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Dawna  Rafuse-Mitchell

Dawna Laura Mae Rafuse-Mitchell

Sunday, February 12th, 1939 - Friday, January 17th, 2020
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Obituary

Rafuse-Mitchell, Dawna Laura Mae

Passed away peacefully at Hillsdale Terraces Long-Term Care Home, Oshawa on Friday January 17th, 2020 at the age of 80. Originally from Gold River, Nova Scotia and has resided in Ontario since 1967.
Dearly loved wife of Robert (Bob) Mitchell. Much loved mother of Tony Sawler (Judy), Robert Sawler, Lucinda Sawler, Trevor Sawler, Candace Taylor (Gary). Predeceased by her daughter Tanya Faulkner (surviving David).

Cherished Nanny of Terra, Trevor (Amanda), Tiffany, Troy, Jesse (Suman), Tasha (Dave), Mitchell, Justine, Krista (Sam), Dallas and Connor. Great grandmother of Tiana (Corey), Liam, Kam’ron, Ethan, Tony, Ava, Annabella, Charlotte and Brooklyn. Great Great grandmother of Tesla.

Dear sister of Sheila Campbell (Bryce) and William Rafuse (Bonnie) and predeceased by her parents Moyle and Mary Rafuse, sisters Frances Myra (surviving Roy) and Joan McPherson.

Visitation at Barnes Memorial Funeral Home, 5295 Thickson Rd. N. Whitby on Thursday, January 23, 2020 from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

A Celebration of Life service will follow in the Barnes Chapel Friday afternoon at 1:00 p.m.

Your presence is our desire, should you wish donations, they can be made to Hillsdale Terraces Social Committee in lieu of flowers. Donations will be received at the funeral home by cheque payable to Hillsdale Social Committee or The Alzheimer’s Society.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of the wonderful Hillsdale staff for their outstanding care and compassion for our Mamma since May 2018. Your on-going concern and dedication did not go unnoticed.

Messages of condolence and shared memories can be left for the family by visiting barnesmemorialfuneralhome.com
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, January 23rd, 2020 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    When
    Thursday, January 23rd, 2020 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Location
    Barnes Memorial Funeral Home Ltd.
    Address
    5295 Thickson Road North
    WHITBY, ON L1M 1W9
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Second Visitation

    Thursday, January 23rd, 2020 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    When
    Thursday, January 23rd, 2020 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Location
    Barnes Memorial Funeral Home Ltd.
    Address
    5295 Thickson Road North
    WHITBY, ON L1M 1W9
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Friday, January 24th, 2020 | 1:00pm
    When
    Friday, January 24th, 2020 1:00pm
    Location
    Barnes Memorial Funeral Home Ltd.
    Address
    5295 Thickson Road North
    WHITBY, ON L1M 1W9
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Officiant
    Philip J.W. Smith
  • Reception

    Location
    Barnes Memorial Funeral Home Ltd.
    Address
    5295 Thickson Road North
    WHITBY, ON L1M 1W9
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email

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Posted at 03:19pm
Thinking of you, with Love Steve, Sharon,Katie, Bill and Shawn
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Posted at 02:56pm
The loss of someone dear to us is never easy. Our thoughts are with you and your family.
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Debra and Gary Nagle

Posted at 03:52pm
I was fortunate to be a friend of Dawna’s through yoga and Pilates classes. We went for Dim Sum together and shared stories of the east coast of Canada, her from NS and me from NL. Our condolences go to her husband Bob, and her entire family. She was a lovely lady and will be missed.

Carol Murray

Posted at 12:42pm
Thinking of you all with lots of love. Aunt Dawna was one of a kind and was loved my all.

Love Carol, Chip and our family..ox

Lucinda Sawler

Posted at 12:41pm
My Dearest Mamma,
We love you so much mom our hearts are broken, I'm going to miss you terribly.
You were the sweetest woman, sweet to a fault, if that's at all possible.
You had a very hard life, always trying to do your best considering the crappy hand you were dealt.
You are now at peace,free from the pain and illness.
Praying you and Tan are finally together again, drinking wine and laughing, I will be patiently waiting to join the party.

Love you mamma,
Lucinda
XO😘
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