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Dona Lorraine Britton
(11-15-1922 - 05-16-2013)




Dona Lorraine Britton (nee Robison), age 90 passed away peacefully Thursday, May 16 after a brief illness at the Vines at Countryside, with her daughter Sue by her side. During the latter 15 years of her life, she experienced a gradual decline due to Alzheimer's disease, but her hazel eyes still sparkled and her smile brought warmth to any room. 


Beloved wife of the late Anthony (Tony) S. Britton, cherished mother and mother-in-law of Susan and Eddie Opitz of Mt. Prospect, IL, loving daughter of the late Ione M. and William H. Robison, and dear step-mother of Chris Anne Ball, Lakewood, CO.  Dona was also preceded in death by many aunts, uncles, and cousins, and is survived by an extended family in Iowa.


Born on November 15, 1922 in Eldon Iowa, Dona moved with her parents several times residing primarily in Iowa and Texas.  She proudly served as a WAVE in the Navy in WWII, but was honorably discharged soon after enlisting to care for her sick mother.  Being a true patriot, she continued supporting the US war efforts by working at the Rock Island Arsenal. She also worked in the advertising department of Von Maur in Davenport, IA.  Dona married Tony Britton in 1955, and they lived in Calumet City, Elmhurst, Lombard, IL, and also Bloomington, MN., while spending the last 37 years as residents of Elgin.  She was a homemaker and realtor, working for Windsor Development before retiring.


Dona's creative talents were expressed in everything she did from sewing, painting, furniture refinishing, gardening, and collecting antiques.  She embodied the rare combination of intelligence, creativity, compassion, generosity, and an adventurous spirit. Dona had a lifelong love of learning, and was a vocal advocate for children, animals, nature, and social justice.


The family would like to thank Dr. Monika Rolek, The Lutheran Home, The Vines at Countryside, Seasons Hospice, and Dona's personal caregivers Janelle Mathisen and Yadira Dominguez for their compassionate care.


A memorial service to celebrate Dona's life will be held in the garden at The Vines at Countryside, 971 Bode Rd., Elgin, IL on June 02, at 10:30 A.M.  Cremains will be buried with her husband  Anthony in Bluff City Cemetery in Elgin at a later date, with military honors.


In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Dona's name to The Alzheimer's Association, Anderson Animal Shelter (Elgin), The Arbor Day Foundation, or any veterans charity.


Arrangements were entrusted to Laird Funeral Home. Elgin.  Information 847-741-8800 or www.lairdfamilyfuneralservices.com.

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