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Donna E. Jabara

Jabara, Donna



Donna Erickson Jabara, 72, of Gilbert, Arizona passed away unexpectedly on Monday, June 27, 2016 from complications arising from a brief bout with cancer.  She was born in Shreveport, Louisiana in 1943 and graduated from Northwestern State University with a Bachelor of Science, Nursing in 1965. She loved to help people and demonstrated it by being a practicing nurse for more than 30 years.Donna married Farris “Sam” Jabara in 1968. Sam and Donna were married for 36 amazing years. Donna was preceded to heaven by the love of her life, Sam, in 2004 and much earlier by her parents Jessie and Charles Erickson. Donna and Sam had and are survived by two beautiful daughters, Lisa Jabara-May and Leslie Wrenn and her sons-in-law, Eric May and Tony Wrenn. Donna was a loving, caring, and giving wife, mother, family member, and friend to many. She always saw the best in everyone and met them with a hug, smile, or kind word. Her passions were rescuing, rehabilitating and educating others about birds of prey with Liberty Wildlife. She also enjoyed travel, reading, and above all spending time with the family and friends whom she loved so dearly. Donna was an amazing person to those that were lucky enough to know her. She will be deeply missed by everyone who loved her.

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  • Denise Bohling Posted July 5, 2016 6:30 PM

    I knew Donna through her daughter, Lisa. I remember her as a wonderful mother who loved her children dearly – and they adored her equally. She was always kind to me and fun to be around when we got together. Her and Sam were special to me as my parents lived several states away.

    • Lisa Jabara-May Posted July 7, 2016 8:56 AM

      Thank you, Denise. She adored you!

  • Kathleen Witt Posted July 6, 2016 11:11 AM

    Donna was a thoughtful generous woman. She loved her daughters unconditionally. She also loved her dogs and the birds she nursed back to health. I will miss her cheerful attitude and the kindness she shared with us. She will be greatly missed.

    • Lisa Jabara-May Posted July 7, 2016 8:57 AM

      Thank you, Kay. She spoke often of how helpful you have been to her over the years. Your help was greatly appreciated by all of us.

  • Irene Baldin Posted July 6, 2016 11:22 AM

    I have known Donna since 2005. We were best pals and did a lot of traveling together. We spent almost 4 weeks together in Australia, New Zealand and Fiji and always had the best time where ever we happened to be.
    I miss you my dear friend.

    • Lisa Jabara-May Posted July 7, 2016 8:58 AM

      Irene, she was truly one in a million, and she treasured your friendship and adventures together. I know your heart is hurting, but we will always stay in touch to remember her with you. Thank you for all you did when she needed a little extra help, over the past few years especially. You were a true and loving friend.

  • Kim Macchiaroli Posted July 6, 2016 1:16 PM

    Your momma is so miised already. I loved hearing her stories when we sat out front at Liberty with our birds. A true gentle loving spirit that I feel so blessed to have had in my life. Love you Donna and miss you so much!!

    • Lisa Jabara-May Posted July 7, 2016 9:00 AM

      Thank you for all you did with her and for her, Kim. The tribute with the birds was especially beautiful, and it would never have happened without you and Liberty. She spoke of you often, and I know she is smiling on us from all the love and memories she shared with all her friends.

  • Sharon Daly Posted July 6, 2016 3:47 PM

    I m still having a difficult time realizing my friend Donna is no longer around. I worked with her at the Pa Dept of Health and we had great fun.
    I will miss you DJ but you’ll remain in my heart forever

    • Lisa Jabara-May Posted July 8, 2016 5:20 AM

      Sharon, I know how much Mom enjoyed working with you back in PA. We have a few fun pictures of you ladies, one was in costume (Mom wore the pink/purple toga!). Thank you for sending your thoughts, and know that she felt the same way you do.

  • Janet M. Gibbons Posted July 8, 2016 3:11 PM

    Donna has been a friend since the 60’s. We graduated together from nursing school at Northwester State University. She was a fun person and many of us either played pranks on others or were “pranked” while in nursing school. A group of us have remained friends for all these years and get together periodically even though we live miles apart in various states. Donna was in that group and will be greatly missed. Our hearts ache for Donna’s calmness in the midst of all going on around her.

  • Shawnkkathey Posted July 9, 2016 10:45 PM

    The last time I saw her was in 1998 while visiting for Scotts wedding!
    We always called her aunt Donna, and Sam, “uncle” Sam, even though Donna was my mamas neice, which I guess would’ve made her my cousin Sure wish I could’ve seen her again before she left!
    She used to give Scott and I baths in that old bath-tub in Honeys old house! I’ve been gone so far away for so long now that time and memories are taking their toll on this old brain
    The fact is there are enough years on me now, that,I can remember Aunt Donna when she looked like she does in the black-and-white photo!!! And that’s the way I’ll always remember her ❤️

  • Carol Killian Posted July 10, 2016 2:40 PM

    Some of my fondest memories of Donna: Jaycees and Jaycettes, bringing dance classes to our home town, making our children sparkily and sometimes outrageous costumes (for both Halloween and dance recitals), wearing some of those costumes ourselves, stomping the state of PA to get Senate Bill 456 passed, camping, canoeing, tubing, setting things on fire, Possum 1 and Possum 2, intricately cut Naugahyde program covers, run away cars, run away kids:), canasta, late night projects, broken arm?, fingers lakes, wine tasting, our surprise 60th birthday parties, many many cups of coffee, a few shared tears, a million smiles, I thank God for Donna and wish a friend like her for everyone.

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