Donna Faye Crago, age 72, died peacefully on February 25, 2022, with loved ones by her side.  She was the daughter of the late Raymond and Irene Crago and predeceased early in life by her sister Joan and brother Darwin. Faye will be lovingly remembered by her daughter Erin Reynolds (Sean Camp), her very close Crago and Bragg family, dear friends, her families-by-choice the Reynolds & VanTilborg’s, and the Baha’i community. She loved being a Great Auntie to Leeanne Garvey and was looking forward to adding Sean and Jaron Camp to the family tree. 

Faye grew up just outside St. Marys, Ontario in Anderson, going to the one-room schoolhouse there and attending high school at St. Marys DCVI. She then entered nursing school in Guelph and went on to have a successful career based around caring for others. 

Faye touched many lives in Perth County during her 20+ years as a Registered Nurse in Stratford. She was on the forefront of palliative care as a nurse at Stratford’s original palliative care unit at the Hospital (which launched in the mid-90s) and was blessed in the end to be taken care of by the special hospice staff at Sakura House in Woodstock (even sharing her own learnings with them upon admission). Her nursing & social work colleagues were her tribe.  She also believed in blending traditional & non-traditional medicine, becoming a Body Talk practitioner later in her life, with clients from across the country. 

Faye had an adventurous soul, living in many places over the years (although she would always call St. Marys her hometown), and travelling with friends & family whenever she could.  She travelled across Canada from coast-to-coast (and north to Yellowknife), as well as to Scotland, England, Prague and the US. She even took a solo trip to Israel to the Baha’i Universal House of Justice in Haifa. 

She was known for her strength and resilience (aka stubborn!), never compromising herself to fit into someone else’s mould. She was always taking care of others, she was a believer in being true to oneself, and she was wiser than most. Her friends were family and she loved them dearly – always giving advice on the best spots to eat in the most random of places or having tea or enjoying a good belly laugh. Her advice to everyone today would be to “be kind”. 

Her daughter would like to thank Beth Cowdrey, Lois & Doug Bragg, Sharon & Leeanne Garvey, Sean & Jaron Camp and Rachael Frankruyter for their support at the hospice, the Sakura House staff for their kind & loving care, the many friends and family who have reached out, and an especially big thanks to Andrea Macneil for her incredible dedication to Faye in these past few weeks. 

Visitation at the W.G. Young Funeral Home, 430 Huron Street, Stratford on Tuesday, March 1, from 9 a.m. until the time of the service at 10 a.m. Interment at St. Marys Cemetery. All attending must show proof of double vaccination and photo ID. Those who wish to join the family from home can follow the view livestream link below Faye’s obituary on the funeral home website. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to the Local Community Food Centre, St. Marys Health Care Foundation or Sakura House through the funeral home. 519.271.7411 www.wgyoungfuneralhome.com

 

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