OBITUARY

Donna Lynn (Patrick) Rankin

August 19, 1957February 9, 2021

Peacefully and courageously Donna Lynn Rankin (nee Patrick) passed away at home in Stouffville, Ontario on February 9th, 2021 with her immediate family by her side.

Donna is survived by her husband of 43 years Michael, and daughters, Vanessa (Joel) and Kristen. She will be deeply missed by her eldest sister Gail (Geoff), and brothers Jim (Mary-Ellen), and Alex (Nicole), as well as her many nieces and nephews. Awaiting Donna in heaven is her beloved sister Wendy, along with her caring parents Mable and James Patrick. Also awaiting her in heaven are her mother-in-law and dear friend, Elizabeth Rankin, and her much loved maternal grandmother Lilly Cassidy who were both guiding lights for Donna throughout her life.

Early in her career, Donna applied her sharp intellect and fine attention to detail as a bookkeeper for ACTRA. At mid-life she took the brave step to return to school to follow her life-long dream of pursuing a career in food. Following numerous apprentices and several years of study, Donna graduated from the Culinary Arts Program at George Brown College. As a professional Chef, Donna worked diligently within the industry, leading her to build her own successful corporate catering company, Northern Bounty Inc., based in Newmarket, Ontario. Her pride in this accomplishment and tenacity to follow her dreams as a third-generation female entrepreneur continues to be a huge inspiration to her daughters and was felt by all who knew her.

Donna had an altruistic spirit and earlier in life was a dedicated volunteer at The Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture. Following retirement, Donna’s desire to continue to make a difference by helping others led her to volunteer with Emmanuel International and an extended stay in Malawi, Africa where she worked as a hands-on volunteer with the United Nations World Food Programme. As an active member of the Stouffville community, she found great joy working with The ABLE Network and their wonderful participants, as well as volunteering for Laura Hunter’s STEPS Program, and as an involved and caring advocate for residents at Parkview Long-Term Care Home.

Donna’s adventurous nature inspired travels off the beaten path with her husband and daughters in Canada, Mexico, Cuba, Portugal, Costa Rica, and led us to walk the beautiful Camino de Santiago through Spain. She greatly enjoyed trips with her dear friends to China and Italy.

Throughout her life, Donna was incredibly strong, tenacious, hardworking, caring, and devoted to those she loved. Her sense of humour was quick and helped to carry her and those around her throughout her 2018 pancreatic cancer diagnosis. Every step of the way she continued to possess her trademark combination of immense courage and pragmatism. She ensured that she took care of everyone else first and that this disease did not win in defining her life.

As a family, we wish to sincerely thank the Evergreen Palliative Care team for their excellent and compassionate care in keeping Donna as comfortable as possible in her final weeks. Donna will forever be engraved on our hearts. A spirit as big as hers will not go far from those she loved in life. Thank you to everyone who has known and loved Donna as much as we do and who will continue to keep her memory alive within them.

Donna embraced and lovingly shared this quote from Joe Biden with us to assist in our grief, and we hope it helps you too: “There will come a day, I promise you, when the thought of your son, or daughter, or your wife or your husband, brings a smile to your lips before it brings a tear to your eye. It will happen. My prayer for you is that day will come sooner than later.”

In lieu of flowers, if so compelled, donations to support Evergreen Hospice evgcares.org would be greatly appreciated.

A Celebration of Life will be announced by the family at a later date.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.ThompsonFH-Aurora.com for the Rankin family.

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Donna Lynn (Patrick) Rankin

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Lindsay Moore

February 22, 2021

Sending our thoughts to Michael and all of the family. We were very fortunate to have Donna share her time and her love of cooking with us. Donna's compassion and generosity were unmistakable, and a great example for us all. We are thankful for the time we had with Donna, and we will forever cherish the memories we made.

Rest in Peace.
Your friends at The ABLE Network

Jennifer Fowler

February 17, 2021

Our thoughts go out to Michael and all the family. Donna's warm and giving nature will always be remembered! Will never forget how super organized she was and always meeting with a smile!
A special thank you for giving your time and energy to the ABLE Network.
Rest in Peace.
Brandon, Stu and Jen Fowler

Kaitlyn Henry

February 17, 2021

I have many good memories of Donna, one of my favourites is the time we went over to their house and had a BBQ and played giant jenga in their backyard. I will really miss her. I am sorry for your loss

Maria Gewarges

February 17, 2021

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time.

Jonathan and the Gewarges Family
(Able in Stouffville Family)

Lizzie Jordan

February 17, 2021

It was nice to meet Donna at ABLE. I enjoyed our cooking times.
She was always happy.
May she Rest In Peace in God’s arms!

Cecelia Palmer

February 13, 2021

Vanessa and family,

Our love goes out to you all in this time of grief and loss. We hope the memories and time you have had together can carry you forward and lighten your grief in time. Your connection to her will be enduring and we know she will be carried forward in your hearts, minds and actions in this world.
Love,
Cecelia and Warren Palmer

Larry & Angela Stewart

February 12, 2021

We got to know Donna during our China tour with her and Michael, and then on subsequent visits with Lynda & George over the years. Her kindness, thoughtfulness and friendship were sincerely appreciated, and she will be fondly remembered.

Our sincere condolences to Michael, Vanessa, Kristen & family
Larry & Angela

Jeff Nolte

February 12, 2021

My memories of Donna - Fanny & Matthew's wedding, their baby shower and Thanksgiving with Mabel in Stouffville ... Matthew and I went to visit once and Michael & Donna took us outside to show us the GIANT tree in their backyard - bigger than their arms could encircle - with hopes that love and fond memories will remain long after some of the feelings of loss recede.

Jeff, Cindy, Brooke and Joe Clugston

February 11, 2021

20 years ago our families moved onto Lloyd st. within weeks of each other. Next door neighbours became friends, and then family.
Bon fires and BBQ’s, backyards and back decks, great dinners and delicious desserts, glasses of wine and countless chats over the fence.
Your cheery smile, witty remarks and infectious laugh will be sorely missed and fondly remembered.
We’ll continue these traditions with your family with you always in our hearts and our conversations.

Rest Peacefully dear friend. We love you.

Jeff, Cindy, Brooke & Joe Clugston

Fanny Griffin-Nolte

February 11, 2021

Michael, Vanessa, and Kristen,
I have many memories of Aunt Donna, the most meaningful of which involve my children. Maggie and Violet were always so excited to get to see Aunt Donna and Uncle Mike when we would come for a visit. They loved running around in the backyard, looking for frogs in the pond, and nibbling on whatever delicious offerings Donna had generously prepared for us.
Donna's strength of character, sense of humour, and thoughtfulness will always remain front and centre for me, and are qualities she shared with her sister Wendy.
We share in your grief and heartbreak, but also in keeping those cherished memories alive in our hearts to sustain us.
Much love,
Fanny

FROM THE FAMILY