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Wednesday, June 19, 2024
Obituary:Donna Lee Ure

Donna Lee Ure passed in peace on Jan. 11, 2021 at Upper Canada Lodge.

She is survived by two adoring children, Ian and Lindsay, their spouses and her grandson Halo.

Donna was born in Stettler, AB on June 5, 1944, the second youngest of four children. From a young age it was obvious that she was as clever as she was compassionate and charmed most with her spunky smile.  After graduating high school, Donna attended Nursing school at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, where she met her lifelong friends while living with seven of them in a house. We still refer to them as ‘the nurses.’ Making lifelong friends was just one of her many talents.  Following graduation she and the love of her life bought their dream home on the Shores of Sylvan lake Alberta. Donna and her husband Doug were teaching at Red Deer College before both travelled to San Francisco to continue their education. This pattern of working followed her into her professional life. Donna was a hard-working pragmatist who believed there is nothing more practical than a good theory. Her commitment to theory and practice influenced everyone and everything she did.  Soon the desire to see the world took over and they left Alberta, and began their lifelong journey together to work, to travel, and to educate. In the summer of 1986, Doug and Donna travelled with her two young children to Niagara-on-the-Lake, where they have lived ever since.

Both worked at The Niagara Institute where they developed an international reputation in the field of leadership development. There, Donna rose to the position of Director of Programs before leaving to work as a consultant full time alongside her husband, and building Ure & Associates together.  Doug and Donna celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 2019, having married on a sunny day during the summer of love in 69. She is survived by Douglas, and her two adoring children, Ian and Lindsay.

We have lost a wife, a mother, a best friend, a sister. A foxhole buddy. We feel immense gratitude for every day we got to spend with her, every lesson, every smile, every shot in he arm. Every hug. Every conversation. We loved her and we will cherish our memories of her above all else. We have received an outpouring of condolences; one that the young spunky girl from Alberta would be proud of.

 She would have shown us the smile and nodded her agreement that it had has bin a life worth living most definitely. Thank you to everyone who will continue to remember the woman she was!

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