Donna Marie Lyons died peacefully with her family by her side November 12, 2020 in Cañon City after experiencing brief, unexpected medical complications.
Donna was born to John and Dorothy (DeVivier) Prather on August 12, 1951 at St. Thomas More Hospital. She attended Cañon City schools and graduated from Cañon City High School in 1970. Growing up, she enjoyed taking part in 4-H, collecting ceramic dogs and playing basketball until dark with her brother. She lived nearly her entire life on the same property where she grew up, close to where her grandparents grew their fruit orchard in Lincoln Park. She spent many hours with her siblings and cousins picking apples and playing outdoors.
She later worked for several years at Hilltop Market and then at the St. Thomas More Hospital dietary department where she retired after 25 years. After she retired, she spent the last five years with her husband, Ronald Lyons, simply enjoying a peaceful life. They were married February 14, 2003 and were each other’s rocks and daily sources of strength. Donna enjoyed watching the Denver Broncos, sending cards to loved ones, collecting M&M memorabilia and spending time with her family.
Donna is survived by her husband; her children, Carie (Corey) Canterbury, Paul Nelson and Traci (Jeff Kuhn) Nelson; step-son, Jason Lyons; her grandchildren, Owen Canterbury, Kayelan (Adam) Taylor, Collin Canterbury, Anthony (Keely Carriger) Hawley, Madison Nelson and Nathan Nelson; her brother, Dennis (Cindy Warren) Prather; her sister, Vivian (Herb) Cohagan; special cousins, Jim Mullins and Terry Brechlin; and many nieces, nephews and extended family members. She was preceded in death by her parents, along with several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Anyone who would like to make a donation in Donna’s memory may do so to the Orchard of Hope Foundation or the American Cancer Society.
A private celebration of life will be held by her family at a later date.
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