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Donna M. Long

November 17, 1934 - January 25, 2020

Donna M Long

November 17, 1934 – January 25, 2020

Donna Mae “Grandma” Long, 85, of Damascus, Oregon passed away peacefully at home from heart failure on January 25,2020 with her husband Bill and family at her side.

Donna was born in Topeka, Kansas on November 17th, 1934. At a young age her family moved to California. She graduated from Garfield High School in Los Angeles, Ca “1953” that same night as graduation from HS she married Sam Wilks. They had two children Gary and Karen and lived in Portland Or. The marriage ended after 15 years.

Donna was fortunate to meet Bill Long of Portland, Or. They were married November 4th, 1972. They both enjoyed going to the Oregon Coast with friends and family where they had a travel trailer. Together they traveled to Canada, Hawaii and made several trips to Southern California where some of Donna’s family reside.

Donna retired early keeping busy with her 5 grandkids, she enjoyed knitting and crocheting which she taught herself from a how to knit booklet. She made afghans, sweaters, slippers, hats, scarfs and beautiful doilies.  She loved the craft and always had a ton of yarn. She enjoyed reading books watching the Food Network and liked baking cookies. Her cookie jar was always full. She also loved dogs and cats something Donna and Bill shared together. 

Donna was preceded in death by her parents Mildred and Donald Phillips; step father Clyde Connor; beloved cousin Larry Weiner; granddaughter Ashlee Wilks; great grandson Marley M. Lataille and many aunts and uncles.

Survived by husband Bill Long, son Gary, daughter Karen, grandchildren Amber, Alisha, Amanda, Sasha, three great grandchildren and beloved cousin Joyce Rowell along with other cousins in California, Kansas and Florida. She had one very loving grand dog, two great grand dogs and three great grand cats.

No services are planned. In lieu of flowers a memorial donation may be given to the OHSU Casey Eye Institute or the Oregon Humane Society. A special thank you to Season’s Hospice and The Visiting Angels. They were both a true asset in caring for Donna to enable her to stay in her home. Finally thank you to all that have sent condolences it is surely appreciated.


Donna Long Body pict