Donna Luella Roth, age 82, passed away in her home surrounded by her family on November 21st, 2019. Donna was born in Hamilton on February 28, 1937 to parents Sydney & Florence Mann. Donna attended Hamilton High School and graduated in 1955. Donna married Gordon Roth on June 17, 1960 after they met at a teen dance at the Eagles. Donna and Gordon had 3 children, Patricia, Robert and Debra.
After graduating, Mom worked as a telephone operator until phones went to dial up. She was then a stay- at- home Mom while we were young. She worked many odd jobs to help makes ends meet. She babysat for neighbors and friends, worked as a teacher- aid, and worked in the cookshack at Magruder and West Fork Ranger Stations. She made most of our clothes and did a lot of gardening and canning. Mom later went to work for Montana Power. She loved her job and her co-workers who became like a 2nd family to her. During this time Dad became ill and she still managed to work full time and care for him, raise 3 children (never missing a school event or ball game) while also caring for her ailing Mother. We never once heard her complain. Mom just always did what had to be done. That was just Mom. After Dad passed away on October 24, 1982 Mom continued to work for Montana Power and retired when they closed the Hamilton office after 17 years with them.
She enjoyed working in her yard and flower beds, working on latch hook wall hangings and getting together with friends and classmates. She really liked planning and attending class reunions. She spent many memorable afternoons bowling on the local league and received many trophies. After retiring she enjoyed traveling and her annual trip to Las Vegas to see Pattie and Dale and to Arizona to see her brother Ken. Some of her most memorable trips were to Hawaii, Branson and to Alaska to visit Debbie. She was always excited for a road trip to Glendive to visit her sister Nellie and her family. If you asked Mom, she would say the best days of her life were the years we spent at Magruder Ranger Station where Dad worked for the Forest Service. These were great memories for all of us. She also enjoyed our many annual trips back to Magruder each summer to rent the Magruder Rangers Cabin. Mom also cherished her Grandchildren and it gave her great joy to watch them in their sports and other activities just as she had done her own children. Mom especially enjoyed the days of Bobs high school basketball games and followed the “Mighty Midgets” everywhere. Mom genuinely loved and cared for everyone she met. She always had a smile and a big hello for all and was “MOM” to many.
Mom was preceded in death by her Mother and Father, her brother Ken Mann, brother Syd (Mary) Mann and husband Gordon. Also preceding her in death were her Father and Mother in law Margaret and Joseph Roth and Brother in Laws, Joe, George and Pete Roth; and sisters in laws, Helen (Everett Logan, Ann (Frank) Stanford and Louise (Jack) Lamoreux and brother in law Allen Kreiman. She is survived by her Sister Nellie Kreiman residing in Lindsay, daughter Pattie Rennaker in Hamilton, son Robert (Kim) Roth in Stevensville, Grandson Logan Roth of Stevensville and Grandson Braxton Roth who is currently attending college and residing in Japan, daughter Debbie McKinney in Hamilton, Granddaughter Jaela McKinney(Ryan Clark) and her great grandchildren; Taylee Conley and Daysen Clark of Hamilton, Brother in law James (Bonnie)Roth of Hamilton and sister in law Josephine Hellman of Havre and sister in law Evie Roth of Missoula and sister in law Susan Mann in Arizona. She is also survived by many beloved nieces and nephews and cousins.
Our family would like to thank all of those involved in Moms care especially to Marcus Daly Hospice and to Darla Rogers for her tender care. Thank you to her dear friends who visited and called her.
Visitation will be held at Daly- Leach Chapel on Friday, November 29th at 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 with funeral service at 1:00 PM. Burial will follow at Riverview Cemetery in Hamilton. After interment there will be lunch served at Daly-Leach Chapel.
The family suggests any donations be made to Marcus Daly Hospice.
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