Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Celebration of Life for Donna Jean Lounsbury Oct. 17


A celebration of Life for Donna Jean Lounsbury
Pincher Creek United Church 
Saturday October 17, at 2 p.m. following a family graveside service
Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the Pincher Creek SPCA or the Heart and Stroke Foundation. 

Donna Jean Lounsbury passed suddenly at her Lethbridge home October 4, 2015, with her friend Shasta by her side. She joins her mom and close friend Vera laughing together and watching over us all.

Donna is the first child of Robert (Bob) Cecil and Vera Jean Lounsbury, and big sister to Susan Dianne Baran and Robert Brock Lounsbury.

Donna had a deep love for her dogs Gizmo and Shasta, but closest to her heart were her nieces and nephews: Darci Lounsbury (Heidi Germdrowner) and Mathew Philips; Danielle (Dani Banani), Lindsay (Boo) and Leah (Leah Beah) Lounsbury; and her great nephew and niece William Philips (Sir William) and Grace Philips (Gracie Goose). She was the best aunt they could ever have and a huge influence. She received great love and respect back from them through her life. Donna had a long-term and close relationship with her sister-in-law Tracey.

In her time Donna touched many people, and was cherished by so many friends. She was quick witted and funny; gifts that served her well as a youth counselor at Sifton House and as a Legal Aid Officer. On both career paths she gave back to humanity. She often made mention of the dry humour of the Blackfoot people – something she embraced as she grew through life.

She loved the outdoors, camping and hiking. Donna followed the family way of hunting briefly in her youth when she harvested a gopher with a .22. The event so traumatized her she broke with tradition and never hunted again.

Her favourite place was Vancouver Island - particularly the west coast and Long Beach. She tried to make at least one pilgrimage every year. She shared herself on many trips with her family to that magical place. A big piece of her will always be with us there, and we will all feel her presence in that wonderful place.

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