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MILLS, Donna Gail (nee Pruner)

1957- Edmonton, AB
2014 – Olds, AB

Donna Gail Mills, beloved wife of Craig Mills of Olds, AB, passed away on January 6, 2014 at the age of 56 years.

Besides her loving husband, Donna is also survived by her children Jennifer (Liam) Dorney, Ian (Tonya), Bradley, Mark (Annie) and Glen; siblings Howard (Anne) Pruner, Denis, Marlene, Marguerite (Gerry) Leonard, Carol (Nathan) Purcell and Ernie (Theresa). She is also survived by her mother in law Nora Mills of Edmonton; seven grandchildren and 15 nieces and nephews.

Donna was predeceased by her parents Howard N. and Marguerite Pruner, and her niece Corrine Pruner.

In lieu of flowers, please perform a random act of kindness for a stranger and SMILE!

Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes at St. Lukes Catholic Church (1566 NORTHMOUNT DRIVE N.W.) on Friday, January 10, 2014 at 7 p.m.

Funeral Services will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (3802-57TH AVENUE, OLDS, AB) on Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 11 a.m. Graveside Service to follow at Old’s Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Donna Mills, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot Chapel, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: (403) 241-0044.

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  1. Dear Marguerite and Gerry,
    To you and your family, and Donna’s husband Craig and her family, and all your extended family, our deepest sympathies on the very tragic and sudden loss of Donna. May the saints and angels come to greet her and lead her into paradise. May the Lord grant her eternal rest. May Jesus console you and give you peace in this time of great sadness. May your faith sustain you.
    You are in my prayers.
    In sympathy and in love,
    Liz Estler

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  2. Ronna Mawhinney :

    My sincere condolences to the mills family. I am a sales manager in Winnipeg the the Hudson bay polo park and donna was a rep for one of fashion bra lines. Donna was truly a people person and it was a pleasure when she visited our store. To our customers she was professional and an expert at what she did. They loved the service she provided and we were always completely booked with appointments when she visited our store. To my associates and myself she was respected for her knowledge but mostly for the lovely person she was. Always upbeat and friendly it really was a pleasure to have known Donna.

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  3. To the Mills and Pruner families:

    We were deeply saddened to hear of Donna’s passing. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this very difficult time. We will always remember her for the kind, loving, and cheerful person she was. Her spirit will live on through all those she touched.

    The Partners and Staff at McAlpine & Co.

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  4. Linda Angermeier :

    Our heartfelt condolences to Craig and family during this difficult time. I remember with a smile our school days and the fun we all had growing up together!
    Sincerely,
    Linda and Peter Angermeier

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  5. Norine Richards :

    The day I met Donna, ended up being one of the nicest days of my life. I was finishing up with interviews for a consultant position (without much success) & Betty Jacobs arranged for me to meet Donna just as I was flying back to Toronto. The minute I shook Donna’s hand I knew she would be fabulous at this job… such spirit, beauty and warmth. Donna spoke so highly & lovingly about her family & I only wish I had known her sooner. Sincerest condolences, Norine

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  6. Maureen Schuler (nee Walsh) :

    My deepest sympathies on the sudden and tragic loss of my beautiful cousin Donna.
    May Donna be granted eternal rest
    May Perpetual light shine upon her
    May she rest in peace.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you
    Sincerely, Maureen Schuler and family

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  7. Dale McMillan :

    My thoughts and prayers are with the Mills family at this very trying time.
    Having taught the boys Phys. Ed. and/or Social Studies at St. Vincent de Paul Junior High, I have fond memories of them and their very caring and proud mother.
    May God Bless.

    Dale McMillan and family, Calgary

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  8. Tanis and Ivan Poturica :

    We met Donna and Craig at Gavin and Kristina’s wedding last November in Phoenix Arizona. We had a wonderful time at the wedding and thought both Donna and Craig were great people and a lot of fun. We enjoyed very much our time we spent with them. They both spoke lovingly about their children and we felt like we had known them forever,
    Craig, and family we just wanted to let you know how sorry we are for your loss and our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  9. Hudson Bay (Chinook Centre) :

    We are sorry for your loss.
    Donna was such a great person
    She will live on in our memories forever
    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you

    Sincerely,

    Lingerie Department at Hudson Bay (Chinook Centre)

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  10. Robin & the team at Romantic Notions :

    To Donna’s family, and everyone touched by her joy;
    Please know that your sorrow is shared as we, too, shall miss her very much.

    Whether it be her infectious laughter, that mischievious smile, or her terrific “thanks for spending time with me” hugs after a meeting, and sometimes before… or even the “I can’t believe this works this way” commentary before she made things happen for us, we will miss her.

    We will miss her joyful approach to the world of underwear, and her willingness to share her knowledge and to always seek out more information. We will go forward together, and everytime we see/sell “those” items that we “just had to have” we will remember her and smile and thoughts of her will make our days a little brighter.

    She loved her family so much and shared so many of your stories with us, we feel as we know a little bit about each of you, too. You are loved and cherished, there will be no end to that.

    Peace be with you.
    Robin, Kathy, Jennifer, Liz & Marcie

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  11. Jim and Barbara Riding :

    Craig and Family,

    Donna truly made the world shine brighter for everyone she touched, she’ll be missed by so many. Please accept our prayers and know our thoughts are with your family. God Bless.

    Jim and Barb

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  12. Shannon Cordingley & Family :

    Our deepest condolences for your loss.
    Donna was such a wonderful person, she will be greatly missed.
    Thinking of you & your family always.
    Love Shannon & Family

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  13. Anna Maria Kappelhoff :

    To Craig and all your family!
    Thank you for giving me the opportunity to say ‘Farewell’ to Donna tonight at Saint Luke’s Church.
    I will give random kindness to strangers and SMILE to honour Donna’s memory.

    When Donna came to the Bay Market Mall, it was always a good day for staff as well as for customers.
    Donna shared her radiant smile and enthusiasm to succeed and her incredible zest for life.
    Thank you for showing photos of your beautiful family.
    Thank you Donna for being in my live for a while.

    Good bye Donna till we meet again and smile at each other.
    Anna Maria Kappelhoff

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  14. Neil and Elma Hazel, Rob and Katie Hazel, Dan and Sally Dolinski :

    Our heartfelt sympathies to Craig and family on the very sudden and tragic passing of Donna.
    It was a joy to know her and she will be missed.
    May our Lord Jesus Christ wrap His loving arms around you and bring peace and comfort during this sad time.
    With thoughts and prayers,
    The Hazel/Dolinski famlies

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  15. I am so very sorry for your loss. Donna’s light shines forever in all the lives she has touched with her bright smile and warm caring demeanour. My deepest sympathies and condolences to the entire family.

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  16. Clyde and Kerrie Davis :

    Our sincerest condolences on the loss of your beloved wife and mother. Donna clearly left a priceless legacy of eternal love. Clyde and Ker.

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  17. Jackie and Grant Miller :

    Dear Craig, We are so saddened to hear of Donna’s passing. We wish we could be at the funeral with you today. We know that after family and friends leave, you will be facing a long and lonely road. It’s hard to know why someone who’s led such an exemplary life as you have, would be faced with such a huge tragedy. We humbly trust in our Heavenly Father’s wisdom even though there are no good answers; and we pray for strength for you. We know that in the eternities, all things can be set right; and you can be with Donna forever.
    With our love, Grant and Jackie (now living in southern Alberta)

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  18. Leslie called me in October to inform me she’d seen this lady in a Calgary shop , was sure she knew her, but couldn’t think of who it was. So she went up to her and said”I know you, but who are you”. There followed a great visit with lots of reminiscing and laughter over bygone days. So, it was with much dismay Shauna, Leslie and I learned of her tragic passing. My sincere condolences over your great loss. Julie McCann

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  19. Nancy Mawhinney :

    Liam and Jennifer &family

    So very sorry about the tragic loss of your mother. I am sure you have eternal wonderful memories but what a gift to have spend her last Xmas with your family in Japan. May you treasure those memories and the great pictures I saw on FB. My prayers & thoughts are with you all.

    Nancy,Clinton & Ryan Mawhinney
    Calgary, Alta

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  20. Brenda and Denis Mackenzie :

    Dear Craig and family:
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this very sad time. Donna was such a beautiful, vibrant lady. She had the ability to make everyone feel so special with her brilliant smile. We are honoured to have known and loved her.
    Love, Brenda, Denis and family

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  21. Mary Anne Clarke :

    Dear Craig and Family,
    Condolences to you all at this difficult time. We remember Donna fondly as our neighbour here in Schubert Gate. Her outgoing, friendly personality was such a wonderful presence in the schools, sports facilities, and community at large. Whenever we met she always spoke so proudly of all her children and it was quite obvious she truly enjoyed her role as wife and mother. It really was a pleasure having Donna, and your family as neighbours. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.
    The Clarke family

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  22. My deepest pain for your family……… My son Joshua was also killed in this tradgedy….I know the pain you must all hold in the center of your chest…….I am truly sorry and all three are in a better place with the Lord…I cry for you all…Donna

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  23. Michael and Laura Rousell (nee Walsh) :

    Mike and I send our love and sympathy to the Craig and Pruner families. We remember my cousin Donna for her positive energy, contagious smile and beautiful personality. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this difficult time of loss and grief. Love, Mike, Laura Rousell and family

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  24. Lise Roy-Maxwell :

    My deepest sympathies to you Craig and your entire family. It is a terrible tragedy to lose someone in the prime of her life. I remember Donna so well from St. Pius X School and the Sherbrooke neighborhood where we grew up. She was bubbly and always seemed to be smiling or laughing. Together you raised a very fine family. Her spirit will live on in all the memories you have and her legacy is her children and grandchildren. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Lise Roy-Maxwell

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  25. Anna Maria Kappelhoff :

    Dear Donna!
    You left suddenly and unexpected a week ago today to be with God in heaven.
    I can only imagine how happy you are to be with God.
    But we, on earth mourn and miss you beyond words.
    I pray for your husband and children and grandchildren every day.
    May God give them strength and courage to go on living without you.
    You will look down on all of them from heaven and give them hope and smiles.
    They will have comfort in your presence.
    They will seek comfort in our Lord Jesus Christ.
    Farewell Donna!
    Peace.
    Anna Maria Kappelhoff

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  26. Craig & Family,

    I am so sorry for your loss. Please know my thoughts are with you.

    Linda Walton

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  27. Alf & Sandra Cadman :

    Dear Craig, Alf & I have just learned of your terrible loss. We are in Arizona at the present time and the miles between us seem to make hearing about the loss of your dear wife unreal. Please know we are thinking of you and pray for God’s comfort to be upon you.
    Alf & Sandra Cadman

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  28. BEVERLY & DICK EVANS :

    Craig and family,
    Our deepest sympathies on the sudden and tragic death of your wife and mother.
    Donna was a beautiful woman and we remember, even though she had a young family, she was always bursting with energy and had that pleasant smile.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all
    Beverly and Dick Evans
    Terrace, B.C.

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  29. The Mills,

    I am deeply sorry to hear of Donna’s passing. I have been doing her hair for quite some time now and remember having many wonderful conversations with her. She was kind, hilarious, encouraging and most of all I remember her expressing how much she loved her family. She was so proud of you all! It is with great pleasure to fulfill your request. My deepest condolences.

    Jag

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  30. Charline Dixon :

    Dear Craig and family: We are very sorry for this terrible loss for your family. Please accept our condolences. Love Charline and Owen Dixon

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  31. The zalusky's :

    We are all so sorry for your family’s loss! We all remember all the hockey games/celebrations and of course Donna ‘s great warm smile! You are all in our thoughts and prayers!
    Thinking of you all,
    Zen, Darlene, Devin, Rylan, Jenna

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  32. Darlene & Neil Lillies :

    Dear Craig & Family
    We’re sending our condolences knowing that words can never take away your pain. Donna will be missed by all who knew her but her legacy will live on in the beautiful family you have raised.
    Darlene & Neil Lillies
    Osoyoos, BC

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  33. As a little girl who lived on Gair Avenue I just adored Donna and her house was my favorite place to be. I loved my own mother dearly but I secretly wished she was my Mom. The warmth and unconditional love that she had for her family was felt so strongly by those in her presence as even today I can remember that feeling like it was yesterday. I was so deeply saddened to learn of her passing as I only learnt of this heartbreaking news because I was just trying to find her contact information. This comes many years after she had left a phone message for me and I could not return the call because I had the wrong number.
    I send my warmest thoughts to you Craig, Jennifer, Ian, Bradley, Mark and Glenn at this time and know that your Mother and Wife has left a lasting impression on my life and so many others. She was the best Gair Avenue Mom on the block and boy did she serve a mean kraft dinner 🙂

    Glenys George

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  34. I just heard. I am so very sorry. Donna was amazing and one of the best “Mom” s I ever saw. She overcame her beginnings and triumphed. She will be missed. My best to Craig and their kids.
    Respectfully,
    Carmen

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  35. Craig and family,
    I have many many childhood memories of Donna from St. Pius, Sherbrooke, and Mac High that I will cherish forever.
    I cannot imagine what a great loss this is for you and your family of losing such a wonderful and beautiful wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend.
    My thoughts and prayers are with each and everyone of you for the strength to carry on.
    Maria Spink

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  36. Marybeth Haydo :

    Hello Craig and Family,
    Please accept my most sincere condolences on the passing of Donna. I have many warm memories of sharing time with her and the other St. Sylvester girls over the years. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her and, especially, her loving family. Such a great and tragic loss for all who knew her.
    Sincerely,
    Marybeth Haydo

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  37. Ray and Sandie Mcbrien :

    We just heard of your terrible tragedy. Our son, Paul played hockey with Brad so we met Donna through that. She was a wonderful positive person, and we rest assured that God has a new and special angel. Our thoughts and prayers are with Craig and his children.

    Ray and Sandie McBrien

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  38. Janice Prodor :

    Craig and family,
    I was shocked and saddened to see Donna’s obituary in the Edmonton Journal. I knew Donna at Mac High where we were cheerleaders together along with my sister, Elaine. What fun we had with Donna. She was so full of energy and fun! And yes, that smile! I am so sorry for your loss and pray that you find strength in friends and family in the days and years to come. Her tragic life ending is truly a loss. Maybe Donna rest in peace. With deepest sympathies, Janice Prodor

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  39. Sandra Paniec :

    My deepest condolences to the family. The boys always spoke highly of their mother and it was obvious how influential she was in their lives. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

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  40. Margaret and Terrance Chan and family :

    We saw that it was Donna that was in this tragedy, last night on the news. So saddened and shocked. We wish to extend our condolences to Craig, Jennifer, Ian, Brad, Mark and Glen, Hanna and the extended family. Donna was god-sent when she entered our lives by responding to the community newsletter to look after Terrance at age 1.(now 19) She remains in our memories as bright , cheerful and positive. She was like a god mother to Terrance, taking him to do Santa pictures and giving him the regular mushroom haircuts along with Ian, Brad, Mark and Glen. We hope her positive, heartwarming and energetic spirit will remain to help fill the huge void, that words cannot express. It always felt good to be around Donna and her family. We are thinking of all of you as you go through this very difficult time.

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