Former PCMNO Member Donna Lee PassesDonna Lee (Sassy Crowe) 1952-2012

I am very sad to report today the passing of a good friend and strong defender of Métis rights. Former Provisional Council of the Métis Nation of Ontario (PCMNO) Region One Councillor Donna Lee (Sassy Crowe) passed away in Fort Frances on August 5, 2012, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Donna served on the PCMNO from 1999 to 2002 and during her term earned the respect of all of us in the Métis Nation for her dedication to the Métis cause and her hard work to advance Métis issues. Donna is also remembered by all who knew her for her gift of storytelling and the hours of volunteer and community service she provided. She started as a casual with the local school board, was later manager at the Kitchen Creek Golf Course and for the last ten years has been Manager of Transportation for the Rainy River District School Board.

Donna will be greatly missed by her grandchildren; Randi-Rae, Justin, Carlee-Rae and Braeden; her children; Tracey Baldwin, and Aimee and Greg Beazley; her mother, Minnie Crowe; her sister, Betty Mainville; brothers, Ray (Wendy) Crowe, Fred (Lori) Crowe, Tom (Ruth) Crowe, Darrell Crowe, and Bob (Tammy) Crowe; along with numerous nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her husband, Wayne, father, Wallace Crowe; as well as her grandparents, Margaret and Lute Calder.

A celebration of her life will take place on Saturday, August 11, 2012 at 10 a.m., followed by a light lunch, at the Multi-Use Facility at Couchiching First Nation with Reverend Diane Clifford officiating. Cremation has taken place.

Everyone is invited to a 9 hole Scramble at the Heron Landing Golf Course. If interested, call Heron Landing to register. Shotgun start is 2 p.m.

The honourary pallbearers will be her nieces and nephews, along with Sass’s friend, Patrick Mills. They all held a special place in her heart—they were more like her own children.

If family and friends so desire, in memoriam donations may be made to the Church of the Holy Spirit, c/o Greens Funeral Home, Box 427, Fort Frances, ON P9A 3M8.

On-line condolences may be made in care of


Gary Lipinski,
Métis Nation of Ontario