Donna PETRIE

PETRIE, Donna


Donna Joan Margaret Petrie  (nee Reid) passed away peacefully in Vernon BC on May 5, 2015, after a long and courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease.

She is predeceased by her parents Peter and Emily Reid, son-in-law Darrell Nellis and great-grand-daughter Charity Klassen. 

She is survived by her loving husband Roy, of 58 years, her children, Joy (Ken) Klassen of Lumby, BC; Glenda (Ken) Stang of Hanna, Alberta; Glenn (Karan) Petrie of Edmonton, Alberta; Calvin Petrie of West Vancouver, BC and Tara (Jamie) Insel of Vernon, BC. She was a wonderful Nana to Vanessa, Sacheen, Sean, Delanie, Brianna and Brett as well as a Great-Nana to Gregory, Richelle, Meadow, Cali and Alexander.

Donna was born March 9, 1939 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, the eldest of three girls. She was extremely close to her sisters Linda (Lyle) Duncalfe of Osoyoos BC and Tanna (Dan) Banks of Abbotsford, BC. She has many nieces and nephews who loved Auntie Donna’s wit and humour.

Donna met her husband Roy in 1954. Donna and Roy married July 13, 1957 and shortly after began their family. The family enjoyed camping in Ontario, family treks in the snow to cut their Christmas tree, tobogganing and outings to the drive in theatre. They resided in Winnipeg until 1972 when the family moved to the warmer BC climate. They settled in Hope, BC where they lived for 33 years. Donna worked at the Bank of Montreal in Hope BC for 25 years. Donna served as secretary for the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 218 for a few years and was also co-founder of the Hope chapter of the Canadian Cancer Society. Donna loved to crochet and knit. She also loved camping, fishing and the outdoors.

A celebration of life will be held July 13, 2015 at the Schubert Center in Vernon, BC.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Parkinson’s Society of BC.