Donna Rae Earley
May 22, 1959 - April 4, 2016
Donna Rae Earley, age 56, passed away peacefully on April 4th, 2016 in her home in Salem, Oregon after a brave battle with cancer. Donna was born May 22nd, 1959 in Eugene, Oregon to Martha and Donald Papenfus.
Donna grew up on the family homestead in Pleasant Hill, with her older sister, Deloris and younger brother, Daren. Growing up, Donna loved taking care of the farm animals, hiking, fishing, playing baseball and exploring the nature around her. At age 18, Donna graduated from Pleasant Hill High School as Salutatorian.
At age 28, Donna gave birth to her first child, Brandon Russell Earley in Eugene, Oregon. At this time, Donna was working at the Village Green in Cottage Grove. Shortly after having her son, Donna became a strong believer of Jehovah. Donna was 35 when she had her second child, Briana Rachelle Earley in Eugene, Oregon. During this time, Donna worked in Sales and Marketing at the Valley River Center in Eugene.
In 2006, Donna moved to Salem, Oregon, where she began working for The Salem Convention Center, as director of Sales and Marketing, where she was not only viewed as an exceptional worker, but a dear friend. It is here that Donna made many dear connections with her clients, co-workers and the City of the Salem.
Please join us to Celebrate the Life of Donna Rae Earley on April 16th, 2016 at 2pm in the Santiam Room at the Salem Convention Center. Light refreshments will be served at the event.