Donna Lorraine Yzerman
August 13, 1932 – March 16, 2013
Following a short illness, Donna passed away at home, surrounded by her family.
Donna is survived by her children, Rene, Shane, Elaine and Pamela, her grandchildren Nicole, Karly, Natalie and Nicholas, sister Kieran, first cousin Patricia Dill along with many nieces and nephews.
Predeceased by first cousin, Lorraine Christine Hurley.
Born in Prince Rupert, B.C., Donna eventually moved to Vancouver. In 1974 Donna relocated to Fanny Bay, B.C. with her family.
Mom’s home in Fanny Bay blossomed into a thriving hobby farm, full of gardens and more importantly, goats, chickens, horses, cows, pigs, cats, dogs and home to any animal in need. Mom always said, “animals give the most and take the least.” Her loving and gentle way with the animals was brilliant.
Donna loved the Fanny Bay community and made many more life long friends. She could always be counted on to participate at the Children’s Halloween parties at the Fanny Bay Hall and was president of the OAP for many years. She gave her time to Habitat for Humanity, preparing lunches along with donating plants to support “AIDS for Africa”.
While living in Fanny Bay, Donna opened up “The Seashore at Fanny Bay”. Along with fresh baked pies, bread, clam chowder and fresh seafood, the store offered groceries and local hand-made shell crafts.
Relocating to Courtenay in 2006, Donna embarked on new travel adventures, joined the Red Hat Ladies and along with her beautiful garden, she cultivated many new friendships.
Without a doubt, Mom’s pride and joy were her grandchildren. It was rare for her to miss a school function, sports event, graduation or birthday party. Mom was an amazing influence and significant part of their lives. She was remarkable, unconditionally loved and will be missed forever.
In the words of her grandchildren……………
“Nana, She Was Showgirl”
Our family would like to thank each and every person for all the support and kindness you have shown during Mom’s life time and during her illness. You have all made a difference in more ways than you know. Mom treasured her friends and family.
A celebration of Donna’s life will be held on Saturday, March 30, 2013 at 11 a.m. from Comox Valley Funeral Home, Cremation and Reception Centre, 1101 Ryan Road, Courtenay, reception following the service.