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Donna Brownell

 

August 8, 2019

Donna Brownell

Donna Brownell

Donna Mae (Wise) Brownell passed away peacefully in Dayton, Washington, at the Booker Rest Home on Friday, August 3, 2019.

Donna was born in LaCrosse, Washington, on March 13, 1933, to parents Thomas Elbert Wise and Gertrude Mae Wise. She and her four brothers and two sisters all helped on the wheat farm and were musically talented. Donna enjoyed singing and drama at Colfax High School where she was a cheerleader for four years. She graduated in 1951.

Donna married her high school sweetheart, Larry G Brownell, on January 16, 1953, at the Methodist Church in Colfax, Washington. Their journey together took them to El Paso, Texas; Walla Walla; Oakesdale, and back to Colfax where they spent most of their married life. The couple divorced in 1978.

Donna was always musically active in community and church programs and passed that love on to her children.

Donna Brownell

Donna Brownell (as a child)

Donna is survived by five children: Gregory Richard Brownell (wife Susie), Dayton, Wash.; Bruce Marlin Brownell (wife Erricka) Priest River, Idaho; Darla Brownell Tubbs (husband Dana) Airway Heights, Wash.; Jonathan Lawrence Brownell (wife Jane) Sandpoint Idaho; Gloria Kay Holgren (husband Mick) Lake Stevens, Wash.; 12 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Donna was preceded in death by a daughter, Paula Bonnie Brownell, who passed away in Colfax at age 12, on July 16, 1982; father, Thomas Elbert Wise; mother, Gertrude May Wise; brothers: Raymond Wise, Kenny Wise, Howard Wise, Richard Wise; and sisters: Bonnie Wise Leinweber, and Doris Wise Meyer.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, August 10, at 3:00 p.m. at the Colfax Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family has suggested that donations to be made to the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation.

 
 

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