Donna Marie MacLennan-Salter
15 August , 1954 – 26 March , 2019
On Tuesday March 26th, wrapped in the love of her family, Donna left this world behind with few regrets except to be leaving her family far too soon. She was a beloved wife, mother, sister, daughter and friend. Born in Halifax in 1954 she was the apple of her parents’ eye. Smart, beautiful, funny, a super-reader and such a good friend and listener to all, she is already sorely missed by everyone who loved her. Donna made friends everywhere including with people who remained strangers to her. She met people on her dog walks, at the photo printing counter, at the grocery store, everywhere she went. She loved to hear their stories and to re-tell them with great detail. She had many favourite quotes and mottos including “have book - will travel!”
Donna grew up in Halifax, graduating from Halifax West and was a big part of a great pile of friends including Athena, Kim, Pam, Betty, Mary, Sheila and so many more I know I’ve missed many! They had great fun getting up to all kinds of antics including walking brazenly into the QE High School Principal’s office dressed up as cheerleaders and stealing the football mascot before an upcoming game! After high school Donna attended Mount Saint Vincent University graduating in 1974 with a Medical Secretary Diploma. In 1979 Donna travelled to Scotland to attend the first MacLennan gathering and naming of a clan chief of the MacLennan clan in 600 years. To say she was in her element was an understatement. She lived in a caravan on the property of the family of the Chief in Dores on Loch Ness and Donna made wonderful friends. She worked a few odd jobs in Scotland while she was there having a great time in Inverness and then made her way home to Halifax.
Donna and Wayne met when she was working at Eaton’s and then they worked at Esso together. In those early years they made many trips into the States in Wayne’s Spitfire. They were married in 1982 – an event attended by many and enjoyed by all, especially enjoying with love and laughter the evidence of Wayne’s emotion that day.
They moved to Cornerbrook Newfoundland in 1982 and came to love the place dearly. While there, both Meghan and Ria were born. They returned home to Halifax and created their second home as a family on Alton Drive. A few years later they were off to NB where Wayne worked for Irving until he retired in the summer of 2015. The girls grew up in Quispamsis and this is where Donna created their 3rd home, this one on Lionel Drive, with a wonderful and much loved garden. She took enormous pride in her self-proclaimed role as ‘Domestic Goddess’. She made lifelong friends in their neighbours and community and especially with Joanne and Jill. Donna was very involved in volunteer activities at the girls’ schools and over the years made many friends including a personal relationship with every deer and bird who came by for an apple or bit of seed. Donna really enjoyed the trips over the years to Mexico and Cuba with Wayne and the girls.
Tragically just a few months after Wayne retired, Donna suffered a devastating stroke. In an instant everything changed and she began a very different chapter of her life. The 3 years since her stroke had been so difficult for Donna but also for Wayne, Meghan, Ria, Susan, Donna’s Dad, her friends Jill and Shawn and everyone who loved her. In this time she was still surrounded by love. People worked so hard to give her the best care and opportunities and to support her family. Staff at the SJ Regional Hospital, at the Stan Cassidy Rehab Centre in Fredericton, neighbours from Lionel Dr., Wayne’s colleagues from Irving and the Irving’s themselves who offered any help that they could along the way, Kevin Evans and Brian Doherty who brought joy and music to a grieving family in those first few months to name only a handful.
Donna lived in long term care at the Shannex, Quispamsis from 2016 when she was released from hospital until January of this year when she was able to come home to Halifax, to the Shannex Parkland in Clayton Park. She received the most amazing care from everyone in Quispamsis at Embassy Hall – all the staff were so wonderful to Donna. They supported Wayne and all of the family too when we visited. When she arrived in Halifax the staff seemed to immediately understand her – saw her humour and were the subject of her dear affection – she told stories, so many stories – made faces as those stories were told – again making friends along the way. They were just as kind to Donnas’ family. For the 3 ½ years after the stroke, Donna continued to make friends including a fellow resident at the Shannex in Quispamsis, Dot, and to tell her stories. She made people laugh and she was loved.
Donna is survived by her husband of 37 years, Wayne, daughters Meghan (Eddie Buckley), Ria (James White), sister Susan Dale, Uncle Gordie and Aunt Bernice, Uncle Jim, cousins Wendy (Rod) MacDonald-March and John MacDonald, brothers-in-law and sister-in-law (Jack (Judy), Glen (Carla), Debbie (Donnie)) plus many many cousins including Mike (Jeanie) Cowie and so many dear friends, Jill and Shawn and so many others, and of course by sweet pup Cu and kitty Marty. Donna was pre-deceased by her parents Bill and Georgie, grandparents Jean MacDonald, Murray and Muriel MacLennan, Auntie Barb MacDonald-Campbell, mother-in-law Audrey and sister-in-law Colleen.
Visitation will be held on Friday, May 10th from 4-7pm in Cruikshank's Funeral Home, 2666 Windsor St. The funeral will be held on Saturday, May 11th at 10:30am in St. Matthew's United Church, 1479 Barrington St. with a reception in the church hall to follow. Burial will be a private family event.
To leave condolences for the family please visit: www.cruikshankhalifaxfuneralhome.com. Donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of NS or to a charity of choice in Donna’s memory.
“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle.” Philo of Alexandria
- Visitation Friday, 10 May , 2019
- Service Saturday, 11 May , 2019
- Reception Saturday, 11 May , 2019
- Celebration of Life Monday, 13 May , 2019
Donna Marie MacLennan-Salter
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11 April 2019
Ria, Dale, Meghan & Wayne,
I'm thinking of you everyday. Donna showed me great kindness and gave me wonderful hugs. I am so sorry your family lost such a beautiful spirit . If there is any way I can be helpful at any time please do not hesitate to ask.
All you need is love
Terry and Karen Arthur
8 April 2019
Very special testament of Donna’s life. She always had a quick wit and an easy laugh! New Years Eve parties at her parents’ home bring back many fond memories. Donna was a pleasure to meet ... always interested and interesting. Condolences to all the family.
Jack Salter and Family
7 April 2019
Dear Wayne, Meghan, Ria and Dale
We were very saddened to hear of the passing of our sister-in-law Donna. We'll miss her wonderful charm, wit and conversation. Her memories will last forever.
7 April 2019
Dear Wayne,Meghan,Ria,and Dear Wonderful Sister Dale,,,,,,She was a Treasure,her path was stewn,with every bird in the sky,and most of them,were fed,their favourite meal,on Lionel Drive.She was drawn to all animals,all flowers,and nature in all its glory.
She was loving,she was kind beyond all measure,and adored her two girls,Meg,and Ria,,,,,and deeply touched,all their friends,with her humour and sweetness.She had the best belly laugh,of all time,I can stil,hear it,,,,,,,when I close my eyes!
We shared many hilarious moments,and no one found Donna funnier,than she herself,,,,,,,,I loved our conversations and our visits.She was able to find humour,in even,the smallest details of life,and as I look back,all we did was laugh! I called her the bird lady,as she seemed to have innate knowledge of Gods kingdom,and would lovingly share this,she even brought me a book,on birds,which,I shall treasure always.
She seemed to wave her magic wand of LOVE,talking in length,about her sister,Dale,her Mother( a Cape Bretoner,,,,,how Blessed is that?),her sailing days,with sister Dale,and her adored Dads sailboat.She touched us all,with her sweetness,and perhaps our lives are all,,,,,a little bit brighter,and a little better,because of knowing her.......
I wish I had known her earlier,and had more time with her, I know she loved being a Leo,,,,,,,I tried to bring her balloons for August 15 th,and she seemed to get really excited,,,,,,,,
My daughter Jordan,and her husband Justin,adored her,and spent several parties,with her and Donnas parents in Halifax,and I always received a wonderful afterglow,of them from Donna.
“ Some people come into our lives and quickly go.............
Some stay for awhile and leave footprints,on our hearts 🙏💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗
And,,,,,,,,,we are Never Ever,,,,,,,the Same!”
And Dear Donna,,,,,,,,,,you have left footprints,,,,,on many of our hearts,,,,,,,,,,,,,Love Heather.
6 April 2019
A most beautiful and magical woman. So many things remind me of her, I feel honoured to have spent the time together that we did. Donna, thank you for your stories, your welcoming and warm energy, and your laughter. You are loved and you are missed! Ria, thank you for sharing your mother with me xoxoxo
MARION & Norman PIERCE
4 April 2019
Our thoughts and condolences are with you, Wayne, Meghan and Ria, and Susan. Donna was a kind and thoughtful neighbor and our very good friend. We still miss the backyard chats, the book dropped off that she knew we'd be interested in, her latest culinary success to share, toys for our unexpected kitten, a chipmunk rescue and subsequent tetanus shot - all the little everyday back and forth connections that made her such a great neighbor.
A special person REMEMBERED, and a beautiful life HONOURED.
4 April 2019
Dear Wayne, Meghan and Rea,
I am very sad to have read about Donna's departure. I am also relieved to know that she was surrounded by her family. I am very proud and glad to have had the chance to spend time with her during a couple of my trips over to Canada. In particular, I remember a great evening at the family cottage, with loads of stories and laughs amongst cousins. I still see her smiling face and hear her voice...
Warm consoling thoughts from Switzerland
Your previous description of Donna is beautiful
4 April 2019
Thinking of you Ria, Meghan and Wayne and remembering all the coffees Donna and I shared at your house and mine. Had so much fun with Donna on our road trips where we were never sure where we would end up but always with some food. Miss seeing her in the garden.
Maureen & Wayne Moore
3 April 2019
Wayne, Meghan and Ria, We were so sad to read of Donna’s death in the paper this morning. Even though she wasn’t able to be home after her terrible stroke we can still see her with her much loved dogs walking up and down Lionel Drive . She certainly was committed to her family including her pets. That laugh and beautiful smile will never be forgotten. Hugs to you all. Maureen & Wayne & family.
Arthur Irving Jr
3 April 2019
I know from my time working with you how much you adored Donna and how the last few years since retirement didn’t go as planed my condolences to you and family for your loss.
3 April 2019
Sending you, your daughter and family our deepest condolences fo r your loss.
She was a lovely, happy caring person and I was lucky to have known her!
Maria & Doug Smiley
3 April 2019
Dear Ria, Megan and Wayne,
I was very saddened to hear of Donna's passing today! She was such a lovely person who I remember fondly from her days volunteering in the library at Rothesay Elementary and where I had the pleasure of teaching Ria. Donna said she remembered my mom and I from her life in Halifax from the time when my mom was a Tawny Owl in Brownies ,and that her parents lived not far from my parents .
When my mom moved to Melville Heights after my dad died she would run into Donna's mom Georgie getting her hair done at the Salon downstairs. And on my many visits home I would often run into Donna and her mom out shopping and we would catch up on family news.
Thinking of you all at this sad time and hoping the wonderful remembrances of Donna will bring comfort.
2 April 2019
So many memories of Donna, Wayne and the girls and will be treasured always. Our family embraces your family and only a phone call away. Thank you Susan for all the updates over these last few years. Our love is with you all. Donna, you are at peace now ♡ :'(
2 April 2019
Wayne, Megan, Ria and Dale: I grew up with Donna and was part of a close group of friends from Armdale. We travelled through our school years together, creating memories that now must sustain us in this sad and tragic time. Please accept my condolences for your loss. I wish Donna and I had reconnected in the last few years. Life is such a precious gift and knowing Donna in those early years enriched my life more than I can say.
Sincerely, Betty Johnson (Blakley)
1 April 2019
Wayne, Megan, Ria and family,
Ria and Megan, your mother was always a breath of fresh air and so full of life. I know she will be greatly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her. She will be forever in your hearts. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. I am so very sorry for your loss.
Jane (Burtt) Gresh