Phyllis Adele Donovan, 77 of Walla Walla, Wa passed away April 12, 2013
surrounded by family at her home.
At her request a Celebration of Life will be held April 26, 2013 at
the Walla Walla Wagon Wheelers on 383 Hussey Rd from 4:00 PM
to 7:00PM. Contributions can be made to Fort Walla Walla, YWCA
Womens Shelter or to the Walla Walla 4-H Program through the
Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main St, Milton-Freewater,
To leave a condolence online visit www.munsellerhodes.com.
One of five children, Phyllis was born May 3, 1935 in Newport,
Oregon. She was the daughter of George and Velma Taylor
Preston. The family made their home in the Umapine area.
She attended Pleasant View School and later graduated from
McLoughlin Union High School.
On February 16, 1957 she married Tom Donovan in Walla
Walla, Wa and they made their home on the family farm on
Sudbury Road. Phyllis committed her time to the farm, her
family and community. She never knew a stranger. She was
multi-talented, an excellent cook, kept her house and her family
immaculate, she operated the elevator, drove truck and was
capable of doing all farm chores, she was the farm accountant
and the main parts runner. Phyllis was truly Tom’s partner in
Phyllis was a 20 year member of 4-H, she showed livestock at
the WWFFD in the 40’s-dairy cattle and horses, she was Queen
of the Umatilla County Fair and the Pioneer Posse in 1953, exhibited
in the Family Living Division as a kid and young woman
in canning, sewing and baking and continued in the family living
and arts division through the 90’s. Phyllis was a lifetime harvest
crew cook and one of the best. She was an active volunteer
at her children’s schools for 18 years and served on and chaired
many committees. She won the PTA Golden Acorn State Award
in 1972. With her husband Tom was one of the Wa- HI Rodeo
Team Adviser and traveled over many states with the kids acting
as advisor, parent, chaperone and transportation for many of the
members for the team. She was also a member of the Walla Walla
County Cattlewomen’s Organization and served as County
President. Phyllis served on the Frenchtown Board of Directors
for many years. She was also a member of the Sudbury Homemakers
Club. Phyllis was a life member of the Walla Walla Kennel
Club and volunteered as a ring steward at the Walla Walla
Dog Show for over 30 years. Phyllis owned and operated Phyl’s
Custom Macramé business for 18 years and volunteered at the
Penitentiary – teaching inmates how to macramé. She volunteered
at the pari-mutuel horse racing for over 20 years, assisted
in judging commercial booths at the fair for many years and
volunteered in the VIP area. Phyllis received the Outstanding
Service Award for her volunteer work at the fair in 1994 and
continued to volunteer until 2005. Tom and Phyllis were selected
as Parade Marshals in 2007.
Survivors include her husband, Tom, son and daughter-in-law, Kevin and
Becky Donovan, daughter Kim Donovan, daughter and son-inlaw,
Kellie & Kevin Casebier and grandchildren, Thomas Donovan,
Marissa Mueller, Cody Mueller, Tyler Casebier and Justin Casebier.
She was preceded in death by her parents, brother, Kenneth Preston,
sister, Frances Kissenger and her half-brothers, Clyde and Earl Preston.