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Donna Ann Walton

Date of Death: June 13, 2016

Date of Birth: May 27, 1939

Biography:

Donna Ann Walton, 77 of Auburn, left her earthly presence on June 13th at her home with daughters Brenda and Belinda by her side.  Donna was born May 27, 1939 in Lewiston ME, one of nine children of Daniel and Elnora Nuzzo. Being from a large family Donna always looked forward to family time and gatherings where she could dance and be the life of the party. She provided many happy memories of her “antics” at family functions, holidays & vacations.  One of her many pleasures was spending time with her friends and family and playing some of her favorite card games, Skip-Bo and Hand and Foot. When she was on a winning streak, she would always let you know and it was hard not to miss it with that “Cheshire” grin she would wear.  Donna always looked forward to her Sunday afternoon lunch dates with her daughter Belinda at the Village Inn, in Auburn.  She loved the chance to socialize with the staff and enjoy the wonderful meals prepared by her son-in-law Mike Vallee, of the family owned business.  Donna was also a former restaurant owner with her husband Michael.  They owned Mario’s restaurant in Gorham, ME in the late 60’s until 1978. They later returned to their roots in Auburn and opened Mike’s Variety & lunch counter for a few years then later chose to leave the stress of being a “business owner” and enter the working world.  Donna had been employed as a textile worker and worked also for Pepsi Co. After retirement she became the devoted caregiver for many years for her husband Michael who had a rare heart condition.  Recently widowed, her husband left his earthly presence fifteen months earlier.  The later years for them involved spending precious time with family.  Many memories were made at the family camp owned by daughter Belinda and her husband Mike on “Cobbossee” Lake in Manchester.  Over the last fifteen months Donna always had the companionship of her special friend “Missy” the cat and her daughters, sisters and close friends. Donna is pre-deceased by her parents Daniel and Elnora Nuzzo and husband of 56 years, Michael Walton, infant son Bruce Michael, sisters; Jeannie Coyle, Delores Kudlick, Darlene Marin and brothers, Richard and Danny Nuzzo.  She is survived by daughter Brenda and husband Stephen Orach, grandsons Jesse and Ethan Orach of Gorham. Daughter Belinda and husband Michael Vallee of Auburn, grandson Michael B. Vallee and wife Jaime of Old Orchard Beach and great grandson Michael C. Vallee.  Granddaughter Ilissa and husband Derek Cotton and great grandchildren Isabelle and Calvin of Colorado Springs. Grandson Mitchell Vallee and companion Jess Turcotte of Winthrop and granddaughter Jocelyn Vallee of Auburn. Donna also leaves behind sisters; Gloria Parker, Sherall St. Laurent and Teri Poussard and many nieces, nephews and special friends.  It was the wish of Donna and Michael Walton to be laid to rest together and the family will hold their service on Saturday July 2 at Gracelawn Memorial Park, 980 Turner Street Auburn. Visiting hour will be 9 am in the Chapman gathering room with the graveside committal service for both Donna and husband Mike taking place at 10 am.  Arrangements are under the care by Funeral Alternatives and Gracelawn.  Daughters Brenda & Belinda would like to thank the staff of doctors, nurses and aides for the wonderful care and compassion for Donna during her finals weeks at home. In Lieu of flowers donations can be made to Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice, 15 Strawberry Ave. Lewiston, ME 04240.

 

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