Donna Clair (McGovern) Crooke

Born: Thu., Oct. 16, 1930
Died: Thu., Jul. 17, 2014

Celebration of Life

2:00 PM Fri., Jul. 25, 2014
Location: Pendleton Salvation Army Church

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Donna Clair Crooke

Oct. 16, 1930 – July 17, 2014

Donna Clair Crooke – a longtime resident of Pendleton passed away Thursday, July 17, 2014, at her home.  She was 83 years old. 

A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00 PM on Friday, July 25, 2014, at Salvation Army Church in Pendleton.  A potluck luncheon will follow the service, friends are invited to bring a dish to share.  Donna was a first and second mom to many people.  She will be greatly missed.  Sign the condolence book at  Burns Mortuary of Pendleton handled arrangements. 

Donna was born October 16, 1930, in Baker City, Oregon, to Pete and Clair McGovern.  She was raised in Baker and Union where she attended schooling.  She worked in hospitals from the age of ten to fifteen, until she married her husband Bill Crooke.  The couple was married in Baker in 1947.  She came to Pendleton in 1953.  She helped to start a couple of churches and the Pendleton Christian Academy.  Donna was an entrepreneur.  She provided foster care for children in her home for twenty years. In that time she cared for of hundreds of foster kids whom she treated like family, making a lasting impact in their lives.  She then became a CNA and provided care for the elderly for over twenty years.  In her time she had cared for hundreds of elderly people.  She also started adult foster homes to give elders great care and a place that felt like family.  Donna spent almost her entire life caring for others.  She had a big heart and was helping others constantly.  She was a member of the Salvation Army Church where she volunteered with many church activities.  She was a member of the Good News Club.  She also enjoyed going to movies with her son Rosco and spending time with her boyfriend Joe Baker.

Donna is survived by her sons Rosco Crooke and Joey Crooke, grandchildren: Shannon Carrico, Craig & Kathleta Rodriguez, Yvonne & Matt Mascarenas, Pete Crooke, and Ella Rodriguez, great-grandchildren: Lashay, Daniel and Anthony Rodriguez, Matthew Mascarenas and Samantha Soliz, two great-great-grandchildren, her church family and her many friends.  She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Norman Myers and Ford Bonham, her husband Bill Crooke, daughter Kathleen Crooke, son Anthony Crooke and grandson Jack Crooke.


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Kim Warner (Bender)
   Posted Sat July 19, 2014
I'm so sorry to learn of Donna's passing. She and Bill were more helpful to me than they probably ever knew. They were both down to earth, honest, Christian people. I could ask Donna anything, things I wouldn't dream of asking anyone else, and she provided honest answers. Donna and Bill were unafraid to do whatever it took to provide safety to me and my child during a very difficult time in our lives. My sincere condolences to the family.

Jim & Joanne Garrou
   Posted Sat July 19, 2014
Sorry to hear of the passing of Mrs. Crooke. We knew her some years ago and always thought of her as a gracious woman. May God comfort the family in this their time of need.

Martha and Byron Mitchell
   Posted Sun July 20, 2014
Donna you are finally with Bill and your children Tony and Kathleen. I appreciate you taking us into your home, giving us jobs at different times and for giving us the chance to meet (33 years). You were a gracious woman. RIP!

Roscoe and the grandchildren our sympathy reaches out to you all.
God Bless you all during this time of remembrance.

Martha and Byron Mitchell
Navajo, NM

Joan and Bud Peck
   Posted Mon July 21, 2014
We were stunned at the sudden death of our dear friend Donna. It is comforting to know she is in the arms of her Lord Jesus. She was a beautiful Christian lady and leaves a huge hole in so many lives. We pray Jesus comforts you, her family, with the peace that passes understanding.

Joan & Bud Peck

Jodi E.
   Posted Mon July 21, 2014
I manage Oregon Trail Manor, where Donna lived. I was out of town and very saddened at the phone call stating Donna has passed away. Donna is a very sweet, loving Christian lady. We even attended the ladies bible study together several times at Salvation Army. My heart goes out to her family during this time.

Susan Lamb
   Posted Tue July 22, 2014
We will miss Donna tremendously. She was such an inspiraton to us all. A woman of God who showered so many with love. She enjoyed sharing the word of God. As we say at The Salvation Army she has been promoted to glory. Prayers go out to her family.

Cheryl Bonham
   Posted Tue July 22, 2014
I was shocked when I was looking for a close friend's notice and found Aunt Donna's instead. I am so sorry, the past of " should haves and coulds" not being able to visit all this time. It sounds as she had alot more to fill her life than I realized. I am so glad she kept busy with what she loved. Holly Mays is my new caregiver and we didn't realize she was at the same place as Holly's other client and she knew Donna and you Roscoe. Won't be able to go to the service, but my prayers and thoughts will be to all on that day

Mark Simpson
   Posted Thu July 24, 2014

THE COLOR OF MEMORIES TABLE ARRANGEMENT was sent by Mark and Fiona Simpson.

Our deepest condolences to Rosco and the rest of the Crooke family from Mark and Fiona Simpson.

Cathy Cross Hickman
   Posted Sat July 26, 2014
Donna was weaved into my family. My twin sister Jeni Jenson had high regard for Donna. Donna made time in her busy days to go around to my dads home , check on him & make sure he had meals, which allowed him to live in his home longer. While, I did not know Donna very well, I did hear many stories of the kindness she extended to other people. She surely will be missed by many. Deep condolences to her lovely family.

Michelle Mattair
   Posted Sat March 19, 2016
I am so sorry to hear of Donna's passing! I was hoping one day to talk to her again. I first met her in the early 60s, when I was best friends in Heppner with her daughter, Kathleen…whom I'd lost touch with each by the 90s -- I was not able to reconnect with her before her own passing in the mid-2000s. (Fly with wings, my beautiful Kathleen! I love you now and always, my dear friend.) Bill, Anthony, Kathleen - now, Donna. The whole family I knew personally - all gone. RIP to all of you. I hope your children and grandchildren are healthy and happy!

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