Donna Sproul

Funeral Service

11:00 am
Monday, December 4, 2023
Portland United Church
50 Newport Crescent
Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada
(506) 632-4030


1:00 pm
Monday, December 4, 2023
Fernhill Cemetery
200 Westmorland Road
Saint John , New Brunswick, Canada

Obituary of Donna Elaine Sproul

With heavy hearts, the family of Donna (Watters) Sproul announce her passing on November 27th at the Saint John Regional Hospital.


Donna was born in October 1939 in Saint John to the late May and Fred Watters. She was predeceased by: Siblings Ruth Ann, Jean Elizabeth, Robert, Paul, Gary, Fred (Sunny), and Doris. Her husband, Richard Sproul. And nephews John and Brent.


An active member of Portland United Church, Donna was a choir member, Sunday school teacher. She led vacation bible school, Explorers, Canadian Girls in Training (CGIT), and various ladies’ groups. She volunteered on the church board, with the clothing depot, and was a graduate of the United Church Lay Minister course.


While attending Saint John Vocational School, Donna started the first-ever majorettes group and later founded the K.B.M. Majorettes.


Singing was a favourite gift. She sang with Carlton Choristers and “We Sing”. She was a member of the Red Hat Society, an accomplished seamstress, and a creative artist.  


Donna worked at NBTel and Irving Oil but chose to be a stay-at-home mother after starting a family.


She is survived by: Sisters Dorothy Keohan and Darlene Silliker (Ian). Daughters: Christine Gilliland (Bob), Marilyn Sproul (Eric), and Rebecca Sproul (Walter). Grandchildren: Maygan, James, Jacob, Jaxen, and Mary Jane. And cherished in-laws, cousins, nieces, and nephews, near and far.


If you’d like to honour Donna’s memory with a donation, a gift to her beloved Camp Wegesegum at or to Portland United Church would mean so much.


Arrangements are under the care and direction of Brenan’s Funeral Home, 111 Paradise Row, Saint John, NB (506-634-7424). Friends and family are invited to a remember Donna at a service and reception on Monday, December 4th at 11:00 am at Portland United Church, 50 Newport Crescent, Saint John, NB E2K 1Y5. Internment will take place after the reception at Fernhill Cemetery. Online condolences may be placed at


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