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Donna Belle Coulter (MacDonald)

10/10/1943 - 01/04/2021

Obituary For Donna Belle Coulter (MacDonald)

October 10, 1943 - April 1, 2021

Donna Belle Coulter (MacDonald) passed away peacefully in her sleep at the QEII Hospital in Grande Prairie due to complications of diabetes and dementia at the age of 77 years.

Donna was born in Calgary and raised by her adoptive parents in Drumheller, she then married Lynne Coulter there in 1963. She was a hairdresser for 30 years before completing her GED, then the Office Administration Program at Grande Prairie Regional College later in life. She then worked for more than 10 years as an office manager. Donna and her family lived in Drumheller, Sherwood Park, the Ponoka area, and Grande Prairie as Lynne followed employment opportunities. Donna was a longtime member of Lions Clubs International- joining first the Ponoka Lioness, and then the Grande Prairie Lions when females became eligible for membership. She served as district governor in 1995 to 1996, and as a council chairperson in 2009 to 2010. She was instrumental in the development of the Lions Learning Centre in Grande Prairie.

Donna is survived by her husband Lynne, son Ken and his daughters, sister Patricia (Brian Stevenson), in-laws Eugene and Susan Coulter, Dawn and Donald Atkinson, daughter in-law Tammy Coulter, and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents, her son Rob, daughter in-law Tricia, and sister in-law Margaret.

The family offers special thanks to Riza and her staff at South Valley Residence, the staff at Valleyview Hospital, the staff at QEII Hospital, EMS staff and AHS Home Care staff for their care and consideration of our wife and mother.

Due to Covid restrictions, a Celebration of Life will take place at a later date.

Memorial donations can be made to a charity of one’s choice.

Care entrusted to Bear Creek Funeral Home 780-830-7742 www.bearcreekfuneral.com.

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Sincere condolences to Lion Lynne and family, and the Lion family. Donna's dedication and service in Lions, is a shining example of outreach to help others. Blessed memory, Lion Barb on behalf of St. Albert Host Lions.
- Lion Barb Riley
Lynn we are so sorry for your loss.Donna was amazing lady. Are prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.😘🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻
- Darby Dunn
Lynne , sorry to hear of Donna's passing Cathy and I will keep her in our prayers. Emile & Cathy
- Emile Boisvert
Sending Condolences to Lynne and family re Donna's passing. Many from Drumheller are thinking of you and family with sadness at this time. But Hope your wonderful memories of Donna help you through.
- Carol Hunter
Lynne and family I am so sorry to hear of Donna's passing. I worked with Donna in the office at Unique Alternatives back in the day. What a wonderful and kind lady she was. Treasure the memories of the wonderful person she was. My sincere condolences to you and your family Lynne. Irene Lindstrom
- Irene Lindstrom
Lynne & family. My sympathies and condolences for your loss. May great memories assist you over these difficult times. Bill Hunter
- Bill Hunter
Lynne please accept my deepest sympathy on Donna's passing. She always treated me with such care and respect. Donna was committed to everything she did and especially when I was in Lions together. She will be missed by so many.
- Carla Eckstrom
Really sorry Lynne to hear of Donnas' passing. Please know that Dwayne and I are sending our hugs and prayers to you and your family Dwayne and Sandra Van Schaick
- Sandra Van Schaick
Lynne my sincerest condolences are extended to you and your family. Donna was always such a sweet and kind lady. Among her many attributes, Donna was an amazing volunteer, especially with the Grande Prairie Lions Club. I am so sorry for your loss. Sincerely, Charlene Eckstrom
- Charlene Eckstrom
Our deepest sympathies to Lynne and your family. Donna was a sweet lady and will be missed. Veronica, Jeremy, Ethan & Austin Dougherty
- Veronica
Lynne, sorry to hear I'd Donna's passing. Our sincere condolences. Alrene and Wayne
- Alrene Dempster
Lynne, thinking of you at this time and offering sincere condolences from Bryan and Carrie Gaunt
- Carolyn Gaunt

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