(formerly Barrs, nee Madill), Donna
July 11, 1938 -October 8, 2014
Always in Our Thoughts,
Forever in our Hearts
It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved wife and mother, Donna. She passed away in St. Joseph’s Hospital in Comox, hours after having been transferred back from nine days of treatment in Victoria General Hospital following five weeks of complications due to a stroke on September 5, 2014.
Donna was born in Calgary, Alberta moving to Penticton, BC as a toddler. She married and raised her three children first in Vancouver then the Comox Valley, where she has resided since 1967. In her younger days, she actively enjoyed excursions on the family boat, fishing, golfing, bowling and curling; winning many sports awards along the way. In later years, she re-married, enjoyed gardening, travelling, spending time with family, and devoted much of her time and energy to her Christian faith, Bible studies, and sharing and ministering to those in need. Donna had a kind, loving and generous heart, caring so much for others before herself. She also spent several sad and difficult years caring on and off for her youngest daughter, Candace Barrs, who pre-deceased her in 2010.
Donna will be very deeply missed and forever loved by those she leaves behind including her husband, Ronald Halls of Courtenay; her surviving children, son Rick Barrs of Courtenay and daughter Debra Barrs, UK; grandson Lance (Jinny) Barrs, Vancouver, BC; granddaughter Amber (James) Mallach, Victoria, BC; brother Mervyn (Juanita) Madill, Kamloops, BC, mother-in-law Lydia Halls, Courtenay, BC; step-grandson Paul Holland, Calgary, AB; brother Cliff (Sherry) Halls, Williams Lake, BC, and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her daughter Candace. Donna is pre-deceased by her parents, George and Freda Madill; brother and sister-in-law Raymond and Angela Madill; brother Vernon Madill; and step-daughters Shirley Anne and Brenda.
A celebration of her life will be held Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 1:30pm at Aaron House Christian Fellowship, 2946 Kilpatrick Avenue, Courtenay, BC. In lieu of flowers, donations to Aaron House, the Cancer Foundation, the National Stroke Association or charity of choice would be appreciated.