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Obituary: Maria V. Donkhorst

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were her passion

Today the world lost one of its spirited human beings. Maria Donkhorst died peacefully on June 2, 2003 due to natural causes.

Maria was born on October 13, 1917 in Schiedam, The Netherlands, daughter of Willem and Jannetje VanDerPoel. At the time of her birth World War I was at its peak and the Spanish Flu was raging. From an early age Maria exhibited a spirit of survival, which would prove to be invaluable as many challenges followed her in life. In 1938 she married Bastian Donkhorst. They were devoted to each other for 53 years. In 1956 Bas and Maria and their two daughters Maria and Jane immigrated to the United States.

Maria had an indomitable personality who saw life mostly in black and white. She spoke her mind and had a strong sense of justice. Maria devoted many years to the care of terminally ill patients, offering them respite and peace in their final days. The city of South Salt Lake named her "Outstanding Citizen", an honor she richly deserved for the fine example she set for her neighborhood in caring for her yard and looking out for lost pets. She was a proud homemaker, a knitter and gardener. Her homemaking skills were also appreciated by the many prominent families she served.

Maria is survived by her two daughters: Maria VanDerHeyden

(Pierre) and Dr. Jane Muna (Mitri), sisters Ans and Miep (Schiedam, Holland), nine grandchildren, nine great- grandchildren, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Bas and her brother Wim.

In remembrance of her life, friends are invited to join the family in sharing their memories at Maria's home in South Salt Lake on Friday, June 6, 2003 from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Humane Society of Utah, 4242 So. 300 W, Murray, UT 84107.

The family extends its gratitude and appreciation to the staff and caregivers of Crossland Rehabilitation Center for their loving care.