Donna Hayes

Donna Marlene Hayes (Fentie, Pilkington)

Wednesday, May 25th, 1949 - Saturday, November 14th, 2020
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Donna Hayes (Fentie, Pilkington)
May 25 1949 - November 14 2020

Peacefully and surrounded by her family, Donna left this life to “dance with Jesus” on Saturday November 14th. Donna battled Alzheimer’s and Parkinsons but believed fully that God had a plan for her life. Forever remembered by husband Jim Hayes, Daughters Tricia VanGorp (Brad), Tara Gavey (Matthew), Andrea Gavey (Benjamin) as well as her grandchildren Ali, Trevor, Holly, Lydia, Sophia, Danika and Alexandra. Lovingly also remembered by her step-children Michael Hayes (Susan), Mark Hayes, David Hayes (Joanne), Justin Hayes (Karen), Rachel Hayes as well as her ‘bonus’ grandchildren Madison, Ethan, Ella, Lily, Remi, Owen, Adelyn, Elyse, Olivia and Logan. Donna will also be cherished by her siblings Carole Smith (Glen), Gerry Pilkington (Sharon), Norene Pilkington and cherished lifelong friend and father to her children Ron Fentie. She was predeceased by her parents Fred and Elva Pilkington and brother Bill Pilkington.
Donna was born, raised and proud to be from Avon. She began her career at 3M (5 years) and then worked for Bruce Cole Insurance, Ingersoll, for 29 years. She called Tillsonburg home for the last 22 years and was an adherent at St. Paul’s United Church in Aylmer for many years.
Donna loved gardening, walking, decorating, spending time with friends and loved to dance. Spending time with her grandchildren and children was always seen as both a priority and a privilege. She would often use vacation days and her free time to paint the homes of her friends and family. She was loving, hardworking, considerate and had the most beautiful smile with eyes that would light up a room.
A private family funeral service will be held at Springfield Baptist Church on Thursday November 19th, 2020. A heartfelt thank you goes out to Donna's daily support team (and new family) Koralee DenHarder, Tara Foster, Suzanne Toth, Michelle Hesch, and Kelsey Beer. The family is grateful for the VON nurses Derek, Jennifer and Jody.
Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Society, Parkinson’s Foundation or Pearce William's Christian Center and can be made by contacting Ostrander’s Funeral Home Limited, 43 Bidwell St., Tillsonburg, ON, N4G 3T6, (519) 842-5221 who have been entrusted with arrangements.
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    A Private Service will be held at Springfield Baptist Church
    12471 Whittaker Road
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    Pastor Derrick Drover
  • Interment

    Delmer Cemetery
    312242 Dereham Line
    Delmer, ON
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Steven McQueen

Posted at 09:58pm
Deep sadness and grief come from the deepest of love that a family has for each other. Donna had the true sprit of love and compassion for neighbours' and community. So blessed for the times we could sit and laugh together as she would always have that little mischievous smile. Thoughts and prayers to the entire family.

Sincerely, Steve & Cheryl McQueen and Family

Diane Burgesss

Posted at 07:36am
Tricia, Tara and Andrea and families
Your mom was a fun loving person. We remember the time "Santa & his elves" visited to sing Christmas songs at Donna's house on Lisgar. She welcomed us in as she does but a little embarrassed as she was working around with a hole in her sock! Well the next year Santa had to go back to her house and deliver her a pair of socks. We laughed about that for a few years! Whenever we saw Donna we had a good time. Her smile is so memorable as well. Heaven has gained a lovely angel. We will keep you girls and your families and Jim in our thoughts and prayers.
Wayne and Diane

Carol McLafferty

Posted at 07:16am
With a very heavy heart we say goodbye to a vibrant, funny and loving Donna. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother and great friend. With love.
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Val Weber

Posted at 03:26pm
Trish, Brad, Ali, Trevor & Holly:

May the love of constant caring friends soften your sadness, may cherished memories bring you moments of comfort, may lasting peace surround your grieving hearts. Thinking of you all

Val, Steve & Brennen

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Posted at 12:20pm
With loving memories of Donna
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