Gabrielle Paula Donahue

(nee Casavant)

1921 – 2013

Gabrielle Paula Donahue (nee Casavant) passed away at the age of 92 on November 25, 2013 at Pleasant Valley Manor with family at her side. She had the undying love and respect of her large family and everyone who knew her. Gabrielle was born on April 6, 1921 in Vonda, Saskatchewan to Emile and Emelda (Grenier) Casavant, the 6 child of 12. She trained as a nurse in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan where she met and married Donald Joseph Francis Donahue. They lived in the lower mainland before arriving in Salmon Arm in 1962 with their family of 6 children. She was a caring and loving nurse; still remembered by many of her patients. She retired to Armstrong/Spallumcheen and enjoyed gardening, crocheting, and her church. She had a special love of her little ones – her grandchildren and great grandchildren who called her Grandma Great! and lately, her one great-great grandchild.

Left to celebrate her arrival into God’s loving arms are her 5 remaining children: Ken Donahue, Pat (Louis) Yonkman, Mike (Lorna) Donahue, Ellen (Mel) Melnychuk, and Jo-anne (Norman) Smith; 18 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great grandchild; many nieces and nephews; brother: Eugene (Lorette) Casavant of Salmon Arm; sisters: Francoise Roy of Salmon Arm, Therese of Tisdale, SK, Marie Ange (Ron) Gregoire, of St. Bruiex, SK, and Lea Jalbert of Redlands, California; and many friends.

She was predeceased by her husband Don; eldest son: Don Jr.; sisters: Annette Tremblay, Nora Mongeon, Mariette Houle; brothers: Pierre, Real, and Herve.

Prayers for Gabrielle will be recited at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 1, 2013 and Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, December 2, 2013; both to be held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church (3335 Patterson Street, Armstrong) with Reverend Father Tony Ackerman officiating. A luncheon in the church hall will follow the service. Expressions of sympathy can be forwarded to the family at

Funeral arrangements entrusted to


Armstrong 250-546-7237 & Vernon 250-558-0866

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