Donna Lea Gardner died on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2006, at the Kadlec Medical Center in Richland, Wash. She was 60.
Recitation of the Rosary will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 21, 2006, at Burns Mortuary Chapel in Hermiston. Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. Dec. 22, 2006, at Burns Mortuary Chapel. Private family burial will follow at the Desert Lawn Memorial Cemetery in Irrigon.
Donna Lea Gardner was born on Jan. 6, 1946, in Baker to parents Robert and Violet Howell. She married J.C. Gardner on May 11, 2001 in Hermiston.
For the past few years, she was a resident of Irrigon. She lived in Baker for many years and the John Day area for 15 years. She worked for the State of Oregon for 32 years as a case manager. She was a champion to the elderly she worked with.
She loved to travel, spend time with her kids and grandkids, fly fish, read, go to museums, be outdoors, and loved wolves. She was a member of the Catholic Church.
Mrs. Gardner is survived by her husband, J.C. Gardner, of Irrigon; son, David Pierce, of Irrigon; daughter, Michelle Osborne, of Irrigon; sisters, Faith
Sonnemon of Colby, Wisc.; and Darlene Farley of Boise, Idaho; grandchildren, Dustin, Jessika, Gavin, Bradley, Rylee, Harley, Seth; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Violet Howell; and two brothers, Leland and Randy.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association. Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in care of arrangements.