Donna Jean Davis died from pancreatic cancer Wednesday, July 11, 2012, at Horizon’s Health Care Center.
She was 78.
Donna was born June 10, 1934, in Durango, to Farrell and Fern (McGuigan) Lee.
She grew up in the Durango and Ignacio area during the Great Depression, then moved to Roswell, N.M., where her father worked as an airplane mechanic during World War II. After the war, the family moved to Grand Junction, where Donna graduated from Central High School in 1952.
Following graduation, Donna attended Intermountain Bible College and Western State College.
During high school she began dating Vern C. Davis. They were married June 19, 1955, in Clifton.
Between 1955 and 2012, Donna and their growing family lived in Grand Junction, New York City, Walsh, and Craig.
After Vern retired, they moved to Hotchkiss in 1991.
In the 1950s, Donna worked as a secretary for the Atomic Energy Commission in Grand Junction. After taking some time off to raise her children, she accepted a job as a paraprofessional for the Moffat County School District until her youngest child was born.
When he began attending school, Donna was hired as secretary for the First Christian Church in Craig, a job she held until the move to Hotchkiss.
In 1971, Donna received the Mother of the Year Award from the Craig Daily Press.
Not only was Donna a super mom to five kids, she was also a great cook, wonderful painter, excellent sewer, marvelous scrapbooker and an incomparable wife.
Outside the home, Donna was a member of the First Christian Church Choir, Mites Society and the Great Divide Community Club in Craig.
After moving to Hotchkiss, she became a member of the Rogers Mesa Modern Woman’s Club, the Hotchkiss Music and Art Club, the Valley Symphony Chorus and the North Fork Community Chorus.
Donna is survived by her husband, Vern, of Hotchkiss; daughters Liane (Rich) Davis-Kling, of Craig, and Gayle (Chuck) Powell, of Denver; sons Tad (Cindy) Davis, of Peyton, Blaine Davis, of Centennial, and Errol (Amanda) Davis, currently living in Seattle; brother Kenneth (Frankie) Lee, of Grand Junction; sister-in-law Charlene Gray, of Chandler, Ariz.; and grandchildren Christopher Kling, Charles and Taylor Powell, Brent, Shaylan, Khylee and Skylar Davis, and Chandler Davis.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 21, 2012, at Mountain View Bible Church in Lazear.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made in Donna’s memory to Horizon’s Health Care, 11411 Highway 65, Eckert, CO, 81418; Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado, P. O. Box 24, Delta, CO 81416, or to the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory.
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