosis, Donna remained firm in her faith, choosing to encourage others through texts and Facebook posts even while quietly fighting her own battle. When happy news of Lucas’s engagement came, Donna was determined to be there. And she was. With incredible strength and determination, she defied the odds and her medical team’s prognosis and fulfilled her purpose, surrounded by those she loved the most. Her family is comforted in knowing that Donna is now free from sickness, reunited with her mom and loved ones, safely in the arms of Jesus. The family will receive friends at Goodfellow’s Funeral Home, 11014 Road 38 Parham Ontario on Wednesday July 14 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm, Thursday July 15 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm and 7:00 – 9:00 pm. A service and celebration of life will be held on Friday July 16 at 11:00 am, interment Parham Cemetery. Donations to the ALS Society can be made directly at als.ca
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