Donna Marie Hunter
June 17, 1962 (Toledo, Ohio) – February 8, 2020 (Meridian, Idaho)
Donna lived life on her terms. She was born three months prematurely and fought to beat the odds for the low 2 lb 7 oz infant survival rate, always with one digit moving to stay alive. The nurses dressed her in doll clothes, fell in love with her, and cried when she finally reached the target weight of 5 lb, allowing her to go home. Her siblings viewed her curiously from a distance when she came home three months old, and was handled like a china doll. Donna's teachers admired her ability to laugh off teasing and bullying through elementary and high school years. She graduated from Reading High School in Michigan wearing her rose colored glasses and entered a marriage that ended in physical and emotional abuse.
Finding her inner strength, Donna obtained family help and left Michigan to become an Idahoan, where she found her rose glasses and rebuilt her life and self esteem. Donna tried out college to see what they knew and worked as a care giver until her health intervened. Donna was kind and patient and enjoyed sharing tales of outrageous behaviors by geriatric patients. She later worked her way up to an Assistant Manager role at a convenience store. She struggled with medical problems and her life choices were not always the best, but she did not deflect from what she thought she needed. She placed a high value on family and friends, and nurtured a passion for reading and unicorns. Donna enjoyed traveling to Mexico, Hawaii and the Caribbean with friends and relatives. Donna's friends recall that she was dedicated to helping them in whatever they needed, in any way she could.
Throughout her life, Donna fought a good fight but in the end lost the battle of time. She was eternally optimistic and shared her good fortunes with others.
Donna is survived by her two sisters Maryellen Hoffmann (husband Robert) of Emmett, Idaho, Ruth Allison (husband Robert) of Kuna, Idaho; six nieces and nephews Marcus Soto, Lisa Coil, Donald Hunter, Daniel Hunter, Andrew Allison, and Joseph Allison.
She is preceded in death by her parents Donald E. and Marjorie A. Hunter, and brother Danny J. Hunter.
Donna's ashes will be placed alongside her parents and brother in Cloverdale Funeral Cemetery. Donations may be made to Hospice in lieu of flowers.
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