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Donna SMITH
Père : James Smith
Mère : Rita
Décès le : 2007-07-16
Parution : 2007-07-18
Paru dans : The Chronicle, Dunnville, ON

SMITH, Donna (1942-2007) - “A bright and shining star has been extinguished. But we shall forever feel the warmth of her afterglow.“ Suddenly at Rapelje Lodge on Monday, July 16, 2007, as a result of a brain tumor, in her 65th year, with her best bud “Jen, Jen“ never leaving her side. Loving mother of Jennifer Rutledge of Welland, Laurie Filson (Kevin) of Port Colborne, Sharon MacArthur (Mo) of Hamilton, Jamie Rutledge (Nicole) of Port Colborne. Beloved sister-in-law of Dorothy Smith of Dunnville and Jean Smith of Nova Scotia. Donna was predeceased by her brothers John and Donald Smith and her parents James and Rita Smith and a three year old son whom she cherished Robbie Blaine Boyington. Donna was one of the youngest residents to move into the new innovative Rapelje Lodge Nursing Home when it first opened its doors in 1996 as a result of her disability. She quickly became an essential part of the lodge by serving as President of the Resident Council from 1996-present. Donna felt she should pay forward the exceptional, expert care that she ws receiving from the dedicated staff at Rapelje so each night she would lovingly set the table in house 500 for her residents ensuring that the unique dining needs of each individual was meant. She also delivered the incoming mail throughout the home and with it would deliver a kind word of encouragement, a smile a hug whichever was needed by the recipient. She was a positive force who was loved by residents and staff alike. She was the proudest when she could represent her fellow residents and say a few words on behalf of the lodge at various community events such as the Personal Support Workers Graduation, Annual Rapelje Picnic, Terry Fox Run and etc. Nana will be sadly missed at her grandson Tim Graham's upcoming wedding to Jessica, but will be lovingly remembered by her grandchildren Daniel & Joel Graham, Delaney MacArthur, Jacob, Samson & Deanna Rutledge and great-grandchildren Ireland & Reilly. We would like to extend a special thank you to all the staff and residents at Rapelje Lodge and Dr. Ali for all their loved and support during Donna's illness. Friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service on Thursday, July 19, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. at the Rapelje Lodge, 277 Plymouth Rd. Welland. Arrangements have been entrusted to the ARMSTRONG FUNERAL HOME, 179 Clarence Street, Port Colborne. If so desired memorial donations can be made to Rapelje Lodge. Online condolences available at armstrongfuneralhome.ca 10744928

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