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Wednesday, November 6, 2013
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Donna Patrice Dalton

Donna Patrice Dalton, 61, passed on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, in Key West, Fla., the island city she lovingly called home for nearly 20 years.

She was raised in Miami, attending North Miami High School and art classes at Miami Dade Community College. She eventually moved to join family in Manchester, N.H., where she spent most of her adult life until moving to Key West, with a few years in between in Hutchinson Island, Fla., caring for her aging parents.

During her time in Key West, she touched many with her quick smile, free spirit and generous nature, sharing her warmth and open heart easily with those known and unknown. She also made people laugh with her fun and quirky sense of humor. She worked as a carpenter and painter, taking great pride in it, swinging a hammer with gusto until the age of 60. She also attended Florida Keys Community College, attaining her certificate in Drug and Alcohol Counseling, further deepening and sharing her compassionate nature.

She loved connecting with people and spent many years in the service industry before moving to Key West, formerly operating The Getaway Lounge and motorcycle club in Manchester, and most recently, working as a barker at the Bull & Whistle, where she delighted in sharing her enthusiasm about her hometown with visitors and locals alike.

Though friendly to everyone she met, she was deeply private and spent much of her free time alone listening to music or reading and relaxing in her hammock at Fort Zachary Taylor State Park and swimming in the ocean's warm waters. There she could lose herself for hours in the blue sky, the warm sun and the limitless expanse of sea while listening to the pines sway in the breeze. She also took great joy spending time with her three young granddaughters, whose lives she greatly impacted with many wonderful and playful memories.

Donna studied the Farmer's Almanac and Pagan ways, holding a firm resolve regarding the magic of nature. She also bowed deeply to the Catholic church and attended many a mass at St. Mary's Star of the Sea. She believed in the soul. She believed in love. She believed in One Human Family.

She is survived by a brother, Joseph Dalton; sisters Anne delangis Thompson, Theresa deLangis, and Ricci Allard; daughter Cricket Desmarais; son Micah Desmarais; grandduaghters Chloe Desmarais, Seava Lamontagne and Taavi Lamontagne; nieces Lyndsay Dalton, Jezra Beaulieau, Amy Peterson, and Ruby Thomspon; nephews Jesse Dalton, Daniel Dalton, Chase Allard, Cole Thompson and Logan Allard; and her dear uncle Roland Bouchard.

She was a passionate, sensitive being who will be very much missed by all who knew and loved her.

A celebration of life will be held at Fort Zachary Taylor at 4:30 p.m. today with instruments, songs, prayers, stories or a simple silent moment of recognition all happily welcomed.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you "pay it forward" with your own gestures of love and compassion to others.

Carpe Diem and Blessed Be.