DONNA J. BROWN, 94, of Eagle, Idaho passed away peacefully at home on June 28, 2021 surrounded by her family.
Donna was born Jan 21, 1927 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and raised in Minnesota. She was the youngest of 4 children. Donna graduated from high school in Adams, Minnesota and moved east to Virginia to start her career in the airline industry. It was also in Virginia where she met and married the love of her life, John G. Brown, in 1948. They had two children, Stephen and Stephanie, whom they raised in Alexandria, Virginia before relocating to California.
After retiring from the airlines, Donna and John bought a small “farmette” in Williams, Oregon where Donna was able to enjoy two of her passions, animals and gardening. The two enjoyed their retirement years, staying busy with the ‘farm’ and their local bowling league, with the occasional trip to the casinos with friends and family, where Donna could test her Blackjack skills. Eventually they relocated to Grants Pass, Oregon, before finally settling in Eagle, Idaho to be closer to family, meeting many new friends along the way.
In addition to her soft spot for animals, Donna loved watching sports, including her Mariners baseball and favorite pro-football teams, and could start AND FINISH a jigsaw puzzle in no time flat! Donna’s generous and fun spirit along with her love of life and family made her who she was; a wonderful person. She thoroughly enjoyed the company of her many friends and pool buddies.
She is survived by her son Stephen G. Brown (Gloria) of Cornelius, Oregon and daughter Stephanie Benedetto (Don) of Eagle, Idaho, along with four grandchildren, Mandee Russell (Tyler); Lacy Benedetto-Hahn (Dean); Ryan Brown (Kristin) and Todd Brown. Donna has also been blessed with four great-grandchildren, Paige, Parker, Ethan and Emilia. She was preceded in death by her parents Ernest and Mayme LeVasseur, three siblings and John, her husband of 61 years.
Donna will now join her husband at the Idaho Veterans Cemetery, Boise, Idaho. In keeping with her wishes, a private celebration of her life will be held by her immediate family. Her wish was to hold her family and friends in her heart and to send love to you all.
She will be missed by everyone who knew and loved her.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation or your local Humane Society.