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NORTON, Donna Karen

May 13, 1952 – Creston, B.C.
August 6, 2017 – Calgary, Alberta

Donna passed quietly on Sunday, August 6, 2017 with her loving husband John by her side.

Donna was owner, operator of Blondie’s Bistro in Creston B.C. for twelve years until 1997. Donna and her husband, John, moved to Calgary in 2002. Donna loved to travel and talk to people. She loved Hollywood and having her name in the credits of “Revenant” as Production security guard. She was proud of receiving the White Hat award for Back of House while working at Heritage Park. Donna always had good stories to tell about her many adventures in and around Calgary.

Donna will be lovingly remembered by her husband John Norton; her mother Susan Nemanishen; two sons, Kerim (Amy) Aktug and Kamil (Krista) Aktug; and her grandchildren Quinn and Keagan Aktug. She will also be missed by aunts, uncles, nieces, and friends. Donna was always greeted at the door by her rescue dogs Chloe, Zoe and Ellie May. Donna refered to the dogs as her “good for nothings but love”.

Donna was predeceased by her father Fred Nemanishen and brother Ed Nemanishen.

As per Donna’s wishes there will be no funeral service. Condolences may be forwarded through

In living memory of Donna Norton a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E., Calgary, AB Telephone: 403-256-9575.

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  1. Brian Pridham :

    Being born in Creston BC was a very special place to grow up. Having the Nemanishen’s for neighbours made for a life-time of stories and memories. You will be missed Donna, your smile always warmed my heart as kid and the way you could pop your gum was very impressive. As an adult it was an honour to work beside you in your restaurant Blondie’s. Thanks for all you did and the joy you brought so many people. Rest well.

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  2. Marie Pridham Acton :

    My deepest sympathy to Donna’s family. I was very saddened to hear of her passing. I grew up next door to Donna and have so very many memories of her. From the first time she asked me if I could come over to play, we had so many fun times. These are a few of my memories – playing dress up movie stars, hanging out in the “summer kitchen” while Mrs. N. was canning or baking delicious goodies, picking raspberries, playing her records (she had the best record collection), going to the drive-inn when she got her license, the way she could snap her gum, listening to her play the accordion, building forts out of apple bins in the fall, sitting in the garden swing that Fred had made, and just hanging out together. Although we have lost touch over the years, she has remained forever in my heart. Please know that my thoughts are with all of you at this sad time.

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