Donna Marion Marshall
May 10, 1938 – November 29, 2019
Passed away peacefully in her 82nd year at Brampton Civic Hospital on November 29 2019. Devoted wife of Bill Marshall for 58 years. Beloved daughter of the late Babe and Stan Willis of Flin Flon Manitoba. Dear mother of Carolyn Derbyshire and her husband Glenn of Orangeville. Predeceased by her loving son Stan. (1998) Cherished grandmother of Douglas and Victoria Derbyshire.
In her youth in Flin Flon Donna was active in Girl Guides, Glee Club, curled and played piano. At the cabin at Beaver Lake in nearby Saskatchewan Donna fished and hunted with her Mom and Dad. After graduating high school Donna traveled to Winnipeg to complete business college. Upon her return to Flin Flon she worked for Hudson Bay Mining and Smelting and got her radio licence to work at the local airfield. In 1959 Donna was crowned Queen Mermaid in the annual Flin Flon Trout Festival. She represented Flin Flon in Minneapolis as Queen. Donna often told stories of the dinners, speeches, Television appearances and the parades in convertibles while being there. One of the prizes was a modeling course in Toronto.
Once in Toronto Donna worked at the Ministry of Education as a stenographer and made some life long friendships. Shortly thereafter she was introduced to Bill Marshall and the two married in Flin Flon September 30th 1961. December 1963, they moved to the B section of Bramalea where they became an active part of a wonderful neighbourhood. Many of the neighbours became good friends and part of the family. Carolyn was born in 1964 and Stan in 1966. Baking, cooking, sewing and preserving filled the days as she cared for her family but not as much as her passions for the gardens. She started with an old farm field that the house was built on and it was not long until her talents showed. Over the years the City of Brampton recognized Donna's efforts. Bill and Donna also enjoyed many trips together over the years and on each trip made many friends from all over the world.
As per Donna's wishes a service will not be held. In Donna's memory please add something to your garden that will endure for all eternity. Donations in Donna's memory can be made to the Canadian Hemophilia Society. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Andrews Funeral home.
- Canadian Hemophilia Society.
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Donna Marion Marshall
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December 8, 2019
Donna and I were lifelong friends, I met her in Winnipeg through a mutual friend early in 1957. We became room mates that summer until Donna left Winnipeg to go back to Flin Flon. We kept in touch by letter and met again in Toronto after she had become Miss Queen Mermaid and had come to take the modelling course that was one of the prizes. We had a wonderful reunion. I filled her in on my now married life and she told me all about handsome Bill Marshall whom she had just met. Then came my husband Ray's Air Force posting to northern Quebec and we resumed our letter writing, phone calls and visits. Throughout the years it never mattered how great a distance there was between us; it fell away the moment we said hello. Donna was such a wonderful person, so talented in many ways and always ready to share her good nature with others. I shall always miss her as I know will all who knew her.
Elaine & Phil Landray
December 3, 2019
Donna married my cousin, Bill with whom we spent many holidays in our childhood. We also moved to the B Section of Bramalea in July 1963 and my daughter, Donna, was born a month before Carolyn in April 1964 so it seems like our lives have paralleled one another in many ways. Our thoughts are with Carolyn, Glenn, Doug and Victoria and also with Bill in the days ahead.