Giffen-Mack Funeral Home & Cremation Centre

2570 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON


Donna Jean Elliott

6 October , 194412 February , 2019
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Donna Jean Elliott, Passed away peacefully at the Michael Garron Hospital on Tuesday February 12, 2019 in her 74th year. Donna, beloved wife of Wayne. Loving mother of Lisa Dunn and the late Kimberley Ann Dunn. Dear grandmother of Brittany, Aidan, William (Billy) Nix, Joey Nix and Trevor Nix. Great grandmother of William Jr. Nix and Connor Nix. Dear sister of the late Alex Ward.

As expressions of sympathy, donations in Memory of Donna may be made to the Toronto Wildlife Centre or the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be greatly appreciated.

God hath not promised Skies always blue Flower-strewn pathways All our lives through God hath not promised Sun without rain Joy without sorrow Peace without pain But God hath promised Strength for the day Rest for the labor Light for the way Grace for the trials Help from above Unfailing sympathy Undying Love


  • Visitation Friday, 1 March , 2019
  • Visitation Friday, 1 March , 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, 2 March , 2019


Donna Jean Elliott

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Doris Beaumont

5 March 2019

What amazing woman our beloved sister sister in law Donna was!
A wonderful life well lived to serve and help others.
So honouring to hear how well loved and respected she was among so many lives.
We are so thankful for the love and respect she gave to Wayne all their 33 years of happiness together.
Donna will be cherished & remembered in many hearts for ever.
She had many titles in her lifetime. Wife, Mother,Sister,Gramma, Great Gramma, Friend.Sister-In- Law.. Now name is in the biggest guestbook. The Book of Life.
Peace and Comfort of the Lord Jesus Christ to all.
Blessings in His Name
Doris& Bob

Marianne Norton

4 March 2019

Please know that we are thinking of you during this difficult time. With deepest sympathies. The Reynolds Family

Linda Duval

2 March 2019

Miss Donna

Rod and I meet Donna in the nineties re-enacting, you were a wonderful inspiration to us and I'm sure many others. You always had an infectious smile and a kind word. I for one remember, you made a dream come true for me, at last I got to be a Callander Girl (guy) many thanks.

What can one say you have been loved by many and will be missed by all.

God Speed Our Friend
Soar With Your Loved Ones

Wayne and Family
Our deepest Condolences and Heartfelt Thoughts are with you and Your Family

Rod Brookbanks & Linda Duval
Retired 9th New York Cavalry

Cruz López

2 March 2019

We met Donna when we went to Gettysburg along with a bunch of Spaniards, a few years ago. Although we hardly spent time together, she was very tender and took care of all of us. She always thought of us and never forgot a Christmas card ever since. This year, for the first time, we missed it. We will miss you!

Tracy Woods

1 March 2019

Such a wonderful person. I have not gotten to know you for very long but I will remember you as a loving Mother and Grandmother. You will be missed by many. R.I.P. Donna. God has gained another Angel.

Susan Mazda

1 March 2019

I worked with Donna for many years at Canada Post and she was a very special lady. She always had a smile and was very happy with her life. She will be missed by many.
Wayne and family I am so sorry for your loss, the good ones should never be taken so early.


Valerie Marrow

1 March 2019

As I read through all these tributes to you, Donna, so wonderfully written it so expresses that you are being missed more than words can express. You touched so many lives with your friendship, your laughter, your sense of adventure and history but most of all your love. So many people are honored that you came into their lives and shared with them wonderful moments- memories that will live forever.
(Donna is my sister-in-law-she is a sister-in-law to eight other of Wayne's siblings and their spouses. And she is an aunt to many, many, nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews).
Donna, you are loved and you will never be forgotten.

Dave Carney

1 March 2019


On a grassy old ridge, atop a small hill
there stands a large tree, so quiet and still

And under that tree, you’ll find many large stones
not far beneath which, rest many o’ bones

And down from the stones, stretches a bit of a field
a small patch of dirt many of men would not yield

In that field grows tall grass wheat, and flowers
and with rake hoe and shovel, she’d toil for hours

To the field ‘twas a gift from her hands and her heart
that virtuous self, drove her to do good from the start

Though she ventured that way only once in each year
the men resting in the ground, how their spirits did cheer

For they’d fought for our right to do near as we please
and they died for their beliefs though not at all with an ease

There’s was a hard life full of scrabble and scrape
and like us from death there could be no escape

They had chosen their path, knew of what they were giving
they’d fought for a place which to leave to the living

And just like these souls, she lived, worked and died
but for all years to come, she’ll still stand by our side

Her arms always wide open, like branches to hold you
and her laughter once heard left all smiling right through

She gave of herself like not many before her
and holes she’ll be leaving in hearts still astir

And all that did know her, wish her nothing but good
and goodness and love to those she leaves where she stood

But as we go forward, we’re tasked to recall
that after the tears and folding the pall

She’ll be here still to help show us the way
in all of our times, through work, rest and play

Like the tree, she was grounded, steady and firm
and she gave love and took it, her fullness of term

And know she will revel in her new-found glory
taking part with them all in her beloved old story

For remember ourselves, that now Donna can see
the men in the field ‘neath the rocks and the tree

Nancy (NancyM) Blake

27 February 2019

I never met Donna in person, but we shared many an evening in the Hornby Eagles chat and even had a few telephone conversations. I learned a lot from Donna about the Civil War - I had never known about the Canadian involvement (not to mention Miss Annabelle and the iron skillet!). Donna had an artist's eye, as her photos from Hornby Island and other places revealed; an artist's hand, as seen in the few paintings she showed me; and an infinitely generous soul, as evidenced by her spontaneous gift-giving nature. As much as she loved the eagles and all creatures, her family was clearly first and foremost in her heart. Please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of this strong and lovely woman and may you find some peace in knowing how many people loved and admired her.

Caitlin Brown

27 February 2019

I had the privilege of working with Donna this past Fall when she brought her crew to Gettysburg to help care for Devils Den and the Triangular Field. Donna and Wayne were extremely gracious and welcoming, and made me feel like I knew them for years. She was my ray of sunshine that weekend! Donna's passion for the memory of the soldiers who fought and died at Gettysburg was both admirable and humbling. The Adopt-A-Position program is a little less strong without Donna. Saying she will be missed is a tremendous understatement. On behalf of Gettysburg National Military Park, I wish to offer our deepest condolences to Donna's family and friends.