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Donna Lee Michaels

July 30, 1931 - March 11, 2017


Donna Lee Michaels, 85, passed away peacefully on March 11, 2017 in Salem, OR with her family by her side.
The youngest of five children, Donna was born in California to Ernest and Olive Bruce. At the age of three, the family moved to Jefferson OR, then Salem OR, where she later met and married Jack Michaels on August 22, 1952, enjoying 64 years together.
Donna worked at the Marion Hotel, and then - The Statesman Journal newspaper, in the circulation department, retiring in 1989.
She enjoyed outdoor activities, including boating and camping at their Three Rivers property at Lake Billy Chinook. She also enjoyed gardening, reading and attending car shows with their 1968 Ford Torino, but most of all she enjoyed spending time with family.
Always putting others first, Donna was compassionate, caring and always there to help. Despite her petite size, she was a fighter with determination and had a way with words. She will truly be missed, but never forgotten, especially her contagious laugh.
Donna is survived by her husband Jack, daughter Darla Biasi, son Larry Michaels Nancy, grandsons Tony Biasi and Kevin Michaels, great-grandson Vance Biasi and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and four siblings.
Please join us for a gathering of family and friends to celebrate her life on Monday March 27, 2017, anytime between 2 and 4pm, at Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service. No Service to follow.

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