I don’t usually make appeals like this. Actually I never do. But I was moved to tell this story.
In July of this year, a woman named Beverly Donehey passed away.
I never knew this woman. She came and went in the world and her legacy has never been recognized for what I have been told was her extraordinary heart and giving nature. She doesn’t even have a headstone marking her grave; acknowledging her life here on Earth. So why am I writing about her?
An old friend recently reached out to me, asking if I would help try to bring her story to light; to give this woman a face and a name.
The main reason for the request is that Beverly Donehey worked as a volunteer paramedic and mentor for twenty years in Algonquin/Lake in the Hills. I repeat, VOLUNTEER. During these twenty years Bev saved hundreds and hundreds of lives; men, women and children of all ages, races and religions. She knew no boundaries, she lived for her work and never earned a dime.
In her earlier days she was a housewife raising two children. She was married to a successful man but when he was offered a position in England, where she was born, she refused to go with him. Her unpaid job of helping other people was too important to her. She stayed behind and they eventually divorced.
Although she adored her volunteer work, she was under stressful financial pressure and her health deteriorated; she passed away unexpectedly. A close friend, Bonnie Combs who also has a heart of gold, wants to make sure that her life is acknowledged. She cannot and will not allow Bev’s life to seem that is was all for nothing. She just wants someone to care.
During this season of Thanksgiving, I chose to write about this woman to give her family a chance to have a proper burial for their mother.
Her two children are hoping to raise the cost of her gravestone which will be $2,200. If you can find it in your heart to make a small donation towards her stone, at least there can be an acknowledgement of a life that was lived to help others. So, let’s help.
To make any donation please visit gofundme.com/bevdonehey. Even one dollar can help.
Have a happy Thanksgiving everyone!
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