Donna Belle (Grant) Thomson
b. June 28, 1927, d. July 21, 2019
Peacefully at Evergreen Woods Health Center, North Branford, CT, on July 21, 2019, Donna Belle Thomson (born Grant), the youngest child of the late James McTavish Grant and Hazel Viola Reid of Minnedosa, Manitoba.
Born and raised in Minnedosa, she moved to Winnipeg after completion of her schooling.
She married Edward C. Thomson in 1952 in Vancouver, British Columbia, and they had two sons, William Davidson Thomson, and James McTavish Grant Thomson.
She traveled extensively as Edward’s engineering work took them to Kitimat, BC; Red Rock, Ontario; Vancouver, BC; Thurso, Quebec; St Simons Island, Georgia; Beaumont, Texas; Farmington, Maine; Paducah, Kentucky; Kamloops, BC; and Montreal, Quebec. In later years she lived in Lesotho, Africa; and Antigua and a number of other islands throughout the Caribbean; as well as Mexico and North Carolina. She settled with Edward in Higganum, Connecticut in 1995. They moved to Evergreen Woods, North Branford, CT in 2014.
Her interests included paper doll and antique porcelain doll collecting, skiing, reading (non-fiction), vintage movies, and puzzle-solving. She was an avid and fierce Bridge player, and could beat anybody into her late 80’s. She taught her sons to play Bridge, and that tradition continues in the Thomson/Philpotts family. She loved tag sales and antique shops, purchasing almost anything for a good price. She encouraged Grant, as a young boy, to collect antique toy trains, purchasing boxes of engines, cars, and track at countless “junk” stores in Kentucky.
Predeceased by her son Davidson, her brother Angus and her sister Edna, she is survived by her sister Audrah, her son Grant and his wife Liane Philpotts, her daughter-in-law Anna Levine, and her grandchildren William, Hugo, Paisley, Cameron, and Bryce.
Funeral service will be held at 6:00PM Thursday, August 8 at Keenan Funeral Home, 330 Notch Hill Road, North Branford, CT. In lieu of flowers, donations in Donna’s memory may be made to a charity of your choice.
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