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Dona Grace Brown Taylor


Dona Grace Brown Taylor

Dona Grace Brown Taylor departed this life on Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 6:15 p.m. She had celebrated her 82nd birthday. She was born Sept. 16, 1934.

Dona moved with her family to Dallesport in 1949, the year the Columbia River froze over. She and her twin sister Donna, along with her older sister Joy and younger brother Donald, started school in Lyle, graduating there. Dona's older twin brothers, Robert and William, did not attend Lyle school. Dona spent her school year summers working in the Dallesport gardens where she met many of the Japanese gardeners. During her school years she worked helping out in the school cafeteria, sometimes missing her school classes.

On March 27, 1954 Dona married her school sweetheart, a High Prairie farm boy named Douglas Taylor. They celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary March 27, 2016.

Dona is survived by twin sister Donna; sister Joy and brother Robert; her four children, Douglas Jr. of Galesburg, Illinois, John of The Dalles, Nancy of Anchorage, Alaska, and Martin of Goldendale; husband Douglas; and four wonderful grand children Andrew, Benjamin , Matthew, and Tatiana. Her many nephews and nieces were all very special to her.

Dona was very active in the High Prairie community even in her younger years, being a 4-H leader, a Klickitat County Homemakers Treasurer, and going to state meetings; she was elected State Homemaker Treasurer. She was very active in the start of the community support group of our newly-formed fire district. She went on to help with, and was elected to offices of, our local High Prairie Community Council. She helped with many firehouse sales and innumerable other events. Many years before the community here started growing, she welcomed many community meetings in our home, including 4-H, cemetery meetings, and even starting up the fire district meetings. When the house got too small, we had many community meetings in our building that was once a Baptist church.

She enjoyed gardening at home with many friends and getting together with them, making sauerkraut, some of the best dang salsa ever made, canning tomatoes, among other accomplishments. She was loved by her family, friends, and the community. She was a woman on the go and did not wait for others to do something.

She will be very much missed by her family and friends.


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