Donna Shipway passed away peacefully at the University of Alberta Hospital in Edmonton, AB on July 16, 2016. Donna was born to Elizabeth (Lizzie) and Ross Griffith in London, ON and was raised on a near by family farm in the small town of Lobo, ON with her one brother and two sisters, Orville, Irene and June. Donna married her husband Robert (Bob) Shipway of Ailsa Craig, ON on October 26, 1963 and shortly after they moved to Alberta to pursue Bob’s career in the oil and gas industry. Together they began their lifelong journey raising their four children, Jodi (husband Darryn, daughters Christa and Jessa), Melanie (husband Joe and son Ken), Lacey (husband Marthinus, son Andrew and daughter Isabella), and Robert (wife Kristina, daughter Sydney and son Spencer), while living in Calgary, Edmonton and Leduc before settling on their very own family farm in Millet. Donna was always eager to help anyone in need and would welcome everyone into her home with a bright-eyed smile and home-cooked meal or fresh baked goods. She had an eye for detail in home decoration and was known to always be “dressed to the nines”. If she wasn’t baking, cooking a large meal, helping a friend, talking on the phone to keep up to date with all those that she loved dearly, Donna could be found shopping…her all-time favourite hobby. More than anything, she loved spending time with her family and seven grandchildren (eagerly awaiting the arrival of the eighth), so much so that her worldwide travels always left her homesick. Family was her world. Donna was patient, understanding, generous, kind and had endless love to give. Donna filled a special spot in the hearts of so many and will be dearly missed, but never forgotten.
A memorial service will be held at Daystar Church, Friday, July 22, 10:30 a.m., 3610 Gaetz Road, Leduc, AB T9E 6N4.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the University Hospital Foundation (Neurosurgery Department), 8440 – 112 Street NW, Edmonton, AB T6G 9Z9 www.universityhospitalfoundation.ab.ca/donate.