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Dawna Martin

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(née WILSON)

January 9, 1950 - February 4, 2024

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of Dawna Grace Martin on Sunday February 4, 2024 at the age of 74 in Selkirk Manitoba. 

Dawna was one-of-a-kind, a lover of animals, a little eccentric, always made an impression with her infectious laugh and you could easily pick her out of the crowd.

Dawna’s love of animals found her later retired in St Andrews, where she began her “funny farm”.  She raised a variety of animals along with later pursuing the alpaca business.  Dawna volunteered with Manitoba Wildlife where she provided care and rehabilitation for many orphaned animals and helped integrate them back into the wild.  She was always known for taking in any stray that crossed her path.  Later, she settled in Clandeboye with her late husband, Robert John Martin, where she enjoyed spending time in her yard fussing over the flowers, taking the grandkids camping, and hosting many family dinners.  

Dawna enjoyed volunteering with Cancer Care Manitoba, becoming a support for many.  She enjoyed spending quality time over a glass of wine with friends, cherished her lunch dates with the girls, and going thrifting in search of a good deal.  She left an impression with everyone she met and truly was loved and will be dearly missed.   

Dawna was predeceased by her husband and Parents.  She is survived by her brother, two daughters, and her two grandsons.  In keeping with Dawna’s wishes, there will be no funeral service and in lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation

Dawna’s family kindly requests that all of her friends and relatives take a few minutes to honour her memory by sharing photos, memories, and stories, using the comment section on this page.


Cremation & Life Celebrations

530 St. Mary Avenue - Winnipeg

204-421-5501 -

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Comments (3)
01 de mar.

I was shocked and saddened by the sudden passing of Dawna.

I first met Dawna in the early 1970's when we worked for rival film laboratories in Vancouver. She was one of those rare people who make such an impression that despite living in different provinces for decades we could reconnect a few years ago and maintain a special friendship with almost daily messages.

My heartfelt condolences to Kristi and Sandi and the boys.

Barry Jones


28 de fev.

Dawna was a client of mine at the bank when I worked in Selkirk. We hit it off immediately and I considered her a friend. She was full of energy, loved to laugh and it felt like we had known each other forever. She talked about her family so much I felt like I knew them too. I talked to her a couple times since I left the branch and had been thinking about her recently. So sorry for the loss of such a wonderful person.❤️ Leanne Doverspike


27 de fev.

So sad to hear of the passing of your mom. Such a dear and sweet person. She was my neighbor but we didn't connect until her husband passed away. As soon as I met her I felt a connection to her, She was a bright cheerful woman who was compassionate. I regret not being able to spend more time with her. I know we would have been closer friends. She was so much like me. She loved animals, had a laugh like mine, and a little eccentric like me. Such as sweet soul left us to soon.

Debbie Washenfelder

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