Phyllis Donovan

1935 - 2013


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,

Oregon 97862.

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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

all things.

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.


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