Donna Elaine Daly
Devoted Mother, Grandmother and Caregiver
Donna Elaine Daly, 76, died Tuesday, December 15 at her home in Virginia
Donna was born on July 1, 1939, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada to
Lawrence and Sarah Woodhead. Her father, a renowned athlete and aquatic
diver, died in the service of his country in Bristol, England during World
War II. Sarah later remarried to Arthur Bishop (AB) Olson and during
Donna’s sophomore year in high school, the family relocated to Boonton, NJ.
After finishing high school, Donna attended Nursing School at Newark
Presbyterian Hospital in Newark, NJ. In 1960, she married William (Bill) L. Daly, Jr.,
and the couple had two children Denise (1961) and Bill (1964). Donna became a
naturalized U.S. citizen in 1967. In the 1970s, Donna’s family moved to
Kinnelon, NJ, where the family lived for nearly 15 years.
After raising her children through their early childhoods, Donna went to
work as a Registered Nurse at Chilton Memorial Hospital in Pompton Plains,
NJ. She gave loving and dedicated care to her patients at Chilton for
almost 30 years.
Following her retirement from nursing, Donna spent her remaining years
enjoying her grandchildren Taylor (19), Casey (17), Brendan (17), Connor
(14) and Liam (6).
Donna is survived by her children Denise (Michael) Smith and Bill (Gloria)
Daly, five grandchildren, sister Linda, brother Don, and many, many friends
She is preceded in death by her father Lawrence, her step-father AB, her
mother Sarah, her sister Beverly and her husband and the father of her