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Donna Marie Johnson Matten
Birth: Jun. 2, 1939
Carlton County
Minnesota, USA
Death: Oct. 18, 1964
Yuma County
Arizona, USA

My mother...

...The only daughter and youngest child of four. Donna grew up in Carlton County, Minnesota on her parents' farm. There, she met her husband.

Donna married Leroy Calvin Matten on September 14, 1957. They had two children in Carlton County; Marilyn Marie and Michael Melvin. They relocated to Yuma, Yuma County, Arizona, where they had their third child, me, Laura Lea.

On October 18, 1964, Donna, and what was to be their fourth child, were killed in an automobile accident. She was only 25, about four months pregnant and was a passenger in a car driven by a drunk driver. Family says that Leroy was never the same after that day; they say he "lost his mind." Leroy took his own life two and a half years after the death of Donna; he was only 31 years old. Donna and Leroy left three children behind:

Marilyn and Mike were raised in Arizona with our maternal grandparents, Melvin Frank and Josepha Helen (Kennebeck) Johnson. I was adopted by a maternal uncle and his wife, Richard Anthony and Lorraine Marie (Kriske) Johnson. I grew up in Wisconsin.


A very special "Thank You" to 2your_rescue for sponsoring the memorial of the lady that gave me life. I can't express in words how much your kindness is appreciated. Thank you.
Family links: 
  Melvin Frank Johnson (1901 - 1976)
  Josepha Helen Kennebeck Johnson (1902 - 1981)
  Leroy Calvin Matten (1936 - 1967)*
  Melvin Frank Johnson (1925 - 2015)*
  Richard Anthony Johnson (1928 - 2009)*
  Donna Marie Johnson Matten (1939 - 1964)
*Calculated relationship
Desert Lawn Memorial Park
Yuma County
Arizona, USA
Created by: Laura (Matten-Johnson) S...
Record added: Dec 11, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 32126347
Donna Marie <i>Johnson</i> Matten
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Donna Marie <i>Johnson</i> Matten
Added by: Laura (Matten-Johnson) Segrin
Donna Marie <i>Johnson</i> Matten
Added by: Laura (Matten-Johnson) Segrin
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- Valenciaღ Asiaღ Angel of Mine💕
 Added: Sep. 4, 2016
Such a beautiful lady with her whole life ahead of her. Heaven is a better place with you there, but you are missed terribly here. Reast in Peace Donna.
- Jim Childers
 Added: Aug. 20, 2016

- Lynne Herbert 💔
 Added: Jul. 31, 2016
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