Mary Gertrude Donais (Tilley)

DONAIS, Mary Gertrude (Tilley). Passed peacefully Thursday December 27, 2018 at the Chatham Kent Hospice. Born in St. John’s, Newfoundland November 23, 1945 to Tom and Mary Tilley. Wife of the late Robert Donais (2010). Mother of the late Ron Donais (1981), Bob of Chatham, the late Cliff Donais (2006) and Eileen of Chatham. Grandmother of Mike, Ryan, Chris and Jen. Great grandmother of 5. Sister of Bob Tilley, Gladys (Dave Lundrigan) of Newfoundland, Paul Tilley of Nova Scotia, the late Pat Roberge of Chatham, Greg Tilley (Linda) of Sydney, N.S., Donna of Boston, USA.  Survived by lots of inlaws and friends. Mary loved life, nature, beauty, writing and laughing. She is happy to go home where so many loved ones have gone before. All are welcome to attend a visitation Saturday December 29, 2018 from 10-11 am at Gregory Drive Alliance Church (255 Gregory Dr. West). A funeral will follow visitation at 11;00 am in the church. Interment to follow at a later date at Botany Cemetery.


Memorial contribution may be directed to Chatham Kent Hospice.

I have run the race
I have kept the faith
Earth can’t hold me here anymore
An angel choir is singing
And with love they’re gently bringing me,
the scenic route as I go to
My Precious Lord
He cared for me in life
Gave me gifts to call my own
Now my friends rejoice, be glad
For I am safely home.
Til we meet again.

10 Comments on “Mary Gertrude Donais (Tilley)”

  1. To all the family of dear a Mary— we send our love and sympathy. Mary was always an example of loving life and living it well. She was a good friend to many besides me.
    She will be happy to be with her Lord and Saviour but she will be missed by many

  2. This is to all the Donias Family
    Nettie and I are very sorry to hear of Mary’s passing.
    Just want you to know you all are in our prayers that God will give you the Peace and Comfort only He can give at this time.
    Danny & Nettie Apthorp

  3. I’m so very sorry to hear of Mary’s passing. She was a very talented writer and a special lady. I pray you, her family, will be comforted in the wonderful memories she left you to cherish, and in knowing how much she loved Jesus.
    There is a song titled Find Us Faithful where part of the lyrics say:
    ‘ May all who come behind us find us faithful and may the fire of our devotion light their way
    May the footprints that we leave
    lead them to believe and the lives we live inspire them to obey’’
    Mary’s faithfulness, devotion and footprints she has left behind are most certainly an inspiration to be remembered, and a heritage to be embraced.

  4. We were sad to hear of Mary’s death. Joy for her but sorrow for her family and friends. Keeping you in our prayers!

  5. I am so sorry for your loss,Bob ,Eileen,Jen,Mike ,Chris,Ryan,Sarah Beth and Ethan..Bob and Eileen for your Mom and Jen, Chris ,Ryan and Mike,Sarah Beth snd Ethan for your Grandma and for all the Great Grand Children!!…..I really loved her ..She was so caring,loving…Loved to talk with her……….R.I.P. Mary Donais(mom)..

  6. We are sorry for your loss. Mary was a good friend. She brought life, joy and was an inspiration to Evangel Villa. We will miss her dearly.

  7. So sorry to hear of Mary’s passing. I have fond memories of our spiritual conversations, and her giftedness in writing, and especially her gentle sense of humour. Condolences to all the Donais family, whom Nary lived unconditionally. ‘Servant of God, we’ll done. Enter your reward’

  8. Jesus Shed a Tear
    Jesus shed a tear and felt your pain when Mary died. He was there, to take Mary up in His arms. As He held Mary near His heart, she was healed. Jesus looked down to earth and saw your pain. He bathed Mary in His tears. He dried the tears from off her head with His royal robes. Then He picked up a robe, more beautiful than you can ever imagine and clothed Mary in it. Right now, Mary is up in heaven. Jesus is praying for you and your loved ones, as you grieve the loss of your special friend.
    My prayer is that when you see a sparrow, that you will be reminded, not even a sparrow can fall to the earth without God’s knowledge. He even knew how many hairs were on the head of Mary when she died. Just like when a little sparrow falls from heaven, God is aware of the death of Mary.
    God be with you in your time of grief.
    © Ethel Wicksey 2002
    Mary and I liked to read each other’s writings. Mary will be missed.

  9. Bless your heart, you are with the angels, they will take care of you forever – love Annie, Peter and Gizmo

  10. Mary was such a wonderful person. Bob and Mary came into Baker Joes for years and had many friends there. Mary sent me a letter when my Dad passed which I still have. She will be missed by all of her family and friends. Mary was an angel here on earth to many.

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