Donna Muriel Colby (née Taylor)

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COLBY; Donna Muriel (née Taylor) Nov. 23, 1929 – Apr. 22, 2020.  Donna Muriel Colby, in her 91st year, passed away peacefully in the arms of her eldest son Kim and daughter Laura by her side. Donna was the beloved wife of the late Bruce Melvin Colby and cherished mother to Kim (Wendy), Lee (Julie) and Laura.  Wonderful “Nannie” to Tara, Blair, Taylor, Nathan and Amanda. Mother-in-law to Glen Peters of Port Perry. Donna worked for Scarborough Parks and Recreation as a fitness instructor which blossomed into a life long enjoyment of physical activity. An accomplished golfer, she also loved to curl, dance, garden, travel and wasn’t shy to pick up a hammer to renovate and decorate. Minden will always be her home but she enjoyed spending winters for 2 decades in Mexico with her late husband Bruce. She will be sadly missed by all of her family and friends; her energy and charismatic charm was infectious to all.

Service Information

As per Donna’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A celebration of Donna’s life will be hosted in Minden at a later date and time. Being a passionate animal lover, donations can be made in her name to a local animal rescue of your choice. Online condolences may be made at


Our deepest sympathies are with all if you at this difficult time. May you find comfort and peace in your memories of her and the time spent together. Rest In Peace, Donna.

Sandy and Nick Ciarlariello

On behalf of all the members of the Minden Curling Club, especially the golfer, we extend sympathy to the family. We all enjoyed Donna's company and enthusiasm especially on the golf course.

Minden Curling Club members

We will all miss that infectious laughter. Donna was one of the good ones. RIP

Len and Patti Goreski

Our sincerest condolences to you at this time. May God hold you all in the palm of his hand . May you find peace and comfort in his spirit. We will keep you all in our prayers.

The Rafter family

I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. My heart and thoughts are with all of you at this difficult time.

Elke Pfister

We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Heart felt Condolences to your family. Donna was a very special lady. She was definitely the “coolest mom” we knew when we were kids. We will never forget her easy, fun personality, and her warm welcome, always ready with a fresh pot of coffee whenever we came over. Rest In Peace Donna, you will always be remembered fondly as my surrogate mom next door. Love Paula

Paula and Dominic Vetere

You were bright, sunny and positive. you spread seeds of happiness everywhere you went. I will miss your smile and I will never forget your laugh. My heartfelt condolence to family & friends. Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your heart.

Anna Marie Hockley

Laura, a bright and beautiful light went out when your mother left to go into the hands of her maker. You are her image and her legacy lives on through you and her grandchildren. My deepest condolences to you, Amanda and the family. She will be missed but never forgotten.

Candy Merten

Our sincere condolences to all the Colby Family. We are thinking of you at this very sad time.

Robert and Sandra Booth

Our heartfelt condolences to the Colby family. Donna was always full of life ada pleasure to be around.

Glenn & Judy Armstrong

Jamie & I send our sincere condolences to Kim, Lee, & Laura. Donna will be remembered as a “party girl”, with an infectious laugh! May she now be in the arms of her beloved Bruce. Hugs to the family.

Joy (Booth) Macpherson

Dear Laura, Kim and Lee. Darrell and I were saddened to hear about your mom's passing. We really enjoyed getting to know her over the past 12 years on Gull Lake. She had an incredible spirit, an amazing and seemingly never-ending amount of energy (a true inspiration) and a great sense of humour. We are sending you and your families our deepest sympathy. xo

Leslie Beck and Darrell Ball