Donna Diane Niemy
Peacefully on July 21, 2014, in her 81st year, at Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary, following an accidental injury while vacationing in Canmore, Alberta. Blessedly, her three children were at her side to the end. Donna is survived by her husband Walter of Sidney, B. C.; and her children and their families: Peter (Lisa) and grandchildren Florence and Holly, of Bramley, Surrey, UK; Carole Stark and grandson Taylor, of Canmore; and Eric (Nunun) and grandchildren Olivia and Alexander, of Hong Kong.
Donna was an outgoing, sensitive and passionate woman and a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and cousin. Born and raised in Toronto, she was a graduate of Lawrence Park Collegiate Institute and The Wellesley Hospital School of Nursing. She worked briefly as a nurse before marrying her beau, Walter Niemy, an RCAF officer and pilot, in 1956. Thus began their joint adventure of raising their family at multiple addresses across Canada, the United States and Europe. A lifelong learner and world traveller, Donna enjoyed working with children and volunteering in museums and nature centres where she lived, to share her knowledge of natural and cultural history.
Donna had an inquisitive mind and thoroughly enjoyed deep conversations with friends and family members of all ages. A dedicated writer and a voracious reader, she was - not surprisingly - a crossword-puzzle ace. Her artistic interests ranged from playing the ukulele to collecting paintings and crayon sketching. She played competitive basketball in her youth and continued to enjoy activities such as hiking and swimming throughout her life. She also had a great passion for birds and animals, and she held an abiding appreciation and respect for the natural environment, be that her backyard garden or the varied and vast wilderness areas of Canada. To her, bliss was summer-cottage living in Haliburton in her youth and in the Laurentians in later years, where she loved to explore the lakeshore in her rowboat.
Donna will be dearly missed by her extended family and her many friends, and always remembered for her loving and generous nature. She will be buried at Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Toronto, and the family will be hosting a celebration of her life in Sidney, B. C. on August 20th, 2014. Memorial tributes may be made to Nature Canada.
Saturday August 16, 2014
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