Community rallies to raise funds to purchase cemetery plot for dying Windsor woman

Published on March 9, 2017

Joanne Boone, right, is hoping a fundraiser she's launched will help give Darlene Bigney Boone, her former sister-in-law, peace of mind.


WINDSOR, N.S. — The generosity of others has helped brighten the day of a Windsor woman diagnosed with terminal stomach cancer.

An online Go Fund Me campaign was launched earlier this year in hopes of granting Darlene Bigney Boone some peace of mind in her final days.

Her dying wish was to secure a burial plot at Gates of Heaven Cemetery in Lower Sackville so that she could be buried near her infant children Michelle and Nathan.

In order to make that wish a reality, her friend and former sister-in-law Joanne Boone set out to get her affairs in order.

The online fundraiser Boone launched in January was quickly embraced by the community.

“It's a big relief. That was her biggest thing to be able to be buried there,” said Boone, who is keeping the fundraiser open in hopes of raising the remaining funds required to pay for the funeral.

Of the $8,000 goal, they've raised $7,475.

The Hammonds Plains woman said it was overwhelming to see the donations pour in from friends, family and even strangers.

“A $4,000 donation came in from a complete stranger,” said Boone, who began corresponding with the anonymous donor.

“It brought tears to my eyes,” she said after learning that the donor used some inheritance money to make sure “Darlene didn't have to worry any more.”

Bigney Boone is spending as much time as she can with her friends and family, especially her children Brian, 23, Matthew, 20, and Alyson, 15.

Boone said her friend thankfully hasn't been admitted to the palliative care ward at the hospital yet and is still able to live at home. Boone said they will be using the remaining funds raised by the online campaign to offset the costs associated with her funeral, which will be at DeMont's Family Funeral Home in Windsor.

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