McBain, Dona Merle

MCBAIN WJanuary 10, 1924 – August 28, 2014

at the age of 90 years

A memorial service is planned for Saturday, October 4 in Scotch Creek at the North Shuswap Christian Fellowship at 1:00 pm.  Interment is planned for next spring in Virden MB.

It is with great sadness that the family of Dona McBain announces her peaceful passing in Salmon Arm, British Columbia on August 28, 2014 at the age of 90 years.

Dona was born in Virden, Manitoba on January 10, 1924 to Harold and Dorothy Taylor.  Her childhood was spent in Virden and she married Robert McBain, the “boy next door” when he returned from the Navy after WWII.

Dona was active in the Association for the Mentally Handicapped, the United Church, ambulance volunteer and curling club.  She loved playing Bridge and continued this until last year.  After moving to Scotch Creek, she was involved in the Naturalist Club, firehall, and x/c skiing.  But her real passion was square dancing and she sewed many beautiful and unique matching outfits.

After Bob’s untimely passing in 1985, she was fortunate in meeting another square dance partner, Fred Luddington, and they eventually became life partners living in Armstrong and Enderby until Fred died in 2008.

Dona moved to Piccadilly Terrace in Salmon Arm and lived actively until her health declined; she then moved to Piccadilly Care Centre and spent August quietly.

She was predeceased by her sister Marjorie (Charles) McLean and brothers Ross and Bruce Taylor.

Left to mourn are her four children Del (Ed) Fearns, Jim (Audrey) McBain, Laurie (Don) Wardley and Margie McBain, 6 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren as well as diverse extended family.

Heartfelt thanks are given to the staff at both Piccadilly residences as they treated Mom with kindness, dignity and respect.  The staff and Dr. J. Levins are to be commended for the care and support they offered to the family in this difficult time.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Dona’s memory may be made to a charity of your choice.

We miss you, Mom, (aka Grandma Dona, Don Don) and we will cherish your memory forever.


  1. Sorry for your loss. Cherish your many memories.

  2. Del. Ed and all. Sorry to hear of your Moms passing. Have tons of wonderful memories of our time in Virden. Love and Hugs old friends

  3. We send our wishes to your family and hope that you fiind peace for you in this time

  4. Dona was a wonderful person who will be missed by so many. She touched the hearts of everyone she met. I am truly blessed that she and Fred came into my life when they did. Rest in peace.


  5. What a beautiful tribute to a beautiful soul. Mother, wife, friend, daughter, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother, adventurer, dancer, comedian, beer drinking (1/2 of one), gentle soul- so much to so many! Her life and memories, lengthy or brief, it was a pleasure to be in her company and her life was a blessing and will be missed … But her legacy will live on forever!

  6. Love you Grandma Dona – you called us grandchildren “angels straight from heaven” and now you are our angel, straight from heaven.

    Your zest for life and adventurous spirit touched us all and we will miss you very much!

  7. I’m so sorry to hear about your mom, we miss her at Piccadilly Terrace (we miss you girls too) My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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