Donna Elaine Hanson


Donna Hanson passed away in her sleep at Drayton Valley Continuing Care on Friday, December 14, 2018. She is survived by her son, Dallas Hanson of Drayton Valley; her granddaughter, Chloe Amanda Hanson of Drayton Valley and her ex-husband Stewart Hanson of Breton. She was predeceased by her son Randy. Donna was a unique woman whose influence touched many people. She was instrumental in providing guidance to those who came from broken homes and fractured lives, ensuring to provide a place of safety and security for them. Facilitating the growth and development of her own boys was not enough for her, she also took in strays. Donna was directly involved in the community and had her finger on the pulse through working at the Western Review for almost 25 years. During her time at the Review she helped coach and mentor many young reporters. She was a tireless advocate for no nonsense writing and good grammar and she made it her priority to ensure those values were reflected in the newspaper. Donna was also a great believer in the importance of community journalism and cared deeply about her work. Although her name rarely appeared in print, she was very much the heart and soul of the Review. Donna was a loyal friend with a big heart. She always had an opinion on the direction the town should be moving in. If Drayton Valley was happy, Donna was happy. She loved living and she would always point out to those of us that would complain about our lives that it could be a lot worse so be grateful for what you have for one day you could wake up with nothing. She also loved “Dancing with the Stars” and “Figure Skating” and dreamed of being able to participate, as she lived the last half of her life with mobility issues. I invite all of you who her were touched by her amazing zest for life to picture her twirling and leaping with a huge smile on her face in the land that comes next. Donna has moved on from our world but she will remain in our hearts and thoughts forever. Her compassion and unfailing belief in the inherent goodness of others can help guide all of us who knew and admired her. Perhaps we could try to pass on those lessons to others… like Donna did. I am sure she is smiling down at us right now, thinking to herself “Stop being such a pot licker”. Goodbye for now Mom, from all of your children and friends.

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Elsie Jackson

I,m sorry to hear of Donnas passing. I met her when we took her little dog Skeeter to become part of our family when she was moving into the wishing well apartments. She was devastated she couldn’t take him with her but I felt she was very happy that he was fitting right in to his new home and we loved him to pieces. Skeeter passed last year at the age of 17 which proves Donna was a loving person and cared well for him. Together again in peace. Our deepest condolences to the family.

Anna Langley-Butt and Bud Butt

My heart aches the loss of another angel who was called home. Thank you for being the wonderful friend who was always there, the laughs around the fire pit and always having that beautiful smile that was so comforting. You will truly be missed by all who had the pleasure to get to know you – R.I.P.

Allan and Janice Fedorus

To Dallas and family. Our world was a better place with your Mom in it. We are so sorry for your loss and were proud to have known her.

Linda Mitchell

I’m sorry you’ve left this world because it was better with you in it. Thank you for the kindness all of those years ago when you gave me a place to stay as a new reporter in Drayton Valley. You were hospitable, welcoming and hilariously funny and I will miss you. I’m sorry I didn’t make it back to Drayton much after I moved but I thought of you often. Thanks for the talks, my friend. Rest peacefully.

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