Donna Iverson, 84, passed away at her home in Helena, Thursday, April 21, 2005, of sudden natural causes. Donna was active with her neighbors, companions, children and grandchildren even to the final day before her death.
Donna was born March 20, 1921, in Pipestone, Minn., to parents Al and Nellie Dew. She attended grade and high school in Pipestone, graduating in 1939.
On July 29, 1954, she married Harley Iverson in a traditional wedding ceremony at the Methodist Church in Coleraine, near Grand Rapids, Minn. Harley preceded her in passing on Dec. 26, 1997, nearly six months after their 43rd anniversary.
Donna graduated from the University of Minnesota and spent several years teaching elementary school in Minnesota and Iowa.
In the fall of 1953, Donna began her first full year of teaching at Jefferson "old Jeff" Elementary School in Helena. She was fond of telling the story that on the first day of teacher orientation, she was introduced to Harley; that they became friends immediately; and by the end of the year, had decided that marriage, soon, was right for them. She taught one more year in the Helena system, while Harley remained as a teacher at Helena Junior High (Helena Middle School) for over 30 years.
After the birth of their daughters, Kathryn and Kristyn, and seeing them off to school, Donna spent several years working at the Intermountain Deaconess Home, spending time with teachers, staff, and the youth they all served. During these years she was also active in Campfire and Brownie Scout leadership, and in the activities of St. Paul's United Methodist Church, where she and Harley became adult lifelong members. They also were members of the Helena Retired Teachers Association.
In her early years, Donna enjoyed playing the piano and violin, and her favorite avocation was reading. Quilting, visiting, volunteer for church activities, Sunday school teaching, and "giving up chocolate" were among her lifetime interests. She had a particular fondness for her very close-knit neighbors, and "watching the neighborhood grow up." Her sense of humor, kindness to, and consideration of others will be lifetime echoes and memories of her personality.
The highlight of her later years centered around her children and grandchildren, and she loved following their activities and interests. She enjoyed her many lunch dates with friends, among them her famous "Thursday lunch bunch," a group of ladies who traditionally meet, visit, laugh, share and enjoy life, and meeting with one another. She will be sorely missed by her group of friends and church families.
Donna was preceded in death by her husband, Harley; mother, Nellie; father, Al; father and mother-in-law, Edwin and Alma Iverson and two sisters, Alberta Cleaveland and Betty Posey.
She is survived by her oldest daughter, Kathryn (Rick) Denny, of Wolf Point; granddaughters, Alicia of Helena, and Ashley of Wolf Point; and grandson, Adam of Wolf Point.
Her second daughter, Kristyn (Bob) Allen, lives in Helena and Donna's grandchildren with Kris and Bob are Chad, Carrie, and Zach, all of Helena.
Donna is also survived by brother-in-law, Loren (Dorothy) Iverson of Great Falls; sister-in law, Marilyn (Marvin) Lundberg of Dillon; and brother-in-law, Ron Iverson of Helena.
She is also survived by Montana cousins Mickey (Stan) Senechal of Clancy, Minetta (Jess) Gorman of Ballantine and Mary Jane (Milvern) Barz of Klemme, Iowa, in addition to several nieces and nephews in Alaska, Montana, Minnesota, Washington, Wisconsin, Arizona, Florida and Georgia.
Visitation will be Monday, April 25, from 1 to 8 p.m. at Retz Funeral Home. Funeral services will be Tuesday, April 26, at 1:30 p.m., at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, with burial services following at the Montana State Veterans Cemetery at Fort Harrison. Memorials in Donna's name are suggested to the St. Paul's United Methodist Church Building Fund; 505 Logan, Helena, MT 59601 or to the Intermountain Children's Home; 500 S. Lamborn Helena, MT 59601.
Edwin Harley Iverson
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