Jul. 18, 1922 Spokane Spokane County Washington, USA
Jun. 14, 2013 Mount Vernon Skagit County Washington, USA
Published in the Skagit Valley Herald, Mount Vernon, Wa June 18, 2013
Donna Ione Smith (Miller), age 90, passed away June 14, 2013 at Skagit Valley Hospital.
She was born in Spokane, WA, July 18, 1922 to Lenora and Don Miller.
The family returned to the Skagit Valley when Donna was age 5 where she completed her schooling, graduating from Burlington Edison High School in 1939. Donna was a descendant on her mother's side of pioneers Franklin Gilkey and Melbourne Watkinson.
Donna joined the US Navy Waves in 1942, after attending basic training in Hunter College in Bronx, NY. She attended YN training in Oklahoma A & M in Stillwater, OK. Upon completion of training, a Coast Guard Officer came on campus and asked them if some of them would like to transfer over to the SPARS to help them get started. She decided it would be something special and agreed to transfer. After the orders were approved, PO Miller was transferred to Coast Guard headquarters Military Morale Division in Washington, DC where she met and married Coast Guard Ensign Robert Smith. When pregnant with their first child, she was honorably discharged and returned to Skagit Valley while Robert was active duty during World War II.
Donna worked for several years as a bookkeeper for Dr. Robert Beherns in Mt. Vernon before moving to the east coast with Robert's job with Bechtel Corporation. They lived several places in the US over the next 20 years before returning to Mt. Vernon for retirement. Due to visual impairment, it was difficult for Donna to socialize in later years, but she enjoyed her computer.
Robert and Donna had four children: Sandra Haggard (Maine), Cheri (Gary) Lenssen, Burlington, WA, Greg Smith, Burlington, WA and Michele (Bill) Musselman, Fredericksburg, VA; Grandchildren, Lea Taylor, Burlington, Kathrine (Ed) Mays, Cosmopolis, WA, Andrew (Rachel) Haggard, Massachusetts, Henry (JeeSun) Haggard, Paris, France, and Sarah (Aaron) Eaton; five great-grandchildren, Cory and Staci Mays, Hugo, Bruno, and Esme Haggard. She leaves behind husband Robert at the family home.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Lenora (Watkinson) and Don; and brother, Glen Miller.
A funeral mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, June 22, 2013 at Saint Mary's Catholic Church, 4001 Saint Mary's Drive, Anacortes, followed by a graveside interment with military honors at Bow Cemetery.
Remembrances may be made in Donna's name to a charity of your choice .
Arrangements are under the direction of Hulbush Funeral Home, Burlington.