Donna Marie Messer

November 18, 1942 – September 6, 2013

With painful reluctance and utter disbelief we announce the passing of Donna. A woman larger than life it seems so impossible that she is gone. She faced an unexpected and devastating cancer diagnosis with the same wit, intelligence, strength, fortitude and humour with which she lived her life.

Donna is best recognized as the owner/operator of the Arizona Gift Gallery in the Comox Mall, a venture started 16 years ago with daughter Janice. She had a following of customers that filled her days with laughter and personal sharing and she spoke of you all with so much fondness.

Predeceased by parents Freeman and Doris Coone she is survived by husband Jim, daughters Susan (Byers) of London, Ontario, Sharon (Thompson) of Edmonton, Alberta, Janice (Wright) of Comox, BC and sister Arlene (Al) Elias of Florida, USA and the planet’s most spoiled cat, Casey.

To Carrie, Steve, Gloria, Deb and Gary: thank you so much for being there right when we needed you – she called you her angels. Special thanks also to the Comox Fire Department and to the Town of Comox who have demonstrated such kind and unfaltering humanity to Donna and her family.

An informal gathering to celebrate the life of this most remarkable woman shall be held on Saturday, September 14, 2013 at the d’Esterre House 1801 Beaufort Avenue, Comox at 1 pm.


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