S: In Loving Memory of Donna Clifford
BC: "May you always walk in sunshine and God's love around you flow, for the happiness you gave us, no one will ever know it broke our hearts to lose you, but you did not go alone, a part of us went with you, the day God called you home. A million times we've needed you. A million times we've cried. If love could only have saved you, you would have never died."
FC: In Loving Memory of Donna Marie Clifford July 19th, 1954- January 16th, 2011
1: "Love is missing someone whenever you're apart, but somehow feeling warm inside because you're close in heart."
2: "There is nothing in life more painful than losing a loved one, the love is there forever though, we never really lose them only from the physical plane, because where love exists there can be no loss."
3: "Goodbyes are not forever. Goodbyes are not the end. They simply mean I'll miss you until we meet again!"
4: "Those we love don't go away, They walk beside us every day, Unseen, unheard, but always near, Still loved, still missed and very dear."
6: "They say there is a reason, they say that time will heal, but neither time nor reason will change the way we feel. For no one knows the heartache that lies beyond our smiles, no one knows how many times we have broken down and cried, we want to tell you something, so there won't be any doubt, you're so wonderful to think of but so hard to live without" | MEMORIES
7: My Sister Donna, Where do I begin? From stories she would tell me as I sat on her lap on the outside stairs. Not stories of Humpty Dumpty or Mary Had A Little Lamb. Oh no, A story she was running away until I cried and begged her to stay only for her to say “OK guess I’ll Stay.” To Girl Scouts, sleepovers, birthday parties, hanging with her girlfriends to the famous neighborhood game of capture the flag. To the sadness she endured in losing her first husband, Bobby, in a tragic boating accident. To the day she found happiness in marrying Danny. To the joy that each child gave her when they were born. To keeping the good ol' “D” name going, her sons Dean and Doug, and daughter Dana.
9: To the endless days and nights that she cared for our mom in her time of sickness. To friends both old and new, her coworkers. All of these she held dear to her heart. To Thanksgiving dinners at my house only because I had a plan. Once all was done, out came the sale papers for Black Friday. “Okay Donna, we hit the road at 4:00AM" and she would reply “This is my last year Diana. I swear.” 18 years later we were still going strong. To the last visit of the year at York Beach for a Christmas party we went to of our dear friend and sisters, Peggy and Mary. Donna talked about that for 2 weeks later, how wonderful of a time she had. To the night in the hospital I so carefully cooled her hot legs down with a facecloth. Only for her to look up to me with such sadness to say “Did you ever think it would come to this, you taking care of me?” All I can say is I couldn’t be any prouder and thankful to have had Donna as my sister, my best friend, my partner in crime. Only sorry that in the end, the only help I could give her was to pray hard and often for that one miracle that just never found its way to her. I will cherish and hold her close to my heart. All those special memories we made together. And know that at any time I need her, she’ll be there watching over me with my mom by her side. ~Diana
10: "I've learned that goodbyes will always hurt, pictures never replace having been there, memories, good or bad, will bring tears and words can never replace feelings."
11: "You never leave someone behind. You take a part of them with you and leave a part of yourself behind."
12: The dictionary defines an aunt as “the sister of one’s mother or father,” we feel that this definition does not serve justice for what Donna meant to us. To us she was openhearted, understanding, giving, and most of all she was like a second mother. Much of our closeness can be credited to the relationship of Donna and our mother, Diana. Despite the nine year age gap, they were so close in fact, that they even decided to have children at the same time. There is one year separating myself from my two cousins Dean and Doug. Apparently one year was too far apart, Briana and Dana are only separated by nine months. With this, we have all remained close from birth, let’s face it whether we liked it or not. Although Donna has passed, the memories we have shared will last forever.
13: She always supported me in everything I did in order to help me accomplish my goals. I keep waiting for her to come back, I have felt lost ever since she passed. I still feel like I cannot talk about it, as if I don't say the dreaded words that it won't be true. Although it has been hard for me I just keep in mind all that has happened between us. Dana and I would tease her for not making the right lunch for us to take to the mountain we would say she did not make it the same way my mom did: she was seriously slacking on the snacks. Even though we joked it was a way of showing her how much I cared. I wish I could just have one more day with her to see her and hear her voice and tell her how I truly feel even though words cannot live up to what she means to me. I will take care of my baby sister Dana for you auntie. I love you forever and always. "I will always have your back."
14: Donna has left many impressions that will remain in my heart forever. From the jokes of her “hockey puck” rolls on Thanksgiving to her countless sunburns she received at the beach. While those memories will bring a smile to my face for eternity, I also appreciate the smaller moments we shared. Such as those times when we laid around watching Lifetime movies or engaged in conversations about life or to the last words I spoke to her the night before she started her Chemo treatment “rest up auntie, we begin a fight tomorrow.” Three days later, we were gathered around her bedside until those beeps slowly came to an end. If there is any peace to be found in Donna’s death it is that she is now in heaven with her mother, who was an equally amazing person and that we have two of the best angels looking over us. I’ll love you forever and miss you always. | Love, Brittany and Briana
15: "Loving and kind in all her ways Upright and just to the end of her days Sincere and true, in her heart and mind Beautiful memories, she left behind. However long our lives may last Whatever lands we view, What every joy of grief be ours, We will always think of you."
16: “Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy.”
17: "Love is stronger than death, even though it can't stop death from happening, but no matter how hard death tries it can't separate people from love, it can't take away memories either, in the end love is stronger."