Donna Maria Fabris
Passed on August 11, 2023
May 10th, 1957 – August 11th, 2023
Donna Maria Fabris passed away peacefully at morning on Friday, August 11th, 2023 at the Grace Hospital in Winnipeg.
Preceded in death by her sister Marilyn and her parents Peter and Louise, Donna is survived and her memory cherished by her sons, Randy, Matthew and Gary, her sister Gayle, her beloved cats Eddy and Stix and her six grandchildren.
We will forever remember our mother for her generous heart and giving nature. Sure to spare her last dime to another she deemed in greater need, Mom would sooner go without herself, than to see another suffer. An unselfish soul was she, who was never dazzled by the material stuff of life.
Mom’s door was forever open to any stray animal. Her motto was “If you are cold, they are cold. Let them in.” And so, through life, Mom’s home was refuge to mainly cats and dogs, demonstrating the strength of her commitment to caring for stray, abused and neglected animals. Her compassion and devotion was overwhelmingly influential, for each of us have proudly followed in her footsteps.
Naturally artistic, our mom had an enviable talent for drawing and playing piano by ear, only surpassed by her greatest passion, which was cooking. She was happiest in the kitchen, rattling those pots and pans, continually developing her skills throughout the years and spoiling us all with her amazing culinary delights. Her knowledge and ability was extraordinary.
Mom was down to earth, never ever any airs, quite the opposite, nor did she embrace many conventional beliefs towards the manner in which she lived. Our mother marched to her own drum beat and maintained her individuality throughout her life. Blessed with a love for laughter and a unique sense of humor salted with a little sarcasm, she favoured to find the comical side of most any situation.
Mom loved the beauty of the changing seasons. She took great pleasure in storm clouds rolling in, the pitter patter of rain, fluffy snowflakes, mighty winds, the changing colors of fall and the sound of leaves crunching under foot. She appreciated the simple and natural of the world around her.
Our hearts are broken for we must live on without our dear mother. We will take comfort though, in our cherished memories of Mom and her love for us and ours for her and remember and appreciate her for furnishing us with many important life lessons. These are our Mom’s special gifts to us, helping us journey forward in our own lives. We will hold her memory close forever.
The family extends special thanks to Dr. Haresha for his exceptional care and to dear Rebecca for her friendship and devotion.
In accordance with Mom’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A private family service will be held at the Victoria Church and Cemetery, Balmoral, MB.
Given Mom’s special affection for animals, the family would be honoured by any donations made in her memory to an animal rescue shelter of choice.
Mom, there are not enough words to express just how deeply you will be missed. God bless you and be with you, until we meet again. Your loving sons, Randy, Matthew and Gary.
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