Donna was an incredible person who touched the lives of so many people. She maintained her peace and joy, not surprisingly to those who knew her, until the end.
Donna was born August 1929 in East Grand Forks, Minn. She grew up in Seattle, traveling to North Dakota during summers to help on the family farm. After high school, she settled in Spokane, and in 1952, married Don Andersen. They had three children, and moved to Montana in 1965.
As a stay at home mom, Donna had many happy years raising her children. As her children grew, Donna's home and especially her kitchen were always open to their friends. Beana, as she was known to many, became known as a formidable opponent when engaged in a good-natured game of snapping dish towels around her kitchen after serving a wonderful meal. As one of the special kids who often graced her home recently noted, he was grateful to Don and Donna for playing Ward and June Cleaver to his group of little rascals!
Donna was always optimistic and positive, and never let negative circumstances influence how she lived her life. She preferred to stay out of the limelight, preferring instead to live a quiet and rich life, truly enjoying all the simple pleasures. She especially loved visiting Hawaii, and camping anywhere where it was warm. She also loved her crossword puzzles, her kitties, favorite books and TV shows, and listening to Frank Sinatra.
Donna is survived by her children, Linda (Ross) Wilkinson, Cheryl Johnston, and Tom (Janet) Andersen, six grandchildren, and four great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Don, a son, James Michael and other assorted family and friends who died too young.
The family would like to thank Clark Fork Valley Hospice for their wonderful care of Donna during the final days of her life.
At Donna's request, no memorial service will be held. Instead, she wanted everyone to just look to the future and enjoy life to the fullest.