Donna Mae Ross (nee Dewar)

December 1, 1940 – September 13, 2020
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our loved one Donna Ross.
Born in Edmonton, AB to Jim and Shirley Dewar and at the age of 12 Donna moved to Nelson with her family. She attended Nelson Jr. High and LV Rogers High School.
Donna married Lionel Ross in 1959 and they moved to Invermere, BC (Lionel with the Forest Service). They were blessed with two sons, Brant and Dale who where born in Invermere. Later was a move to Calgary where Donna was employed by North West Trust Co. for 6 years.. Not being a big city girl a move was made back to Nelson where she was employed with City of Nelson for a total of 17 years, a move to AB for 2 years and back to the City of Nelson for another 14 years, 31 years altogether with the City of Nelson. Donna was a very dedicated and hard working employee and did enjoy her job.
After her retirement in 2003 Donna started volunteering at Mt. St. Frances, and Mountain Lakes Community Centre for a total of 16 years, she also volunteered for Streetcar #23, BC Mammography Screening for a short time and Civic Theatre Co-op when it first opened. She was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #51 for 46 years. It was at the Legion that she enjoyed a weekly game of darts with some special gals. Donna also did some travelling before and after her retirement to Australia, Scotland, England, Mexico, Las Vegas, Nashville and cruised the Western Mediterranean and Alaska. The Nelson Waterfront Pathway was Donna’s favourite walk with her special pal Benji and even after his passing in 2014 she still enjoyed the walk almost every day. Donna also enjoyed dog sitting a couple of her Canine pals.
Donna was predeceased by her son Dale, parents Jim & Shirley Dewar, sister Lynda, brother Ken, sister in law Brenda, nieces Kelsy & Tracy and of course Benji. Donna is survived by her son Brant (Karen), brother Gordon (Pam), brother in law Alan, nephew Garth Dewar, niece Mackenzie Pratt and many cousins and friends.
We would like to say a special thank you to Dr. Newson, Dr. Malpass, Dr. Sarah Taylor, all the special nurses in the Oncology Unit at KLGH and to all mom’s caring and compassionate friends who offered so much support to mom through rides to appointments, food, flowers, visits and phone calls.
Cremation has taken place and keeping with the wishes of Donna, there will be no services.
In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy in Donna’s name may be made by donation to BC Cancer Foundation, BC SPCA or charity of your choice.
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