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Donna Barker

Donna Barker

Monday, February 24, 2020

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Obituary for Donna Barker

Barker, Donna Marie (née Burnett) - Donna passed away with her daughter Laurie at her side at Carlingview Manor, Ottawa, on February 24, 2020, in her sixty eighth year. Widow of the late Douglas Barker (1950-2004) and former wife of Stephen Howe. Donna was born in Lindsay, Ontario on June 29, 1952. Daughter of the late Donald and Alice Burnett. Donna lived most of her life in Lindsay and Peterborough, but moved around Ontario to follow her second husband’s career. She retired to Lindsay in 2008 and was happy to spend more time with her mother for the next few years; both were widows and spent time together at the mall and drinking tea or coffee and enjoying a smoke. Earlier in her life she worked in many restaurants in Lindsay, and after her graduation with honours from Sir Sanford Fleming College, she finished her working life as the Food Service Supervisor for the St. John’s Centre retirement home in Peterborough. Donna will be deeply mourned by her daughter Laurie Howe, her primary caregiver in the last year, her son-in-law Marc Chabot, and their children Simon and Sarah. Donna also leaves behind her daughter Sandra Ashton, her husband Michael and their four daughters and one granddaughter. She was the eldest in her family and leaves behind her brothers Kenneth and Robert Burnett, as well as her sister Joanne O'Hara Nicholls. She will also be mourned by her aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews. Donna had close friends over the years but her cousin Brian Burnett and her neighbor Rose Smith were very dear to her in her last years, as well as her gentleman friend at Carlingview, James Lawson, in her last two months. Special thanks go to Mary at Community Care Village Housing, and the care teams that provided services to her in Lindsay and in Ottawa. Her favourite nurses at the end were Ha, Margaret and Robin, but all of the staff at Carlingview cared for her so well in her final months. Memorial donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or Women’s Resources of Kawartha Lakes. A Celebration of Life will take place on Sunday, March 1st at 2:00 p.m. with visitation one hour prior at the Mackey Funeral Home, 33 Peel Street, Lindsay. Donations and condolences may be made through the funeral home or online at www.mackeys.ca

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Sunday, March 1, 2020 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Mackey Funeral Home
    33 Peel Street
    Lindsay, Ontario
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    Sunday, March 1, 2020
    1:00pm - 2:00pm
  • Service

    Sunday, March 1, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Mackey Funeral Home Chapel
    33 Peel Street
    Lindsay, Ontario
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    Sunday, March 1, 2020
    Reverend Ed Call
  • Interment

    Fenelon Falls Cemetery
    30 Elgin Street
    Fenelon Falls, Ontario
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  • Reception

    Mackey Funeral Home
    33 Peel Street
    Lindsay, Ontario
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Guy Drolet

Dear Laurie, We are late to offer you our sincere sympathies. May you find peace and comfort with your family, your friends and in the good memories you keep of your mom. Our thoughts are with you and yours at this difficult time. Guy, Manon and Felix
Comment | Posted at 10:02am via Condolence

Helene Gosselin

A Laurie et sa famille on vous offre nos plus sincères condoléances. Bon courage pour la suite xx
Comment | Posted at 03:26pm via Condolence

Laurie Howe

Merci beaucoup, Hélêne!
Posted at 10:22am

Cathy Clermont

With heartfelt condolences.
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Comment | Posted at 10:50am via Memorial Tree

Catherine Clermont

Laurie, I'm so sorry for your loss. I know you'll remember all of the special moments you had with your mom - may she rest in peace. Cathy Clermont
Comment | Posted at 10:40am via Condolence

Laurie Howe

Thank you so much Cathy! You have been so supportive. I really appreciate your kindness.
Posted at 08:42am

Murray Howe

Laurie; we are sorry for your loss. You were a good daughter to Donna. Love Uncle Murray and Aunt Marg
Comment | Posted at 04:30pm via Condolence

Laurie Howe

Thank you so much for your kind words.❤ Laurie
Posted at 08:43am

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