Henschell, Donald Elmer

July 11, 1942 – October 20, 2018
at the age of 76 years

Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at The Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 721 2nd Street SE, Salmon Arm with Mr. Garfield Chursky leading in the remembrance of Don.  A tea and visiting will follow, all are welcome.

It is with much sadness that I say good bye to my dear Don, who passed away October 20 in Shuswap Lake General Hospital, a week after having a major stroke at home. Although he was comfortable that last week, it was painful for family and friends as we loved and comforted him 24 hours a day until he took his last breath with myself and Tracy holding him close.
Don was born in Edmonton on July 11, 1942.  In 1952, as a young boy, along with his four brothers and two sisters, his family settled in Salmon Arm.  He helped farm with his family on the same property where he lived and passed.  Farming wasn’t Don’s passion, so he started his kitchen cabinet business on our property in 1980.   He loved the smell of wood more than cows and didn’t have to get up so early to say good morning.
When we were married March 18, 1977, he inherited my three children, Shawn, Tracy and Blaine and their offspring at the same time.  He loved them and they loved him.  
We travelled many times to Hawaii, starting with our honeymoon, then Mexico, as well as other countries including Fiji where we went twice as it was his favorite.
Life is more enjoyable than death, but Don, one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, had the Bible hope promised by the Lord’s Prayer   “Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will Be Done on Earth”.  He will see the reality of Psalms 37:29 “The Righteous Will Possess the Earth, and they Will Live Forever on it”. 
His Memorial will be held on November 3 at 2 PM at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses at 721 2nd St. SE, Salmon Arm with Mr. Garfield Chursky leading in the remembrance of Don.  A tea and visiting will follow, all are welcome!!!
I thank all the family and friends who loyally visited Don and cared for me then and continue to do so now.
Thank you to the paramedics who came twice, the emergency staff and all the nurses on the fourth floor that looked after Don and me, who had a bed beside him.   A giant hug and thanks to Dr. Baldwin and Dr. Rose, they are the greatest Doctors with the most love and compassion I have ever experienced.
                                                                                     I now say “I Love You Don – See You in Paradise”

5 Comments

  1. Gloria, Sean and I are so saddened to hear of Don’s passing. May he rest in peace.

  2. Don and Gloria have been in my life since the late 90’s. They have always been a sense of “home” for me and have always been my inspiration and my sense of “normal”. With their strong spiritual values and beliefs, it was natural for me to consider them my “spiritual parents”. You couldn’t say “Gloria” without thinking of “Don”, and even though he was quiet, it was always comforting knowing he was always there. Don always had a way of making you feel welcome in their home and seemed to really light up if you commented on his amazing cabinetry that he and Gloria worked on side by side. Jack and I loved the week we shared with Don and Gloria in Mexico and I will cherish the photo I have of Don in the Dune Buggy with “The boys”. I will always remember Don’s kindness and gentle demeanor and I am looking forward to the day when he is called and I will be there when he wakes up. What a wonderful day to look forward to! Revelation 21:3&4

  3. Gloria and family, so sorry for your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with you. Dean & Louenna Biggs

  4. Dear Gloria, we just read about Don’s passing and wish to express our condolences to you and your family.
    May love surround you and yours with the wonderful memories he’s left you.

  5. Gloria it is with our sincerest sympathy that we send you this message it was really great to see you guys at the lake this summer so that is how we will remember Don smiling and enjoying his time up there take care and know that we all love you The Mobleys.

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