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DONNA RUTH DUNCAN (published on September 24, 2009)

DONNA RUTH DUNCAN (nee DALES) April 2, 1940 - September 20, 2009 It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Donna Ruth Duncan on Sunday, September 20, 2009 at the Women's Hospital at the age of 69, peacefully after a courageous battle with cancer. Remaining to forever cherish Donna's memory are her four children, Dale Altstadt (Debbie), Shelley Stewner (Perry), Dayna MacDearmid, and Stephen Altstadt; her grandchildren, Amanda, Allison, Courtney, Marissa, Whitney, Alanah, Andrew, and great-granddaughter Haylee; sister-in-law Daisy Dales, friends Denis and Heather Altstadt; as well as nieces and nephews. Donna was predeceased by her father James, her mother Mabel, her brother Alan, an infant son, and her nephew Ian and her two husbands, Gerry Flesher and John Duncan. Donna was a kind, caring and loving person who cherished her family and many friends and was always there to give advice and support. She enjoyed looking after her great-granddaughter, her pride and joy. We will all miss her crocheting, needlepoint, and especially her baking. During her life she enjoyed curling, bowling and travelling and leading an adventurous life. She thoroughly enjoyed the time she spent organizing monthly lunches for the Donna Kot Ovarian Cancer Group. A celebration of Donna's life will take place Friday, September 25, 2009 at 3:00 p.m., at The Assiniboia Downs Racetrack in The Finish Line Room. A private family interment at Elmwood Cemetery will be held at a later date. We would like to extend our appreciation to the staff of the 5th floor at the Women's Hospital and Clinic 3 for their care and compassion. In lieu of flowers please make donations to N.O.C.A., Ovarian Cancer Canada, 101145 Front St. East, Toronto, Ontario, M5A 1E3. And the mother said: I have reached the end of my journey. And now I know that the end is better than the beginning, for my children can walk alone, and their children after them. And the children said: You will always walk with us, Mother, even when you have gone through the gates. And they stood and watched her as she went on alone, and the gates closed after her. And they said: We cannot see her, but she is with us still. A mother like ours is more than a memory. She is a living presence. God has you in His keeping, We have you in our hearts Mom ...

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