Oct. 25, 1931 — June 17, 2013
Donnabelle J. “Donna” Fry, Milton-Freewater, passed away June 17, 2013, at the Walla Walla General Hospital in Walla Walla, at the age of 81 years. A funeral will be Tuesday, June 25, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. at the Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home in Milton-Freewater. Concluding services and interment will be in the Veteran’s Section of Mountain View Cemetery in Walla Walla. Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice through the funeral home.
Donna was born Oct. 25, 1931, the daughter of William and Wilma Kuhlenkamp Fry. She lived her first 20 years at the old railroad town of Wallula. She attended school there at the old Columbia High school at Casey, Wash. Donna played girls softball, basketball and was the student body vice president in her junior year and graduated in 1950.
In October 1951 she joined the U.S. Marine Corps. She was in boot camp at Parris Island, S.C., then supply school at Camp LeJune, N.C., graduating second in her class. Donna was then stationed in San Francisco, where she worked in electronic supply. She continued playing and enjoying women’s softball. She was later stationed back at Parris Island where she served as a drill instructor. She retired from the military in 1958 as a staff sergeant.
She returned to Walla Walla and then moved to Milton-Freewater in 1963. Donna had worked at area packing houses as supply worker and manager. She had also worked at Croft’s Flowers as a greenhouse worker and delivery person. Donna retired in 1996. She enjoyed living on Chuckhole Lane with her pets, nearby apple orchards and good neighbors.
Donna is survived by three nieces, Wilma Heaton of Springfield, Ore., Tina Caldera of New Mexico, Kathy Wallace of Walla Walla; three nephews, Bill Carter of Dayton, Duane Springer of Walla Walla, Byron Wenning of Port Orchard, Wash.; and great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by a brother, Alvin Fry; and a sister, Katherine Springer.