It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Donna Leaf on Saturday, April 6, 2013 at the palliative care unit of the Nanaimo hospital.
Donna was born in Kamloops, B.C. on December 18, 1939, and spent her entire lifetime in Falkland, B.C. She met and married her husband, Ozzie in 1961, where they built their home and continued to live in Falkland.
She was a wonderful, caring wife, mother and grandmother, sister and daughter to her family. Surviving her are her husband Ozzie, son Scott (Holly), Daughter Apryl (Don), grandchildren Coho, Thomas and Celia, sisters Sandra and Jo-anne, Brothers, Jack (Barb), Jim (Heather) and several nieces and nephews. She was also a loyal friend to many.
Donna was proud of her community and was involved in numerous projects. One of her cherished accomplishments was co-conceiving and helping to see a community church built in Falkland, bringing together representatives of several faiths, volunteers and serving as treasurer for the church society.
She was one of the founders of the Falkland Heritage Park and Museum, and Donna enjoyed working there regularly with her friends, including taking on the duties of treasurer for a number of years.
She was also treasurer for the Community Association in Falkland for six years and she always looked forward to volunteering her services for the annual stampede.
She was a member of several clubs including the Broncettes, who were cheerleaders, fundraisers and rumoured owners of the Falkland Broncs, a local men’s baseball team.
Donna did fundraising and organizing for the Falkland Stampede Queen’s Committee, a youth ambassador pageant for several years. She enjoyed decorating the community hall for dances and themed occasions as part of her involvement in local clubs.
She cherished all special occasions and decorated her home inside and out for Easter, Christmas, Halloween and parties. She rarely forgot anyone’s birthday and sent many a sincere greeting card to friends and relations.
Donna worked in McClounies store in Falkland for a few years before marrying Ozzie and starting their family, then taking over duties as company book keeper for the family hardware store. In 1987, after being in business for some 40 years, the family store moved to a new building, and Donna expanded and ran the giftware section in addition to working at the store. She and Ozzie continued to operate the hardware for another 7 years at its new location. She also ran a floral arranging business for a few years providing attractive accents to local events and weddings.
Donna adored children and babies and doted on them. She was an accomplished baker and the house was always full of the enticing scents of her day’s creations. She loved having family in and making a great dinner for everyone and we are all going to miss those. She loved flowers and always had a fresh bouquet on the table. She also had a knack for design around the house, in the yard and in her apparel. She sewed clothing for family as well as drapery for the house. She was interested in local history and heritage as well as other cultures, and was not afraid to try new things. She liked dancing, picnics, travelling, curling and Nordic skiing.
She tirelessly researched and compiled several volumes of a family history for both sides of her family tree, complete with photos. This included information gleaned from archives as far flung as Europe, Australia and the Falkland Islands.
Donna marveled at nature’s wonders, she loved sitting outside in the yard and listening to the birds singing and coming to the feeder or bath, goldfish in the pond, quail running through the yard, and even those “damn deer.”
At Donna’s request there is to be no service. Those wishing to remember Donna can make a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society in lieu of flowers.
We wish to thank all our friends for the showing of support in this sad time for us.
A tribute page in Donna’s honour can be visited at the following link: http://oleaf.shawwebspace.ca/