Waterford - Donna Burke-Howes, 59, of Waterford, died on Wednesday, June 25, 2014, after a brief but fierce battle with cancer.
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She was born to Nancy and Edward Burke Jr., on June 9, 1955, in Meriden. Donna graduated from Francis T. Maloney High School in 1973 and received her bachelor's degree in nursing in 1993 and a master's degree in nurse midwifery in 2002 from the Medical University of South Carolina.
Donna was an avid lover of horses, dogs and warm weather. She was a devoted and loving mother and grandmother and took great care and pride in helping countless mothers deliver their newborns as a nurse-midwife over the course of her distinguished career.
Donna is survived by her parents; her sister, Dianne Burke of Meriden; her children, Melanie Travers of Silver Spring, Md., Rebecca Travers of Asheville, N.C., and Jacob Howes of Waterford; and her six grandchildren, London, Micah, Lila, Lennox, Jude, and Elliot.
A funeral service will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 1, 2014, at the John J. Ferry & Sons Funeral Home, 88 E. Main St., Meriden. Family and friends may call at the funeral home from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her name may be made to the American College of Nurse-Midwives, 8403 Colesville Road, Suite 1550, Silver Spring, MD 20910 or Akindale Thoroughbred Rescue, 323 Quaker Hill Road, Pawling, NY 12564.
For online condolences, please visit www.jferryfh.com.
John J. Ferry & Sons Funeral Home
80 East Main Street
Meriden, CT 06450
Published in The Day on June 29, 2014