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Donna Young, 83

May 18, 2012

Donna Lee Young, 83, passed away peacefully and painlessly April 28, 2012, at Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno, Nev., after a five month struggle with bone cancer and a brain tumor. A resident of Fallon, Nev., for the past 12 years, she recently celebrated 62 years of marriage with her husband, Wilbur M. Young, USN Retired.
Donna is survived by her husband; two sons; her sister, and an abundance of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, friends all around the world and her little dog, Mila. She was loved by many and will be dearly missed by all.
Donna Lee Worth was born Sept. 24, 1928, in Merna, to Fred and Twila Worth, plumber and homemaker respectively. Her grandfather was Porter Worth of Porter Worth & Sons, whose water pumps can occasionally still be found around Custer County to this day.
After graduating high school in 1946 in Loup City, her family moved to San Francisco. While working for Ingersoll-Rand Corporation, she met her husband and the two were married March 11, 1950. Two years ago, her youngest son organized their 60th anniversary celebration that brought together family and long-time friends from all around the country.
She later worked for and retired from Rohr Corporation in southern California, best known for building the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system. After retiring in 1988, the Youngs moved to Westwood, Calif., where they resided for 12 years. Then, in 2000, after growing tired of the harsh northern California winters, they settled in Fallon.
Recently, Donna became a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and her application to the Society of Mayflower Descendants is currently awaiting final approval. Unfortunately, her membership in the latter organization will be posthumous.
During her lifetime, Donna was involved in many activities and interests. An avid gardener, she was proud of her flowers, especially her roses. She was a semi-pro bowler for many years and garnered countless awards. At various times, she enjoyed golf, tennis, tai chi, Japanese dancing, computers and playing cribbage, among other things.
She was a frequent moviegoer and a fan of actresses Meryl Streep, Gena Rowlands and Angelina Jolie. Most of all, though, she loved music and amassed a huge CD collection that included her favorite artists and singing groups, including Natalie Merchant, Carly Simon, Leonard Cohen and ABBA.
No funeral is planned, but her family is holding a “celebration of life” memorial in June that will be open to all family, friends and acquaintances who wish to attend. Donna asked that in lieu of flowers or gifts, donations be made in her name to the XL Hospice in Fallon, the Churchill County (NV) Arts Council or the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), the latter of which she started supporting after adopting a severely abused dog that was in need of a loving home, which she, her husband and son happily provided.

Published in Custer County Chief May 17, 2012

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