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Donna Willene Bouma (nee Parrott)

October 10, 1934 - April 25, 2019

Suddenly, but peacefully on Thursday, April 25, 2019, Donna Willene Bouma passed away, at Poseidon Care Centre, with her family by her side.

Donna was predeceased by her husband of 59 years, Jack, and her parents, William and Muriel Parrott (Howes). Donna will be lovingly remembered by her three daughters, Dianna (Maurice) Berard, Sandra Bergen (Wayne Klepatz), and Linda (Boomer) McLaughlin, all of Winnipeg; grand-daughters Teresa (Joey), Danielle (Kyle), Jennifer (Jeff), and Katheryn; three precious great-grandchildren Teagan, Lily and William. Also left to remember Donna is her sister Joyce Schmidt (Parrott) of Nanaimo, BC, her sister-in-law Henny (Stu) Fleck of Winnipeg, as well as cousins, nieces and nephews in Canada, the US, and England and Jack's cousins in the Netherlands. Donna will be missed by her wonderful companion Carol Sterzer, who Mom called her honourary daughter.

Donna was born in Carman, Manitoba, into a musical family, her dad playing the violin, her mom playing the piano and Mom singing duets with her sister Joyce. Donna farmed with her family as well as taking vocal training in Winnipeg in her younger years. After finishing high school in Carman, she became a school teacher and taught in the St. Vital School Division in Winnipeg while continuing her vocal training at night.

Donna met Jack in Carman at church on the first Sunday that the Bouma family immigrated to Canada from the Netherlands in 1951. They married in Carman in 1956 and moved to Winnipeg where she continued to teach and pursued her singing career. She was thrilled and honoured to win the Rose Bowl at the Winnipeg Music Festival in 1958. Donna taught school until the arrival of her three daughters but continued her passion for music by performing with the James Duncan choir, Hollow Mug, Rainbow Stage, Winnipeg Singers, CBC, and the Winnipeg Philharmonic. She was a soloist for many years at St. Stephen’s Broadway United Church and Crescent Fort Rouge United Church. She made countless friends during her singing career and kept in touch with many of them. Donna went back to teaching after the girls were in school, substituting in the St. Vital School division for a number of years until Jack retired in 1988.

Donna and Jack lived in St. Vital on Moore Avenue for over 55 years. Mom kept a perfect home and encouraged everyone to visit. Often, when we were teenagers, we would find our friends sitting around the kitchen table enjoying a coffee and sharing stories with her without us even being there! She made everyone feel welcome. Mom was famous (at least to her family) for her Easter Sunday luncheons and her legendary Easter egg hunts that she first created for her daughters and continued when her grand-daughters were born. 

Donna and Jack travelled extensively throughout Canada, the US, and Europe, wintering in Hawaii for several years. Every summer they enjoyed the family gatherings at the cottage at Falcon Lake. Donna was known to be found hunched over a jigsaw puzzle, playing cards, crib, and bridge as well as telling hair-raising ghost stories or leading a singalong around the campfire in the glen.

There are no words to express our thanks to Poseidon Care Centre who made Mom's days so fulfilling.  Special thanks to Geea, Elaine and Jay. You all went above and beyond for Mom and for that we are truly thankful. We're sure the 5th floor won't be the same without Mom's big smile and her abundance of Werther's candy always being handed out when someone came into her room. Mom was very lucky to have a constant stream of visitors over the years, friends who kept her up to date with the latest gossip, and her family who kept her busy taking her to all sorts of family functions. Mom loved going out for Sunday lunches to Applebee's with her girls, Dianna, Sandra, and Linda, and we all felt blessed to have that special time together, just the four of us, laughing until our sides hurt.

Mom was never happier than being surrounded by her family except, maybe, when she was singing!! Watching and hearing her sing gave us goosebumps and we will miss her beautiful voice. 

Cremation has taken place and a private gathering for family and friends will be held on June 1, 2019 at Chapel Lawn.  Doyle’s Funeral Home of Carman in care of arrangements.

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