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Obituary - Donna Carlson

Donna Carlson

1948 - 2020

Cook Southland Funeral Chapel - Carlson(2020)

It is with sadness that the family announce the passing of Donna May Carlson at the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital on Saturday, March 14, 2020, at the age of 71 years. She was born in Calgary and was raised in an orphanage until the age of 4 years old, when Edith and John Cross adopted her and moved to the Peace Country. Donna was a caring, giving and a kind hearted lady with a wonderful sense of humour who always made you feel loved and welcomed... she gave the best hugs ever! Donna worked as a probation officer and a gardener and in her leisure she enjoyed travel, golf, wood working, baseball and umping baseball games. Donna loved people and was a great advocate and supporter of International Rescue. One of her most memorable occasions was her marriage to Darlene Van Leeuwen on April 16, 2011. Donna was a wonderful wife, mother, grandma and great-grandma to her family. Some of her greatest achievements were publishing Cowboy Poetry, playing with the South Alberta Pipes & Drums and being 21 years sober. Her Catholic faith was an important part of her prayer life and healing through the years. Donna will be forever remembered in the hearts of her spouse, Darlene; children, Len (Joelene) Blackman, Lorna (Evert) Blackman, Lee Ann (Shaun) Givens; grandchildren, Brittney (Nick)  Silva, Beau Blackman, Rielle Blackman; great-grandson, Bronston Silva; brother, Marc (Shannon) Cross and nieces, Candace Baker, Angela Roswell; great-nieces, Meghan Clément, Katie Roswell, Mandy Roswell as well as her great-nephew, David Sherburne. Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at Cook Southland Funeral Chapel, 901 - 13 Street S.W., Medicine Hat on Friday, March 20, 2020, between 9:00 a.m. and 9:50 a.m. A Celebration of Donna’s life will follow at 10:00 a.m. with Life Celebrant Gerry Getz officiating. For the health of our community due to the Covid-19 Virus, it is recommended by the Chief Medical Officer of Health that funeral services be limited to a maximum of 50 people. As a courtesy, the Celebration of Donna’s life will be Live Streamed through Cook Southland’s website. Those who cannot attend but wish to be a part of the service may click on the Live Video Stream link on our homepage. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Alberta Lung Association, 208 - 17420 Stony Plain Road, Edmonton, Alberta T5S 7K6.


  1. Candace Clendenning:
    Mar 17, 2020 at 09:11 PM

    So sorry for your loss, Darlene. You will surely miss your longtime friend and partner. May your family and the many cherished memories bring you comfort during this difficult time. God bless.

  2. Marc Cross:
    Mar 17, 2020 at 10:13 PM

    Darlene, Leeanne, Lorna and Lenny and families. Our deepest condolences to you all. I know she was very special to you all, remember all the good times you shared with her. Wished we could be there with you all but we are very nervous of this dreadful virus but we will be thinking of you on Friday for sure. Hugs forever, love Uncle Marc and Auntie Shannon. Xxxoo

  3. christine:
    Mar 18, 2020 at 02:02 PM

    My thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this time. I met Donna several years ago...therefore meeting Lorna through her. interesting how we are connected in some way....God bless.

  4. Dannette Morgan:
    Mar 18, 2020 at 04:58 PM

    Lorna and Lee Ann
    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your beloved mother.

    Dannette Morgan

  5. Gwen Ibach:
    Mar 18, 2020 at 10:04 PM

    Donna, Len, Leanne Lorna and Families,
    I'm so sorry to hear about the passing of Donna. Since this virus is causing such varying views I am choosing to view your tribute for Donna on line. My thoughts are with everyone of you.
    Big Hugs to all. Just treasure the good memories.


  6. Robert and Bonnie Cross:
    Mar 19, 2020 at 12:30 AM

    Lennie, Lorna, Lee Ann and families, our deepest condolences on the loss of your Mom and Gramma. Remember the fun times and hold onto her in your hearts.

    Cousin Robert Cross

  7. Craig Cochran:
    Mar 19, 2020 at 11:53 AM

    Darlene, so sorry to hear about Donna's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Be well.

  8. Beatrice and Mike:
    Mar 19, 2020 at 01:38 PM

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  9. Karen:
    Mar 19, 2020 at 10:36 PM

    Len, Leanne and families sorry for your loss .

  10. Gilles and Elizabeth Caron:
    Mar 20, 2020 at 11:35 AM

    Dear Len, Joelene, Beau and Rielle,
    We send you our heartfelt sympathy and prayers. May your Mom rest in peace.
    Gilles and Elizabeth

  11. Terri, Tammy, Jody, Randy, Rhiannon, Tom, Bruce, Dave, Diane and all:
    Mar 20, 2020 at 12:58 PM

    Our dear Darlene (and families)
    Although we are not physically present today we are with you online and very much in our hearts, thoughts and prayers. We love you and know we are here for you...anytime: all the time. Hawk was a gift you chose to share with us and she was loved! Thank you

    Love from all,
    Your "other" family

  12. Darwin Vellacott:
    Mar 21, 2020 at 10:22 AM

    So very sorry to learn of Donna's passing. She was a spirited and lovely lady and will be missed by many, none more than you and the family. Our thoughts are with you at this very sad time. I always looked forward to and enjoyed the times I spent with You and Donna.
    Darwin Vellacott

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