Donna Hickling

HICKLING, Donna Elaine (nee Deane) Passed away peacefully on July 5, 2016 in in Kelowna, BC at the Central Okanagan Hospice House, after a six month battle with lung cancer.  Survived by her loving husband John; daughters: Jeri-Lynne Jones (Byron) of Edmonton, AB, Tobi-Jeanne Byrne (Greg) of Kelowna; son Garett Hickling of London, ON; grandchildren: Montana and Ariel Byrne; sister Cindy Deane of Calgary, AB and brother Gerry Deane (Karen) of Kamloops, BC.  Predeceased by a son Donnie Hickling, her father Don Deane and mother Bertha Deane.  Donna was born August 19, 1946 in Prince Rupert, BC.  She retired in 2012 after 33 years with the Central Okanagan School District as the substitute teacher dispatcher.  Donna was known for her constant smile and cheerful demeanor. She was the ultimate Canadian mother and fan, attending all Paralympic Games from 1996 through 2012 to cheer on the Canadian Wheelchair Rugby Team.  In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to:  Sindi Ahluwalia Hawkins Centre for the Southern Interior; Central Okanagan Hospice House; or the Canadian Wheelchair Sports Association (CWSA.ca).  A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, July 19th at 1:00 pm at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC.  Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.springfieldfuneralhome.com, 250-860-7077.