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Donna Rae MacPherson

Donna Rae MacPherson


Obituary for Donna Rae MacPherson

September 22, 1937 — June 7, 2021

Donna passed away peacefully on June 7th at the age of 83, with her daughters by her side. She's now reunited with her dear husband Lloyd, parents Philip & Marguerite (nee Badger) Large, and sisters Jeanne Isberg & Ruth McKee. We expect the party's well underway.

Left to mourn are her children Ray, Kathie Boyd and Sue (Skip) Waltz; sister Leslie Dixon; grandchildren Dexter & Dashiell Syme and Aaron & Louis Boyd; step-grandchildren Keith & Mike Waltz and Tasha Brezel; the grandkids' respective partners & spouses; six step-great- grandchildren; nieces, nephews and in-laws; Jeff Syme and lots of friends who were loved like family. We bid her the fondest of farewells.

Donna was born and raised in Winnipeg. She and Lloyd met at RL Crane and they were married in 1959; by 1964, they'd become a family of five. Together they enjoyed a rich social life, and were very involved in the golf club and community centre. They loved to 'cut a rug' and curl together. Ladies' bridge club and the annual Christmas Eve party were hosted at 2 Bruce. Believe it or not, Donna also taught Sunday school!

In 1964, Donna started helping her ailing dad with his PS Large Agency, which marked the beginning of her long career in insurance. After the family headed west in 1971, Donna worked at a sequence of insurance agencies in North Vancouver and Richmond where her expertise and client-focused service were well regarded.

Donna loved to travel and was always up for an adventure. Among her favorite destinations were Hawaii with Lloyd, Susie's place in Maine, and any place her sisters might be, especially if the four of them were having a reunion! She enjoyed time spent with her grandsons, playing cards (bridge, crib, 31 or any game for that matter), trips to the casino, and any (and all) shenanigans with the ladies. Donna couldn't resist "testing" a recipe in progress or a well-timed F-bomb!

Until dementia struck a decade ago, Donna was the hub of our family, spending endless hours on the phone keeping up with the latest news. She knew all the relatives, blood and otherwise, and how everyone was connected; she kept most everyone's birthday, anniversary and telephone number stored in her memory. Her presence has been missed.

Donna can rest easy knowing she'll be fondly remembered for so much: her radiant smile right 'til her final days; her knack for making everyone feel welcome; making friends wherever she went; and always making time to say Hello; NOT the "Kermit."

Memorial Donations

The family will celebrate Donna's life when we can all be together again. In lieu of flowers, kindly support these organizations:

  2. VIAFC ( advocates for higher standards of care in long-term care facilities. Its current focus is twofold:

    • to offer assistance to family council groups throughout BC that wish to establish their own regional associations; and
    • to form a Provincial Association of resident & family councils to ensure they have a meaningful voice in decision-making that impacts long term care.

    Cheques can also be mailed to: 6872 Harwood Drive, Lantzville, BC V0R 2H0


The goal of the foundation is to make the time remaining for terminally ill patients more comfortable and meaningful by providing support (physical, emotional and spiritual) and by reducing suffering, loneliness and fear.

A Son's Lament - Memorial Poem by Ray MacPherson

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