Donais, Karen Anne

Donais, Karen Anne

December 31st, 2018

After a courageous and unwavering battle with cancer, Karen Anne Donais passed peacefully into the arms of Jesus on December 31st, 2018. Cherished daughter of Alexander Donais and Margaret (Boucher) Donais and loving sister to Christina Lynne (Donais) and her husband Bob Curtis and Mark Steven Donais and his wife Amie (Eskra). Karen simply adored her nieces Angela, Rebecca, Emma and Sophie, and her nephew, Matthew. Karen was born in Toronto on August 2nd, 1963 and moved to London with family as a toddler. She attended St. Mark Separate School and A.B. Lucas Secondary School. She graduated from Fanshawe College as a Registered Laboratory Technologist and then became interested in research and worked as a Lab Assistant at the Robarts Research Institute here in London and in cancer research at The University of Virginia in Charlottesville. There, Karen was able to immerse herself in her love of nature and her favourite activities of hiking, white-water rafting and photography in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Karen also graduated as a Registered Nutrition Consultant and operated her own practice for several years. Always aware of the needy, she was a member of the Impact Church on Adelaide Street in London, where she became a pastor and a member of their Outreach Program. We are forever indebted to our daughter, Christina, husband Bob and family for their unceasing devoted care for Karen in their home in Ilderton in her final months where she was surrounded with family, friends and cuddling pets. Thank you to her co-workers at Loblaws for their generous and constant outpouring of love for Karen since her diagnosis and to all of the physicians who cared for Karen. A very special thank you for the compassionate and personal care from nurse practitioner Phil Daniels, and staff at LHIN, Lorna Coombs and nursing staff from Saint Elizabeth and the PSWs from VON. Visitation will be held on Friday from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. at WESTVIEW FUNERAL CHAPEL, 709 Wonderland Road North, London, where the memorial service will be conducted on Saturday, January 5th, 2019 at 11:00 a.m., with visitation one hour prior. In lieu of flowers, and at Karen’s request, those wishing to make donations are asked to consider World Vision Canada or the World Wildlife Fund.

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Marie BannonMay the roads rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sunshine warm your face and, until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand.
MikeMy beautiful cousin you will be sadly missed by your family and the world for your kind heart and always caring personality my love for you will never diminish take care on your next journey xxx
TeriA truly beautiful, courageous and caring soul. Rest now sweetheart. God bless and protect you. XXX
Lisa Friesen You will never be forgotten, my sweet and beautiful friend. My sincere condolences to the family.
MartineTo a dear cousin whose courage and generosity of spirit has left me in awe, may you rest in peace. Sending much love to the brave, loyal but broken hearts of your loving family. Xxx
Corinne BudgellMy friend Karen always kind, always caring always encouraging ,always loving. The world will not be the same without you. I'm so grateful for your friendship and I miss you dearly.
Dave GatenbyMy sincere condolences to all the Donais family. Many fond memories of adventures with Karen in high school. May her spirit continue to be held in everyone’s heart.
Nancy and Douglas O'NeillThank God you were blessed with a loving caring family who always surrounded you with their love. You will be remembered and in our hearts till we meet again.
Darren and Lori Bob Christina and entire family. Karen was such a special woman and friend! Her smile, her courage were so admired but her passionate faith was her truest, biggest legacy! I can see her smile as big as ever! Welcome home Karen. To the family our sincerest condolences, such a huge loss! ❤️
Keith & Liz LoftChristina, Bob and family We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your sister. We know how much Karen meant to you and your family. She was so fortunate to be surrounded by such love and support. May your memories of Karen help you through this time of grief. Thinking of you and sending our love.
RosieRemembering our very special niece, who was always full of love and concern for others. So grateful that the family were able to surround dear Karen with peace and love in her final months.
Elaine Swan (Timmins) I am heartbroken to hear of Karen's passing. Karen and I went to school together. In elementary school, Karen was the kind of person everyone wanted to be friends with. She was compassionate, beautiful, a great athlete and had such a great sense of humour. It is not surprising to read that she lived her life helping others. Sending love and prayers to Karen's family and friends.
Florence and DonMargaret, Alex and family We are both saddened to hear of Karen's passing. May she now rest in the arms of God. Thinking of all of you at this time of grief. Lots of love.
Heather and Mark HoldenWe are so very sorry for your loss. We will remember Karen fondly. You are all in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. With love.
Jamie and Jenn McBrideKaren will be remembered for her kindness of spirit and soul. We are so sorry to the entire Donais family for your profound loss. Much love to you all Marg and Alex, Mark, Amie ,Emma ,Sophie, and Bob and Christina and family. We are thinking of you all at his difficult time with love. Jamie , Jenn, Allie and Katie xoxo
Bob MurrayKaren was my first "girl friend" in grade 6 at St Marks in London. She was my first love. My sister Leigh was a good friend of Karen. They were memorable times of my life. Its with great sadness to hear of her passing. My condolences go out to the entire Donais family.
christine stoneI am shocked and saddened by the news of Karen's passing. I was an impressionable pre-teen when I met Karen and I thought she was so beautiful. She was quiet and shy and nothing like the women I was use to, while growing u in the Stone household. I can remember she had the most amazing smile and sense of humor. My heart goes out to her family. I hope it brings comfort to you to know that she was loved and adored by so many people.
Rebecca BrownI am so sorry for the loss of your lovely daughter, sister, aunt and friend to so many. Thinking of your family and sending you love and strength during this difficult time, Rebecca, Larry Schmidt, Chelsea, Ashlynn & Christopher Read.
Trish and SteveOur sincere condolences to the family and friends with Karen’s passing. May Karen’s mantra of never giving up carry you all onward. Our hearts and prayers are with you.
Paul SpindlerI remember Karen with her smile that I would say would light up the world. Very comforting to know Karen knew her lord and had a close relationship with him. We are sad that Karen had to leave us now but we have our memories and knowing she is not suffering and at peace gives us comfort. 2 Corinthians 4: 16-18 - Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. Prayers and condolences go out to our good neighbours and friends the Donais family and my friend Mark.
Andy ShawMy sincere condolences to the entire Donais family. I am deeply saddened to hear of Karen's passing at such a young age. I have fond memories of seeing Karen at our Lucas hockey games and sticking up for her brother in high school. When I think of Karen I can not help but smile.
Ann (Boucher)& George IsaacsOur dear neice Karen fought a hard battle over the past few months. Thankfully she had the love and care of her wonderful family to help her. Rest in peace Karen you will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing you.
Lynda SparlingAlex, Marg & family, Sandy & I send our deepest sympathy in the loss of your daughter. We hope that some happy memories of your time with Karen will help you through this most difficult time. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.
Haifa HassanAlex and Marg I was so saddened to hear of Karen’s passing. I will never forget her kindness and support of my parents. There’s not enough people in this world that show such compassion. I will be forever grateful for her. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Sincerely Haifa
Doug & Sally IsaacsKaren, we were blessed to have known you. Your bravery and compassion for others will always be an example to us all. Rest in peace lovely lady, sending much love and big cwtches (hugs) to all your wonderful family at this most difficult of times xx
Rita CrowtherDear Mark and Christina. It is with great sadness and a heavy heart to learn of the passing of your sister. I did see Karen some time ago at the grocery store, and after such a long time period she still remembered me. She still had that infectious smile and sweetness that I remembered from when we were teenagers. Your sister was obviously a very special person, and I do remember the two of you being the same. Please know I am thinking of all of you and sending my prayers. Sincerely, Rita Crowther (Rodowa)
Terry and Deborah DewanWe were friends with Karen who met at Impact Church and served together as volunteers for quite a few years. To the family we pray that your many warm memories of Karen console you and keep you in peace. as time goes by. We like to think of Karen now sitting in the arms of Jesus and He has wiped all of her tears away.
John MoffattBob & Christina, Mark and Amie....I am so sorry to hear of Karen's passing. She was a great friend in high school and so very popular with our classmates. Karen had the best sense of humour, best smile and great laugh. She was a joy to be around. I saw her many years ago and admired her dedication to her career & her faith. Anyone can see through this obituary how caring Karen was. The world needs more Karens! I will always remember that great smile! I am so sorry for your loss!
Roger EricksonAlex, Marg and Family. My thoughts and prayers are with you as you go through this difficult time.
Philip BoucherSo sorry to hear the news. I remember visiting Canada as a young boy and being greeted by a trio of bubbly, friendly and very fun cousins. It's a memory that will always stay with me. Such a tragedy. You are very much in our thoughts today. Phil, Juliet, Dulcie, and Violet
The Quick FamilyKaren, you have been a beautiful blessing to know for so many years. We’ve seen just how strong your spirit has been through this journey. We are so sorry your life on this earth has been cut too short, but may it comfort all of your loved ones that cherished your love that you will you live forever in their hearts.❤️❤️ Much love from the Quick family
Lisa McCrackenMark & Amie We are very sorry to hear about the loss of your sister. She was clearly a very colourful and giving human being. We pray that your warm memories of Karen help you get through such a challenging time. Big hugs, Allan & Lisa
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