The Draper Family is saddened to announce the passing of their sister, aunt and friend, Donna Marie Draper on September 13, 2023, with her beloved sister Marilyn by her side.
Donna was predeceased by her parents Lillian (nee Oliver) and Richard Draper and brothers Wayne, David and Roger. She is survived by Marilyn, Bryan (Susan), Doug, Karen Mills, Bonnie Robins (Randy), Gary (Angie), Paul (Diana), Michael and by her many nieces and nephews.
Born February 11, 1954, in Port Colborne, ON, as the 6th child in an ever-growing family, Donna spent her early days living in Welland, Attercliffe, Dunnville and South Cayuga. Growing up in a family of 12 children offered little in the realm of luxury. Money was tight, attention was thin and survival depended on the pure grit of one’s character. To say times were tough is an understatement! The family went without most of the time, but what they lacked in material luxuries was exceeded by resourcefulness and a constant supply of playmates.
As a young, shy girl, Donna dreamed of becoming a teacher and practiced her craft on her younger siblings alongside her sisters. Perhaps this dream was influenced by the one-room schoolhouse in South Cayuga where her siblings represented nearly every grade. Once finished school, Donna worked for a short time at Essex Manufacturing and soon moved on to Bick’s where she spent the majority of her employment. Here she worked for years alongside several brothers and sisters.
Donna never married, nor had children but adored her nieces and nephews and spent much time with them in their early years. Donna and her sister Marilyn were particularly close and one was rarely referenced without the other. They have been best friends, confidants and by each other’s side through all of life’s woes. Donna had a deep bond with her faith. She enjoyed reading scripture and listening to daily radio sermons. She was an avid letter writer, loved 60’s music and was well known for her Christmas gifts. She lived simply. She was willful, rarely did she deviate from her weekly routine, and most importantly, she lived life on her terms.
May she now rest peacefully. Private cremation has taken place, memorial donations to Community Addictions and Mental Health Services of Haldimand-Norfolk ( camhs.ca ) would be appreciated by the family. Online condolences jwhartfuneralhome.com
My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.