Donna J. Franklin
It is with deep sadness that the family announces the passing away of Donna J. Franklin, wife to Robert Franklin for over 48 years! She is remembered as a kind, caring & generous person. Proof in point…their gentle, late airedale dog lived to be 19 years of age before passing away under her tender care as did many of our family pets. Donna was born in Creston, B.C. After graduating from high school, she met Bob working at the same drug store when they were just kids, & soon married. She was the dutiful wife raising 2 daughters with Bob, while he ran his jewellery store, worked with Pan American Oil & the tar sands plant as an engineer & administrator. They were pioneers in Ft McMurray at a time when there were only 2,300 people there, including bears & trappers. Donna gave her family the best life she could, with the family retiring to a small BC lake for 24 years before moving to Vernon some 8 years ago. Donna was an avid gardener, a wonderful cook, loved to play the piano & organ. She loved fishing, & was a great co-pilot in Bob’s airplane in which they wore out 2 engines. Donna finally wore out her engine enduring 5 years of cancer. She is survived by her husband, our youngest daughter Heather Odermatt & family, & our oldest daughter Colette Vincent & family as well as her brother Ed Yantz & his wife Bev, numerous sisters, & other fine relatives throughout Alberta & balmy Saskatchewan. She is also survived by her mother in law Doris Franklin, who just endured her husband’s passing away after 70 years of marriage, last week. She was anointed & given the last Catholic rites whereupon her desire was cremation. At Donna’s request there will be no funeral. Donna passed away at 8:30 pm, Tuesday, November 26th 2013, with her daughter Heather being with her at the end, Bob had just kissed her, told her everything was fine, & finally had just left her side to go home for a brief time when his daughter notified him she had passed away.
Arrangements are in the care of Vernon Funeral Home 250-542-0155.