Donna Mae (Arkell) Orton

Born: Thu., May 1, 1930
Died: Fri., Jun. 7, 2013

Graveside Service

3:00 PM Fri., Jun. 14, 2013
Location: Olney Cemetery

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Donna Mae Orton

May 1, 1930 – June7, 2013


Donna Mae Orton – a lifelong resident of Pendleton passed away Friday evening, June 7, 2013, at a local care home.  She was 83 years old. 

Graveside Inurnment will be held Friday, June 14th, 2013, at 3:00 PM at Olney Cemetery in Pendleton.  Send condolences online at  Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements. 

She was born May 1, 1930 in Pendleton, Oregon, to Donald Joseph and Bessie May (Jones) Arkell.  She was raised in Pendleton where she attended schools and graduated from Pendleton High School with the class of 1948.  On September 11, 1949, she married Donald Rollin Orton in Walla Walla, Washington.  The couple made their home in Pendleton.  Donna worked at Farmer’s Insurance until their first child was born, when she became a homemaker.  She also served as Precinct Chairman on the Election Board for many years.  When her children were in school, Donna always volunteered to help with various school activities.  She also served as Cub Scout Leader.  She later enjoyed volunteering her time at the Community Bargain Counter.  She enjoyed gardening, camping and huckleberry picking. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church.

Donna is survived by her husband Donald at the home in Pendleton, son Brad Orton of Pendleton, daughters Chris Gilmore & husband Pat of Anchorage, AK, and Julie Byers & husband Joe of Pendleton, OR, grandchildren: Tom, Brock and Breann Orton, Kelly and Casey Gilmore and Travis and Traci Hyatt and four great-grandchildren.   

She was preceded in death by her parents Dan & Bess Arkell, her sister Dorothy Patrick and daughter-in-law Brandi Orton.   

The family would like to thank all the staff of Suttle Care & Retirement for their compassion and loving care of Donna in her final days.

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Dennis & Melanie Schaeffer
   Posted Thu June 13, 2013
Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time of loss. If there is anything we can do to help you in any way, please let us know.

Carolyn Leonard
   Posted Fri June 14, 2013
My thoughts are with you. Sorry for your loss.

Eleventh Hour Warriors
   Posted Mon June 17, 2013
We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our hearts and prayers.

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