Donna Coty
1961 - 2021
Jellison Funeral Home
25 Concord Street
Peterborough, NH
Donna Coty

Hancock, NH — Donna Lynn Coty, 60, of Hancock, NH – a well-loved caregiver to countless patients in the Monadnock Region -- died September 6, 2021, at home, after a brief illness.

She was born April 22, 1961, in New Bedford, MA, to Robert and Emily Steele and attended public schools in Dartmouth, MA.

Donna earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at the University of Rhode Island and soon began a lifelong career in nursing, which included work as a traveling nurse, on assignment to Intensive Care Units at hospitals in need across the country, as an ICU nurse at Monadnock Community Hospital in Peterborough, and more than two decades providing in-home care with New England Life Care.

Since 2017, she had been coordinator of the simulation laboratory for the Keene State College Nursing Program.

Donna was part of an extensive community of nursing professionals in the region and was known as "a healer, a great comforter, a true confidant and a genuine soul," in the words of a close friend. "It was much more than a job."

She fell in love with Steven Coty in 1990 and they were married in 2002.

Personally, Donna was "a live wire, passionate and loved her kids full-on," said another friend. This led to major family trips every summer to national parks across the country for hiking, camping and s'mores by the campfire.

Donna is survived by her husband, Steven; her son, Jamison, and daughter, Jocelyn, of Hancock; her father, Robert Steele, of Dartmouth, MA; her brother, Robert Steele Jr., and his wife, Torey, of Dartmouth; her sister, Susan, and her husband, Bruce Carlson of Wareham, MA. She was predeceased by her mother, Emily Steele, and an unborn son, Graham.

Contributions may be made in memory of Donna Coty to a scholarship to be established in her name at Keene State College, 229 Main St., MS-2701, Keene, NH 03431.

A celebration of Donna's life will be held October 23, 2021, outdoors at the Harris Center for Conservation Education in Hancock.

Jellison Funeral Home in Peterborough is assisting with arrangements. To share a memory, or to leave a message of condolence for the family, please visit Donna's tribute page at
Published by Monadnock Ledger-Transcript on Sep. 16, 2021.
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Celebration of Life
Harris Center for Conservation Education
Hancock, NH
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I couldn´t believe this when I saw it. Donna was a wonderful person. Our family loved her and we could never thank her enough for everything she did for our daughter. Deepest sympathy for her family. We have lost a truly wonderful soul.
Linda Evans
November 10, 2021
Sad to hear of Donna´s passing, a beautiful lady who always brighten my day. My thoughts are with Steve and the family. Hope she is now resting comfortably and that we may someday meet again. Save me a seat at your table. Charlie
Charlie Ingalls
September 25, 2021
My deepest condolences to Jamison, Jocelyn , and of course Steven. My heart aches for you all. Donna always went out of her way to talk with me ; and ask about my son. She was always so genuine , and full of life. Please know you are all in my thoughts. In Sympathy, Linda Landers
Linda Landers
September 16, 2021
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief, and find comfort from knowing that God draws close to the broken-hearted.
T. D.
September 15, 2021
Offering our deepest condolences at this difficult time.
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September 16, 2021
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