A beautiful and most precious heart has stopped beating. Our beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and adored sister, Donna Leigh Handrahan completed her life’s journey with dignity and grace on Monday, March 21, 2022 at the Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital surrounded by the love of her family. Born at Benton, NB on April 25, 1942 she was a much loved daughter of the late Ralph C. and Juanita E. (Mills) MacMillan.
Donna was a much loved and highly respected member of the Hanwell Mini Home Park and was known as a kind and most generous chosen Mom and Grammie to countless teenagers and children who were always received with a warm and compassionate welcome when they arrived at her door. Donna possessed such a beautiful and noble spirit and was always willing to help anyone in need. She loved to entertain children and had a vast supply of coloring books, crayons, games, sweets and cake mixes in unlimited supply that could be ready at a moment’s notice. Donna had a love language for children that endeared her to so many. Donna was also quite a character. She always brought a lot of love, fun and laughter wherever she went. She was the life of the party. You could always expect to receive a beautiful rendition of "Happy Birthday" on your special day and that will be missed by so many. Donna will be remembered for her unwavering faith in God.
Donna has left a legacy of warmth, love and caring that her children will forever cherish. She leaves behind two daughters and a son who absolutely adored their mother, Mitty Sharpe (Randy), Carrie Handrahan (Lori) and Les Handrahan. Her heart always smiled when her granddaughter Sierra Sharpe and her great-grandson Joseph were in her presence. Sierra truly was Grams "little angel". They brought such delight to her life. Donna had such a big heart for three very special ladies who she added to her family, Laura, Katie and Cassie. She was a treasured sister to Leah Anderson (Nelson), Judy Handrahan (Steve), Duane MacMillan (Connie), Valerie Joyal (Jean Claude), Lana Dickinson (Tommy) and Charlie MacMillan (Wendy). The sibling bond was unbreakable. She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and a host of cherished friends. Aside from her parents, she was predeceased by her husband Earl Handrahan (2016) and a sister Lynda Handrahan (2014).
The family will receive condolences at Life Tabernacle Outreach, 1644 Hanwell Road, Fredericton on Thursday, March 24, 2022 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM and from where the Celebration of Donna’s Life will be held Friday, March 25, 2022 at 2:00 PM. Rev. Terry Messer and Rev. Rob Hanson will officiate at the service. Interment will be held in the Village Lighthouse Pentecostal Cemetery, Benton, NB at a later date. The family has designated Life Tabernacle Outreach for memorial contributions. The service will be live streamed on the Life Tabernacle Outreach Facebook Page. For those who wish to attend the visitation and service, the family encourages attendees to wear masks.