We are saddened by the passing away of our dear Beth Ann Zylstra Donohoe on Saturday, February 20, 2016. Beth was diagnosed very recently with having an aggressive cancer. Beth was born in North Vancouver, BC on December 15, 1980. As a Pastor’s daughter she moved from province to province making new friends with each move until settling in Duncan BC. When she moved to Victoria she met Eamonn Donohoe and married on April 23, 2011. After a couple of years they were blessed to receive two beautiful daughters who became the joy of Beth’s life – Kathleen and Laurie. Beth will be forever loved by her husband Eamonn Donohoe and daughters Kathleen and Laurie. She will be forever missed and loved by her parents William and Laurie Zylstra of Duncan, her brothers Martin (Lindsay) and Caleb (Andrea) and their families. Beth had a special relationship with her nephew, Noah Morgan, whom she loved as her own. She also leaves behind her grandfather ‘Pake”– Martin Zylstra who only weeks before had celebrated his 100th birthday. Eamonn’s parents, Patrick and Kathleen Donohoe and their daughter Ciara had become a huge part of her life helping in the new role of being a mom. There are many Aunts and Uncles and cousins and so many friends and coworkers that had been a part of her life and we are so thankful for everyone who had touched her life.
Beth had a very special love for her family and friends and was always there to share with them. She loved reading, crocheting, weaving, photography, sewing and listening to music. In the last years she had been working on switchboard for VIHA in Victoria gaining new friends and making crafts for everyone! In this past year Beth came to visit with her Mom every day off to help with her illness. Little did we know that Beth was gravely ill but her commitment was to her Mom whom she loved so much.
We wish to express our gratitude to the many physicians and nursing staff at Victoria General and Cowichan District Hospital who cared for her, helped to diagnose and fight the horrendous disease that ravaged her body till the early hours of Saturday, February 20.
Life will not be the same without Beth! She leaves a very large hole in all our lives. We know that she is with the Lord through her faith in Christ as Savior and our great hope is that we will be together again.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, February 27 at 1:00 pm at New Life Baptist Church, 1839 Tzouhalem Rd., Duncan BC.