Passed away at Huronview Home for the Aged, Clinton on Monday, November 13, 2023 at the age of 94. Beloved wife of the late William Smith (2012) for 53 years. Cherished mother of Robert and Jennifer Smith. Adored grandmother of Andrew and Mariana, and Matthew and Sofyia and great-grandmother of Leo, Ava, Zoe, Mia and Hope. Dear sister and sister-in-law of Ken and Joyce Nicholson of Alliston. Fondly remembered by her many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by sisters Margaret Ritchie, Marion Gillespie, and Isabel Hunter, brothers-in-law Lorne Ritchie, Don Gillespie, Jim Hunter, Ken Gardner, Ross Finlayson, and Dave Stewart, sisters-in-law Jessie McKellar, Margaret Gardner, Betty Finlayson, and Ruth Stewart, and niece Wanda Hunter.
Donnie grew up on the family farm around Ashfield Twp., and worked as a nurse until she changed her career and worked with her beloved husband William in the family grocery store. She was an Elder at the First Presbyterian Church, Seaforth for many years. Donnie was very well known for her volunteer work in the community and church and was a motherly figure to many.
In keeping with Donnie’s wishes cremation has taken place. A private family graveside will be held at Maitlandbank Cemetery. A public celebration of life will be held at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to Haskett Funeral Homes, Seaforth (519-527-1390).
Donations to Alzheimer Society – Huron Perth would be appreciated by the family.