Dona Doreen Miller passed away peacefully on Aug. 11, 2019. After a happy and loving life in Grays Harbor, Dona spent the last 10 years at the Panorama City retirement community in Lacey, Washington. A celebration of Dona’s life will be held at Capital Vision Christian, 1775 Yew Ave NE, Olympia, Washington, on Sunday, Aug. 25 beginning at 4 p.m. The celebration will be led by Dona’s pastor, Bruce Sanders.
Dona was born June 6, 1933, in Sunnyside, Washington, to Velda and Elmer Jorgensen (both deceased). She grew up in Elma and graduated from Elma High School. Dona married John Miller on April 4, 1953, and lived happily together for two weeks shy of 60 years. Dona’s children include Richard (deceased 2004, wife Evonne), Bill (Lisa), Ted (Kathy) and Becky (Brian) Tole. Dona was also blessed with 18 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. Dona is survived by her sister Linda Albach. Dona’s sisters Pat Hockett and Sandy Palmer and brother Dale Jorgensen preceded her in death.
Dona was a loving wife and mother. She supported John and their logging truck operations as the chief bookkeeper, taxpayer and budget manager operating out of the family home north of Hoquiam. She was a girl scout leader, den mother, day camp director, and PTA President. She rode motorcycles and loved a good road trip. She taught and advised in her church activities and loved Jesus. Dona was a great baker and an excellent seamstress. She enjoyed reading her murder mysteries and particularly the humorous ones. She enjoyed puzzles of many kinds, scrapbooking and was very good with crafting running a ceramic shop out of her home for many years. She was quick with her wit and was a huge part in her children’s successes in life as she was a patient teacher providing support and encouragement but never telling them how to run their lives.
She had the brightest smile and was the funny girl up to the very end. She made many friends during her stay at Panorama, particularly the staff nurses and CNA’s. They loved her spunky and many times stubborn ways.
Dona was much loved, loved many and will be greatly missed.