ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Donna Lee Dumont Silva. We will remember her forever.
Posted by ShatzNell Cole on March 16, 2021
I have been trying, for over a year now, to find the right words to honor my Mom. How can I put into words the infinite, boundless love I have for her, the treasured memories, and the unimaginable, immeasurable sorrow I have felt since her passing? How am I supposed to move beyond a loss of someone that means the world to me, someone that was at the center of my universe from the moment I took my first breath. I never imagined a world without her in it.

Not too long before she passed, we had started to plan for this month when she would turn 75 and I, a week earlier (today), would turn 50. We never even considered the possibility that one of us might not live to see their milestone birthday. It is all so surreal. I know I am still in denial over her passing. Every day, I think to myself that it just can’t be real, she can’t be gone. I still talk to her every day; I just no longer pick up the phone to do so. When I am struggling with a decision, I hear her voice in my head guiding me. She is with me in all I do and think – of course she is, she helped me become the person I am today. So, while I wish so much to be able to see her and receive one of her amazing hugs, to call her on the phone and hear her voice, to get a loving text from her just when I needed my day brightened - while I long so much for those moments and so many more that were yet to come - I know she is with me and always will be.

I still don’t have the right words to honor my Mom and I doubt I ever will. I can never live up to her loving, caring, thoughtful, generous, and bright spirit. Nevertheless, I strive every day to make her proud of me and to do my best to honor her memory with my actions.

I love you Mom!

Love,
Shatz
Posted by Ashton Long on March 10, 2021
Donna was someone who loved deeply, laughed hard, and hugged even harder.

She took me in as her granddaughter without hesitation in my childhood and made me feel like family. Thanks to her, I got to have family traditions that had never been available to me in my younger years and I have now passed on to my family. She was the type of person that loved so genuinely and always made you feel welcome. She had a light that shined from her heart everywhere she went. She will always be greatly missed.

Posted by ShatzNell Cole on March 9, 2021
It has been a year now since you have passed. The lost is as great today as it was in the moments we found out. The deep compassion and love that you gave this family will never be forgotten. We thank you for all the times you made us feel special and heard. You will forever be loved and held closely to our hearts.

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Posted by ShatzNell Cole on March 16, 2021
I have been trying, for over a year now, to find the right words to honor my Mom. How can I put into words the infinite, boundless love I have for her, the treasured memories, and the unimaginable, immeasurable sorrow I have felt since her passing? How am I supposed to move beyond a loss of someone that means the world to me, someone that was at the center of my universe from the moment I took my first breath. I never imagined a world without her in it.

Not too long before she passed, we had started to plan for this month when she would turn 75 and I, a week earlier (today), would turn 50. We never even considered the possibility that one of us might not live to see their milestone birthday. It is all so surreal. I know I am still in denial over her passing. Every day, I think to myself that it just can’t be real, she can’t be gone. I still talk to her every day; I just no longer pick up the phone to do so. When I am struggling with a decision, I hear her voice in my head guiding me. She is with me in all I do and think – of course she is, she helped me become the person I am today. So, while I wish so much to be able to see her and receive one of her amazing hugs, to call her on the phone and hear her voice, to get a loving text from her just when I needed my day brightened - while I long so much for those moments and so many more that were yet to come - I know she is with me and always will be.

I still don’t have the right words to honor my Mom and I doubt I ever will. I can never live up to her loving, caring, thoughtful, generous, and bright spirit. Nevertheless, I strive every day to make her proud of me and to do my best to honor her memory with my actions.

I love you Mom!

Love,
Shatz
Posted by Ashton Long on March 10, 2021
Donna was someone who loved deeply, laughed hard, and hugged even harder.

She took me in as her granddaughter without hesitation in my childhood and made me feel like family. Thanks to her, I got to have family traditions that had never been available to me in my younger years and I have now passed on to my family. She was the type of person that loved so genuinely and always made you feel welcome. She had a light that shined from her heart everywhere she went. She will always be greatly missed.

Posted by ShatzNell Cole on March 9, 2021
It has been a year now since you have passed. The lost is as great today as it was in the moments we found out. The deep compassion and love that you gave this family will never be forgotten. We thank you for all the times you made us feel special and heard. You will forever be loved and held closely to our hearts.
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Life Story of Donna Dumont Silva

Donna was an amazing woman. She cared deeply for everyone in her family and in the world.  She was a wonderful mother and grandmother. She was very patriotic and often could be found wearing American flag socks, shirts and earrings. She loved the 4th of July and fireworks so much. She would start most days making calls checking on those she loved. Then she would call back later for those who had special events or just needed extra love and support. She was our biggest cheerleader. She loved surprises and you never knew who was going to be surprised next. She was a very generous person who was always willing to lend a helping hand. It was extremely hard to take her out to eat and pay. Even if you did get to pay, you were likely to find some cash later hidden for you. She loved the New England Patriots and College football as well.  She never met a stranger in an elevator, plane, standing in line or at the slot machines. She would take the time to get to know someone when most would not even ask. She had such an inquisitive mind and liked games and shows that challenged her mind. She was incredibly lucky when gambling and loved to sit and play the machines. She just seemed to have luck in her bones. She always thanked her mother for her luck. Everyone deeply misses the phone calls from her. She always made you feel so important and loved. There are so many wonderful things to say about her and the person she was to all of us.

Donna Lee Dumont was born on March 23, 1946, in Providence, Rhode Island. She grew up "on the square" in Riverside, attended East Providence Senior High School and worked at Riverside Cleansers - where she met her first husband, Russell Cole. Donna and Russ were married on September 16, 1966 and had two children - a daughter, Terri Lee, and a son, Shatz. Donna was an amazing mother. She spent countless hours helping her children with schoolwork (and studying for spelling bees), serving on the PTA, chaperoning school field trips, driving them to band and sporting events and putting her whole heart into building a strong, supportive and loving foundation for them. She a was loving and compassionate mother, and her children never had any doubt that they were the center of their Mom's universe (as she was theirs).  Donna was an amazing mother and is so deeply missed.

She then married Ron Silva on July 12, 1996, in Riverside, Rhode Island. She loved Ron very much and was a devoted wife. She did all she could to make their world together great and cherished their time spent traveling across the country. She also enjoyed volunteering with the Women's Auxiliary for Marine Corps League Detachment #757 in Lake Havasu City, AZ. She especially enjoyed volunteer activities centered around the league's Toys For Tots initiatives.

Her father, John "Curt" Curtis Dumont, was born on November 11, 1919, in Providence, Rhode Island.  Her mother, Irene Elizabeth Arruda, was born on July 28, 1921, in Providence, Rhode Island. They were married on November 23, 1940 and had four children.  It was often said that Irene's favorite hobby was "taking care of Curt". Curt enjoyed playing the organ, and Donna loved to listen to him play "Daddy's Little Girl", but Irene and Curt's favorite song was "It Had To Be You". The Dumonts loved to travel - in the early days they had a "pop-up" camper, but in the later years they traveled in style towing an Airstream trailer behind their blue and white Suburban -  as such, Donna and her siblings were fortunate enough to visit national parks and scenic wonders across the US.

Donna was very close with her parents and she was heartbroken over her mother's unexpected passing on October 9, 1996, in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, at the age of 75 - just a few months after travelling back to RI to attend Donna and Ron's wedding. The family purchased a bench - on the beach facing Thompson Bay at Rotary Park in Lake Havasu - in Irene's honor. 

After her Mom's passing Donna took more frequent trips to Havasu to visit her father. When Ron retired, he and Donna became snow birds staying with Curt in Havasu during the winter months. Donna took care of her father when he fell ill shortly before passing on April 6, 2010, in Lake Havasu City, Arizona - he was 90. Donna had her father's name added to her mother's bench and would sit on the bench, look out across the water and visit with them from time to time.  In 2012, Donna and Ron decided to make the move to Havasu permanent - and she spent her final years living in the house her parents' had built in Lake Havasu back in 1986. Donna passed away suddenly on March 9, 2020, in Las Vegas, Nevada, at the age of 73. 

Her sister, Bette Irene Dumont was born on January 17, 1942, in Rhode Island. She is the last surviving sibling. 

Her brother, John "Jackie" Curtis Dumont was born on October 26, 1948, in Providence, Rhode Island.  He married Kathryn Elizabeth Doyle on May 1, 1971 and they had a son, Brian, in 1976. John died on May 18, 2020, in his hometown at the age of 71. Donna and John were very close, even as kids, given that they were the middle children and only two years apart in age. His wife, Kathy, and Donna were best friends and spoke to each other every day. 

Her youngest brother, Robert "Bobby" Earl Dumont, was born on September 4, 1952, in Providence, Rhode Island. He lived a colorful life and had many friends.  He died on October 6, 2020, in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, at the age of 68.

Donna had many grandchildren, some from her children, some from stepchildren and some from their marriages. She treated all of them as her own and did all she could over the years to show each of them how much they meant to her. Whether it be cookie days, watching movies, creating special one on one moments or just calling to check on them. She did an excellent job and all knew they were loved. 

Words cannot capture the beautiful soul that we were lucky enough to have in our lives. She was a guardian angel on earth. We were beyond blessed to be the lucky ones to have enjoyed the many years we spent with her. There are no words to express the magnitude of loss the family is facing now. 

“I know for certain that we never lose the people we love, even to death. They continue to participate in every act, thought and decision we make. Their love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories.”
—Leo Buscaglia
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Shared by ShatzNell Cole on March 1, 2021
When I first met Donna, I was so nervous. I had a lot of issues with trust and did not think anyone could be that nice. She was so warm and welcoming and it was confusing to me at first. It took me a couple of years to really let my walls down. The whole family were huggers and it took some time to get use to that. It changed my soul to watch who she was in this world. She was full of compassion for everyone. She spent her life making sure everyone was okay. 

I loved our phone calls every few days. She was really my best friend. I could talk to her about things and knew that she would listen and care. We were there for each other. What I would give for one more call from her!

When Donna would come to visit, we would have the best conversations. She would come down in the morning to get her tea. We would just talk about whatever was going on in our lives. It was our special moments to really get deep or just laugh and enjoy. I still look at the recliner and think about those times. It was so special to have someone who cared so much and listened so well. It was our little bubble that we got to enjoy. 

There is spot in our upstairs loft that marks where my husband told me about her being rushed to the hospital and flown to Vegas. Sometimes when I step there, I can feel that moment. It will haunt me forever. 

Donna left me a better person for knowing her. She gave me back belief in human kindness. She gave me trust that there are really good people in this world. She gave me a feeling of safety that I will hold onto forever. 

Thank you, Donna, for all you gave to me. My heart and soul will be forever grateful for the kindness and love that you gave to me. I will always think of you and who you were to all of us. We deeply love you and miss you! I will carry you with me in this world as we face it without you. 

Goodbye to the earthly you, I hope to see you in my dreams and hear how your journey is going on the other side.

With the deepest of love, I thank you!

Ron Silva Photography link

Shared by ShatzNell Cole on February 28, 2021


Donna's husband Ron has captured the history of the family with his photography skills. His camera has been there for most family events. He created a smugmug.com account that has photos from over the years. Please check out the photos of a wonderful history with her. https://ronsilva.smugmug.com/Family