NAYLOR, Donna Eve
In loving memory of Donna Eve Naylor (nee Diaper), born July 10, 1931 in Calgary, and who died in Edmonton on September 18, 2014.
Donna is survived by two of her three children: Verlie Gilligan and her family, Dean Jenkins and his family, the family of her son Chris Jenkins (predeceased); her brother Randy Diaper and his family and the children of her second husband George Naylor (predeceased, Heather Matthews, her family and Jennifer Naylor.
Donna daughter of Vida and Cecil Diaper, grew up in Calgary surrounded by a large extended family and supportive church community. Donna married Bob Jenkins and gave birth to Chris and Verlie while still in Calgary. The young family moved to Edmonton and expanded with the addition of Dean. Donna later married George, her life partner for 33 years. They retired to Victoria, escaping prairie winters and being closer to Donna’s mother and George’s children, but returned to Edmonton for their last years.
Music was Donna’s passion. A passion that grew as she studied violin at the Mount Royal Conservatory in Calgary, that blossomed in her first professional experience with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, and that came to full flower in her long career with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, her string quartet, and many other ensembles. It was a passion that she passed along to her students. A passion that she could partner in with George and instill in her children and grandchildren. A passion that she shared with her friends and church family and a passion that has become her legacy.
A time to celebrate Donna’s Life and share memories and music together will be held on Monday, November 10, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at the Community of Christ Church, 6919-83 Street, Edmonton, AB, with High Priest Stephen Thompson officiating.
In memory, donations may be made to World Accord, International Development Agency, http://worldaccord.org 1-800-525-3545.