Donna B. Higley


Posted: Wednesday, March 03, 2004

Kenai resident Donna B. Higley died Thursday, Feb. 26, 2004, at Washington State University Medical Center of lung disease. She was 67.

Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, March 5, at The Salvation Army Church, 201 N. Forest Drive in Kenai. A celebration of life will be held in Lebanon, Ore.

Mrs. Higley was born Dec. 30, 1938, in Lebanon, where she resided until moving to Elko, Nev., in the early 1960s. There, she met and married her husband, James, in January 1961. They moved back to Lebanon and lived there until May 1985, when they moved their family to Kenai.

She was a member of the Kenai Moose Lodge, Hospital Auxiliary and morning School Extension group.

Mrs. Higley loved life and living in Alaska. She enjoyed having visitors, traveling, arts and crafts and spending time with her loved ones. Her favorite saying was "Don't take your organs to heaven, heaven knows we need them here." She received a kidney transplant in May 2001.

Mrs. Higley is preceded in death by her husband, James E. Higley; and parents, Robert E. White and Lorraine Waneta (Cox) White.

She is survived by her children, Deborah and Paul Canavan of Kenai, Gary and Merle Higley of Lebanon, and Kimberly and Jason Velie of Kenai; grandchildren, KaShawnda, Mitchell, Michael and Amber; sisters, Janiece Castro and Georgena (Shorty) Elting, both of Lebanon, and Tamara Burt of North Pole; and stepmother, Edna White of Lebanon.

Condolences may be sent to the Higley family at P.O. Box 1213, Kasilof, AK 99610.

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