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DONNELLY –Marthajane

October 2, 1950 – October 16, 2009

Family and friends of Marthajane Donnelly are deeply saddened to announce her sudden passing on Friday, October 16, 2009 while vacationing in Montreal, QC.

She is lovingly remembered by her mother Pat; brothers, Jeff (Sandra), Mark and Tom (Shelley); nieces, Megan, Caitlin (Edinson), Christine, Tegan, Taisha and Tianna; as well as nephews Brian and Mason. She was predeceased by her sister-in-law Roberta (2005) and her adored father Jim (May, 2009).

Marthajane obtained a Political Science Degree in 1971 as well as a Sociology Degree in 1993, both from the University of Calgary. She was greatly admired for the courage and dignity with which she faced the many challenges of living with Type 1 Diabetes for most of her life, including the partial loss of her vision and the failure of her kidneys. She was the beneficiary of a kidney and pancreas transplant in 2002, for which she remained humbly grateful for the remainder of her life. Marthajane gave back to this wonderful donor program by giving her own organs in the hopes of helping others in need.

The family extends their deep appreciation to the many medical professionals involved in her care over the years, including Dr. Bolduc, Dr. Nickerson, Dr. Gili, Dr. Brager, Dr. Beck, Dr. Wyse, and the whole transplant team at the Foothills Hospital.

“Don’t take your organs to heaven, because heaven knows we need them here.”

A Memorial Service will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Crowfoot Chapel (82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W.), on Thursday, October 29, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. You may forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Canadian Diabetes Association, #204, 2323 – 32nd Avenue N.E., Calgary, AB T2E 6Z3 Telephone: (403) 266-0620, ext. 112, www.diabetes.ca or to The Calgary Humane Society, 4455 – 110th Avenue S.E., Calgary, AB T2C 2T7, Telephone: (403)205-4455, www.calgaryhumane.ca in Marthajane’s honor.

In living memory of Marthajane Donnelly, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot Chapel, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: (403) 241-0044.

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  1. Penny MacPherson :

    I can’t believe that Marthajane is really gone. She was such a bright, witty, wonderful woman and steadfast friend. How like her to give back even in death and I feel she is in a far, far better place now than she has been for the last five months: no more anxiety, fear, pain or uncertainty. It eases my heart to know she is with those who loved her – Jim and her beloved Hamish, Ghillie and Chatters. May she rest in peace.

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  2. Leslie MItchell :

    My mom, Midge Jones, asked me to let you know just how sorry she was to hear of Marthajane’s passing. She wishes she was here to offer her support, but wants you to know that you are all in her thoughts and that she will be in touch when she returns home.

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  3. Edna &Bruce King-Hunter :

    Although I only met Marthajane once I was cheered by her gallant and open attitude to her problems and new treatments. It was pass forward help that I was able to do from that day in the mall. You had an astonishing daughter, Pat, with wise and intelligent parents that passed their strengths on to their children.

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