Donna was born December 16, 1936 in Sanford, CO to Roy and Dorothy Morrison. She had two sisters: Geraldine, who passed 30 days after Donna, and Peggy who lives in Ciloquin, OR.
She had the most amazing glow of happiness when she was holding and playing with the grandkids. She worked very hard all of her life and never complained. Donna retired from Electronics Specialty, where she was awarded many times for work excellence and dedication. Donna loved her animals like they were her kids. She was beautiful and didn't know it. Donna passed away at home March 4, 2020
Bill was born in Douglas, WY October 02, 1935 to Pat and Sadie and had 6 brothers. He graduated from Culver high school. He played football wearing an old leather helmet because his head was too big for the new style. He worked with a friend on a ranch riding horses and did steer roping in the local rodeo. Mom fell for him because she thought he was a cowboy. Right out of high school, he joined the Navy and served aboard the USS Marsh a carrier escort ship. He was a signalman and had night bridge watch. He told me one night cruising by an island he saw flickering light, but when he told his commander was told the island was uninhabited. Dad said "I know what I saw" and it stuck with him fearing someone was stranded and he could do nothing. Another night was a storm with 30 foot swells, he fought the wheel all night to keep the ship straight into the waves. What a huge responsibility for a 20 year old. March 20,1955 he was duly initiated into the Solemn Mysteries of the Ancient Order Of The Deep as his ship crossed the Equator. Bill was proud of being a vet and always wore his USS Marsh hat when they went to the VA hospital and restaurants to feel the comradery with other vets and share stories. We always went to the truck stop in Troutdale on Veterans Day.
He worked at a lumber mill, a family farm and became a union welder and metal fabricator and after he retired he worked for a dairy. He and Travis also built and sold trailers. He wanted to learn to be a ventriloquist. He loved to tell jokes and could make his hat pop off his head when he blew on his thumb. Always wanted you to pull on his finger. He greatly loved his family and admired grandkids and nieces and nephews. He also coached girls softball. Bill passed away at home January 30, 2017.
When Bill saw Donna across a room, he said to himself 'wow that's a pretty woman' before he realized as she got closer it was mom. They were married in Culver, Oregon on May 27, 1956 for 61 years. Together, they had a son and 2 daughters; five grandchildren Travis, Cassie, Anna Venessa,and Jennifer; and six great grandkids Lauren, Andrew, Elizabeth, Lili, Henry,and Axel. Their greatest joy was being with grandkids. They loved to take the family driving and exploring new places. Together, they loved music and watching Polka dancing and the Trailblazers. They squaredanced, bowled, collected rocks and created artwork.
Donna And Bill Humphrey graveside memorial is at Eureka Cemetery August 8.
Bill's most important last wish was to be buried with Donna.
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