Donna Townsend Passes Away at 65


Donna Lee Townsend of Paterson, Wash. passed away in Paterson on March 13, 2019 at the age of 65.

She was born on Aug. 25, 1953 in San Bernardino, Calif. to Earl and Pat Arnold Smith Wilkins.

Donna moved to Eastern Oregon as a child, attending school in Stanfield and graduating from Pendleton High School. She married Mike Townsend in Pendleton on May 4, 1974. The couple lived in Pendleton and Boardman for several years, eventually moving to Paterson, where they have resided for nearly 40 years.

Donna enjoyed going fishing and hunting with her husband, doing cross stitch and making annual trips to the Oregon coast.

She is survived by her husband of nearly 45 years, Mike; daughter, Melissa Ver Steeg of West Richland; son, Jason Townsend of Paterson; granddaughter, Aliyah Van Steeg; grandson, Silas Townsend; five sisters; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a son, Chris Blakney, and her parents.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at Paterson Memorial Cemetery in Paterson, Wash.


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