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Donna Ayer Wright

March 17, 1931 - September 22, 2019


Donna Ayer Wright

Born March 17, 1931

Died Sept 22, 2019


It was one year ago that we lost our beloved Aunt Donna.


Donna was the fourth, and youngest child of Isabel Henderson and Guy Wright.  She was born and lived in Edmonton for most of her life. Donna worked  for Imperial Esso in Edmonton (“Put a tiger in your tank”), as an accounting assistant, but most weekends were spent with her horses at her ranch in Devon, Alberta.  She retired from Imperial Esso at a young age to pursue her passion for horses and building.  After retirement, Donna built a huge ranch house, barn, and corrals on her Devon property, and enjoyed years of raising horses.   She turned that passion into driving horse drawn carriages for dignitaries in Edmonton as well as horse drawn sleighs in the winter.  She decided to move to Nelson in 1991, and transitioned nicely into Kootenay life making many lasting friendships and building a beautiful lakefront home. Donna lived an extremely varied and full life.  She enjoyed snowmobiling, fishing, boating, travelling, woodworking/carving, stained glass, needlepoint and lunching with her friends.  She was a kind and generous soul, and her property became the home to the Nelson Dragon boaters for many years. She so enjoyed the social aspect of the many paddlers.  Her Canada Day parties were a popular annual event.  She spent many of her birthdays at Finley’s Pub on St Patrick’s day to celebrate her March 17th birthday in style!  Unfortunately in her 70’s Donna lost most of her vision to Macular Degeneration and this combined with severe hearing impairment eventually and unfortunately slowed her down. Despite this adversity she embraced life and always remained ready for an adventure. She always had an open door and cherished her visits with family and friends.  She will be sadly missed by many.  For Donna, her dogs were her children:  Misty, Toff, Tuffy, Jordy and Bandit.

She is survived by her sister Lou Jane, in Calgary and her nieces and nephews, Janelle, John, Drew, Guy, Carol, Bob and Donna.


There was to be a small celebration of her life for family and close friends Sept 2020, the first anniversary of her death, but due to Covid 19 this has been cancelled. So for all those friends and family, please purchase a Save on Foods White Chocolate Macadamia Cookie and think of her as you enjoy it with your morning coffee!!! She will be smiling!! Cheers Donna, a life well lived!!


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