Bertrand, Donna L. (nee Cameron)
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Loving wife of Luc, mother of Amanda (Martin Bougie), David (Geneviève Thériault), Rory and grandmother of Lachlan, Donna passed peacefully in her sleep at her home in Baie d'Urfe early morning of Wednesday December 5th ending her battle with ALS. She was pre-deceased by her mother Murdo (Campbell) and her father, Gilbert.
In her final months, Donna was surrounded by those she loved most: family, friends and her beloved dog Missy. Donna loved the company of others and enjoyed the many visits she received. Seeing an old friend or relative always brought a smile to her face. Donna lived a big life, and among her great interests were crafts, tennis, golf, volleyball, travelling and her love for Scottish terriers. Donna had an eye for interior decorating and gardening. Her homes were always comfortable and welcoming.
She generously volunteered countless hours over the years to the Baie d'Urfe Library and Nova Thrift Shop in Beaurepaire.
But Donna was first and foremost a devoted wife and mom, her family being the center of her life. She leaves a great legacy of family values for the generations to come.
In her illness, Donna was a fighter. Despite her prognosis, she fought to make it to her son David's wedding this past September. She was also fighting to be here to meet her first granddaughter, and although she will not be there in person, she will in spirit.
Donna will be greatly missed by all , as she touched the lives of so many with her love and generosity. A special thank you to Donna's wonderful and dedicated caretakers, Helen Achale, Ingrid Ganzhorn and Muriel Alexandre for their love, compassion and professionalism. Also special thanks to Dr. Barbara Hogenbirk and her team at the Brunswick Medical center, Heather Wood and her colleagues at Nova West Island , Nathalie Beauvais and her team at the Lac St-Louis CLSC and to Dr. Angela Genge and her team at the Montreal Neurological Institute.
A ceremony in Donna's memory will be held in January 2013. In lieu of flowers, a donation to one of Donna's preferred charities would be appreciated.
• Emergo Foundation – http://servicesderepitemergo.com/wordpress/?lang=en
• NOVA West Island – http://www3.novawi.org/joomla/en
• 60 million girls - http://www.60milliongirls.org/index_main_en.php
Published in The Gazette on Dec. 8, 2012