Donna  Courtney

Donna Courtney

Sunday, January 30th, 1944 - Friday, February 22nd, 2019
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Donna Kay (Barquin) Courtney passed away on February 22, 2019 at Mid-Columbia Medical Center surrounded by family in The Dalles, Oregon. Donna was born January 30, 1944 and was 75 years of age at the time of her passing.

Donna was born in Montpelier, Vermont to to Ralph Ferdinand and Violet Jessie (Murray) Barquin. She grew up in Montpelier, attended Montpelier High School, and Vermont College. Following college, she moved to Boston, for a while, and then to Sacramento, California, where she met Mike. Thanksgiving weekend of 1971, Donna flew to The Dalles, to meet Mike’s family. That trip was interrupted by the D.B. Cooper high jacking, which caused the airways to close for several hours.

Donna and Mike were married January 1, 1972, in Sacramento. Following the wedding, they made their home in The Dalles. Donna worked, as a bookkeeper, for The Dalles Elks Lodge, and Sigman’s Flowers, before joining Mike in the ownership and operation of the family owned Courtney Insurance Agency.

Donna had many hobbies involving crafts. Most notable was her determination that the local theater company be properly costumed. She spent 15 years as the costume director, running plays with as many as 75 actors in a single performance. She was, also, a phenomenal cook, with a penchant for Italian food, including homemade pasta and sauces.

Donna is survived by her husband, Mike Courtney; daughter, Tara Courtney son, Ben (and wife, Melanie Bond) Courtney; grandchildren, Madeline and Malcolm. She is, also, survived by sister, Joan (Tara) Veno (Joseph), nephew Jeremy and niece Jamie Hill.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Jacky, Jimmy, and Terry, as well as sister Debra Gurule.

A time to celebrate Donna's life and mourn her passing is planned for 2:00 p.m., Saturday, March 30th, 2019 at The Civic Auditorium (323 E. 4th Street, The Dalles, Oregon).

Memorials are encouraged to be made in Donna's memory to Columbia Basin Care Foundation or American Lung Association sent care of Anderson’s Tribute Center Celilo Chapel.

Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson's Tribute Center • Celilo Chapel 204 E. 4th Street, The Dalles, Oregon 97058.

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    Saturday, March 30th, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Saturday, March 30th, 2019 2:00pm
    The Civic Auditorium
    323 E. 4th Street
    THE DALLES, OR 97058
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  • Interment

    St. Peter's Catholic Church & Cemetery
    1222 W 10th Street
    THE DALLES, OR 97058
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  • Reception

    The Civic Auditorium
    323 E. 4th Street
    THE DALLES, OR 97058
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C Joanne Grabinski

Posted at 11:46am
Dear Mike and Family,
You are in our hearts and thoughts as you celebrate the life of your wife, mother and grandmother as you also mourn the end of her life. May your memories and stories of times with her carry you through these early days without her in person and into the future. May you be surrounded with the love and care of many who knew Donna through the many paths she walked in her life.
Sincere condolences,
Joanne and Roger Grabinski
Mt. Pleasant MI

Diana Spear

Posted at 12:17am
Dear Mike and family: So sorry to hear of the loss of Donna. I remember meeting her a few times at our High school reunions and was always glad to have talked with her. Gods love to all of you
Diana Cosby Spear

Debbie Kelly

Posted at 05:43pm
So sorry to hear this. I have memories of working on St Mary’s fundraisers with both of you. Donna was such fun. I want to extend my sympathies to you and your family.

Drew Myron

Posted at 05:58pm
Dear Mike,
Our hearts are heavy with your loss.
Donna brightened so many lives.
With sympathy & sorrow,
Drew Myron - Columbia Basin Care

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