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Donna (Dellacroce) Carr

May 1, 1945June 1, 2020

Donna Carr (Dellacroce), age 75, died peacefully on June 1, 2020 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She was born in Springfield, Missouri on May 1, 1945 to Floyd and Lena German.

Donna, the oldest of eight girls, was raised in San Diego, California. She graduated from Rosary High School in 1963. A fun-loving person with a beautiful smile and laugh, one of Donna’s great joys was being a camp counselor for three summers at a Catholic camp. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in art at San Diego State University. Not only was Donna a talented artist, she was a writer as well. She wrote a novel while in school that earned high praise from her instructor. While living in Pacific Beach with her friends, she enjoyed going to the Blue Guitar to hear live music. While there, she met Gary Carr, a singer and guitar player in a bluegrass band. They fell in love, married, and had two children, Amy and Gary. She later became a social worker for the County of San Diego where she worked as an eligibility worker for refugees and later in the Child Protective Services Department. After her retirement from social work, Donna focused on her art. She was an accomplished artist and worked from her studio in Little Italy and showed her work at the San Diego Art Institute in Balboa Park. While living her retirement years in Colorado Springs near her family, she became involved in the local art community. She had a studio at Cottonwood Center for Arts and showed her work at The Squash Blossom Gallery where she participated in art demonstrations. Many of her paintings were signed Donna Carr, and later in honor of her mother Lena, she signed her artwork Donna Dellacroce.

She was a California dreamer at heart who yearned for the Golden Coast on a cold Colorado winter’s night. Donna loved the Pacific Ocean. She also was drawn to the beauty of Colorado’s mountains and big skies as well as the dramatic terrain of New Mexico. She had a particular fondness for the towns of Sante Fe and Abiquiu and the work of artist Georgia O’Keefe. She loved to travel to these places and also took several trips to Europe with her friends and family. She enjoyed a long road trip, whether heading north on Highway 1 near Pismo Beach or the Million Dollar Highway just outside of Ouray, Colorado. She found beauty all around her and these travels inspired her artwork. She is well-known for her beautiful landscape paintings. She loved Pikes Peak and the Front Range for, “It feels like God is holding me in a loving embrace.” Donna’s Catholic faith was strong, and she loved Mother Mary. “I have lived a long, good life.” That she did, and she is loved by many. May she rest at peace with the Lord.

Donna was a lover of music, Patsy Cline, Z.Z. Top, The Rolling Stones, and B.B. King to name a few. She loved dogs, especially dachshunds, and cared for Doxie and Lucy until they each passed on. She was a voracious reader which was a favorite pastime of hers when she was not painting or relaxing with her family. She adored her granddaughter Ashlyn Brown.

Courageous, funny, and loving, grandmother, friend, sister, daughter and mother. She was always there to listen, guide, and protect. She was our Sweet Lady.

Donna is survived by her daughter Amy Brown, son Gary Carr, granddaughter Ashlyn Brown, son-in-law Ryan Brown, sisters Linda German, Susan German, Dorothy Lardie, Angie Coleman, and Mary LaVoie as well as many nieces, nephews and friends. She is preceeded in death by her sisters Barbara German and Debra German Sullivan, her parents Floyd and Lena German, and her husband Gary Carr.

A Memorial Mass will be held on August 14, 2020 at 10 am at Sacred Heart Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado. 2021 W Pikes Peak Ave. Colorado Springs, Co 80904. She will be laid to rest at Memorial Gardens immediately after the service. 3825 Airport Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80910. Swan Law Funeral Directors may be reached to forward condolences to the family. 501 N. Cascade Ave. Colorado Springs, CO 80903 (719) 471-9900


  • Amy Brown, Daughter
  • Gary Carr, Son

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14 August

Memorial Service

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Sacred Heart Catholic Church

2030 W Colorado Ave
Colorado Springs, CO 80904


  • Memorial Mass To Be Held At A Later Date


Donna (Dellacroce) Carr

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Annie Dover

July 17, 2020

Donna was my neighbor in the house where her two children, Amy and Gary, were born. We were also friends who grew closer over the years; both raising our children of the same ages; both taking art classes together; both artists; both sharing our joys, trials and tribulations and able to commune as good friends do. We had the same group of artist friends; both of us went to many of the same art functions; both had a studio that we shared; both were represented in galleries that we patronized. We traveled to Europe together with a couple of good artist friends; seeing Paris and then another time roaming Italy. We both had the same faith and spent much time talking our faith in later years. We both laughed and cried together. She was my art muse and my spiritual comadre. I have 2 of her paintings which express her connection to spirit and earth. I have memories that will last my lifetime. My sympathy and prayers reach out to Amy and Gary who were adored by their mother. May she rest in peace.

Alixandra Williams

June 19, 2020

I am saddened to learn of Donna's death. Donna was my neighbor in San Diego for several years. Gary and Amy were delightful young adults, and Donna became a good friend. She was a very talented artist. My deep condolences to Gary and Amy. Rest in peace, Donna.

Monica forest

June 19, 2020

I have been a friend of Donna since first grade and continued through adulthood. Our adventures are clear in my mind . We had many. As students at St. Rita's in San Diego I relied on her artistic talent to get me through art projects. We remained pals through high school and college. Many adventures in Pacific Beach and the social life there. I was part of her life as she married, had Amy and Gary and later as neighbors living in same neighborhood. Always quick to laugh and plan what the future would bring. . Her artistic talent was endless and she would paint often and beautifully. She regularly would have paint on her clothing and face. I have two pieces from years ago. I cherish them and always will. They hang in my home as a reminder of our friendship.
I will always love my friend, Donna, and remember her daily. She loved her children and was very proud of them. I watched them grow and turn into fine adults. I know they loved her as we all did and do. God bless Donna
Love, Monica

Gwen Shivers

June 17, 2020

I was the Art Gallery Director at the Squash Blossom Gallery some years back when I met Donna. I loved her work instantly! She was a very talented and sweet woman. I have several of her paintings and will think fondly of her every time I look at them.


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