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Donna Dee Tate
November 7, 1934 – January 18, 2021

Sublimity – Donna, 86, passed away surrounded by family. She was born in Salem on November 7, 1934 to Dorsey and Aimee Gray. Donna lived in Los Angeles and then moved to the Marion/Jefferson area graduating Cascade High School in 1952. After receiving her associate’s degree from OSU, she became a floral designer for Stayton Flowers for 40 years and was a very artistic lady. In college she was in the Delta-Zeta Sorority.

She married Thomas Tate in Kelso, WA on June 24, 1955 and together they raised 4 children on the family farm, where they lived for 65 years. Donna had a love for gardening and this became her passion in life. She was a member of the Capital Arrangers Guild, and served as judge and chairman of the Willamette Christmas Green Show. Donna was very involved in her community serving as a 4-H leader teaching sewing, and being a member of the Union Hill Women’s Club and Grange. She designed and hand made a popular line of cat themed Christmas ornaments she sold online and at many handcraft shows. She always kept her hands busy. Her other hobbies included her love for crafting, quilting and antique restoration.

Donna was preceded in death by her parents: Dorsey and Aimee Gray; and her brother Warren Gray. She is survived by her husband: Thomas of Sublimity; children: David Tate of Sublimity; Diane Tate of Portland; Marylou (Darren) Alderman of Salem; Susan (Mike) Basl of Stayton: sister-in-law: Jan Gray of Silverton; her grandchildren: Dana McNurlin, Logan Mallorie, Rebekah Mallorie, A.J. Benya and Trevor Benya and great-grandchildren: Reed McNurlin and Keira McNurlin.

Services will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers please donate to Willamette Valley Hospice for their excellent care. Serving the family, North Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.


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