Donna Lee (Hansen) Nunnemaker

1933 - 2013


In Loving Memory

Donna Lee (Hansen) Nunnemaker

Oct. 20, 1933 – Oct. 8, 2013

Dayton resident Donna Nunnemaker, 79, passed away peacefully on October

8, 2013, after a short illness. Donna was born October 20, 1933, in Oakland, California, to Royal and Pearl Hansen.

She attended schools in Washington, northern California, then in Oregon at Laurelwood Academy. After finishing her college studies,

she motor-toured across the US, worked for Bank of America, and bought herself a new ’53 Ford Convertible. On November 12, 1955 she married Elmo Nunnemaker, and the couple settled in California to establish their family. She remained involved with continuing adult education. They moved to the Dayton area in August of 1977. She enjoyed good health and a stable home all of her adult life.

Donna was raised Seventh-day-Adventist, and loved music. She played the piano and organ and sang in the church. In California she sang with an acappella choir, and in early years sang seasonally here in Dayton. Her voice was likened to that of Del Delker. She was a fine cook, and enjoyed flowers, cats and sewing, gardening and canning her produce. She had a remarkable knack for interior decoration, arranging ordinary things in a lovely way. She lived in everything she touched. Donna was warm, mindful, and emotionally available to others. She was a peacemaker, a communicator, and always encouraging.

An enthusiastic letter-writer, she corresponded

frequently and at length with friends and family.

She was a past member of TOPS weight loss group in Dayton and became an avid walker, which opened her way to a wider community of local residents. This gave her the opportunity to talk and socialize with neighbors.

It also helped Donna to be tuned into nature and weather.

Donna will be dearly missed by her loving husband Elmo; her daughter, Carmen Kirby, of Oregon; her two sons, Vincent Nunnemaker, of California, and Max Nunnemaker, of New Hampshire, and her three grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her mother and father, her sister Loree Talmadge, and her two brothers, Bill and Buddy Hansen.

Arrangements are entrusted to Hubbard-Rogg Funeral Home of Dayton, Washington.


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