Donna Lee Gilman (Dalrymple), died on December 23rd 2016, at the Rockingham County nursing home after a lengthy illness. She was born June 8th, 1946 in Halifax Vermont, the daughter of Roy Cook and Margaret (Dalrymple) Weigel. Donna Lee grew up in Vermont with her mother's family all around learning at a young age the importance of family and always being there for one another.
She was fond of horses and soon the horse business brought her to meet her husband of 46 years. Donna moved to Exeter and raised her family on the farm. There, the door was never locked and there was always a meal ready for company. She was devoted to her family, that included caring for her elderly in laws for many years. She was proud to be at home preparing each meal thoughtfully and making every holiday special. Family was first, not only her own, but supporting others as well. She welcomed many children into her home during those years, nieces, nephews, town children she babysat and their families. She nurtured each person who came to her table.
She was very special that she could have a close friendship with everyone. She touched many lives with her thoughtful conversation and compassion for all. In the seventies, eighties and nineties she helped with grassroots campaigns walking door-to-door with petitions, making phone calls and working the polls. After her children were grown she enjoyed her job at Walgreens where she kept "in the know" with local politicians and townspeople. Donna taught her children to stop and smell the buttercups and forget-me-nots. Life doesn't always give you roses but God is great and has placed many blessings around us. She took pleasure and delight in the smallest of things. For many years she suffered in poor health and had much pain yet she could marvel at the smallest things and be grateful for them. Let us never forget that important life lesson that she taught us.
Donna was predeceased by her husband Daniel C Gilman. Survived by her three children, Don K. Salis of Chicago, IL, Roberta C. Gilman of Exeter, NH, Cheryl Gilman-White of Exeter, NH; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; many cousins; nieces and nephews.
At this time there are no calling hours. A graveside service will be held at the Exeter Cemetery on June 10, 2017, at 1 PM, with a celebration of life to follow at her home.