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Saturday, February 28, 2015
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Donna Kay Blackwood, daughter of Everett Earl Blackwood and Marisue Coulliette, returned to the loving and peaceful embrace of her Heavenly Father on Tuesday, February 24, 2015, after a brief illness. Many thanks to the extraordinarily kind and compassionate staff of Spohn Hospital, Shoreline.
Donna was born on Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma in 1955. She grew up as her father served in the military, living in nearly every state of the union. She graduated from Gregory Portland High School in 1974, and went on to attend Del Mar College where she studied Early Childhood Development as well as Nursing. After graduating summa cum laude, she became a Licensed Vocational Nurse. She worked in the service of children at Ada Wilson's Children's Hospital for a period of time, before her own health concerns forced her to retire early from her chosen profession.
Donna was a devout member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, active as much as her health permitted. She loved children, animals, genealogy, historical romance novels (she eventually wrote one of her own), ghost stories, and the Disney Chanel, among many other things. She was also known to write creative stories for the children of those close to her. She was a kind, caring and generous soul with many friends. She will be greatly missed.
Donna was preceded in death by her father. She is survived by her mother, her brother, Barry Alan, an aunt in South Carolina, as well as cousins in Texas and South Carolina.
Services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, February 28, 2015, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Portland at 600 Marriott Drive. Barring inclement weather, a brief graveside service will follow at Palm Memorial Gardens Cemetery, 4335 Midway Road, Portland (one mile west of Portland on County Road 3567).