AUGUST 7, 1948 — JANUARY 31, 2022
On August 7,1948 at 5:12 p.m., a beautiful freckle faced little girl with firey red hair was born to Edward & Lizzie Van De Ryse in Drumheller, Alberta.
She attended the cottage schools in Newcastle and then moved on to the big schools in Drumheller graduating from the then Drumheller Vocational High School. Outside of school hours she could be found working for Elmer at the Tastee Delight. Then it was off to the University of Calgary for 3 years to fulfil her dream of being a teacher. She was able to teach kindergarten for 2 years. She was married in 1970 and then subsequently divorced in 1980.
in 1978 she returned to the workforce securing a job with the Canada Employment Agency. Moving through the ranks working in Calgary, Edson and then Kamloops as the office manager.
in 1991 she returned to Drumheller to care for her Mom and be closer to family. Remembering her days from the Tastee Delight she decided to become her own boss and opened Rainbow Ice Cream that was located on the Dinosaur Trail. Unfortunately lifestyle changes saw the decrease in demand for ice cream treats and she was forced to close the business. She went on to secure employment with Drumheller Oilfield Services. Changes again happened and she spent a brief period living in Irma, Alberta. Then back to Drumheller where she again went back into the ice cream business selling treats at the Swinging Bridge, then on to 7-11 and finally working for the Drumheller Mail until her retirement at 65.
Doneal loved to crochet and create numerous craft items all her life. She always had the entrepreneur in her blood from a young age. She remembers being the first to volunteer to sell fund raising tickets for school and other groups. Then going on to be a regular at the Farmer’s Market and entering the annual exhibitions winning many awards for her work
When she retired it became her passion to expand her crafting and crocheting. As well she began collecting items from far and wide to have regular garage sales. She lovingly cleaned and repaired items for resale. She felt that what was someone’s junk became another's treasure. Not everyone knew her name but if you mentioned the “Garage sale lady” they all knew her.
Doneal is survived by her sister Marie (Richard) Glover and family. Ed (Debbie) Van De Ryse and family. Donna Heller and family. Good friends Glenda Zerebeski, Brenda Delaney and Leslie and Lynee Wilkins.
She was predeceased by her Father, Mother and younger sister Barbara.
In keeping with her wishes, there will be no funeral service. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society in her name.
Courtney-Winters Funeral Home in care of arrangements