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Donna Lynn Campbell McLavey obituary

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Donna Lynn McLavey, Wife, Mother, Grandmother and Friend, moved home with Jesus on January 25th, 2019, at 68 years old. Donna is survived by her loving husband of 49 years, Mickey; her daughter, Tammy (Peter) Schneidler; her grandchildren, Claire and Jonathan; her brother, Martin (Margie) Campbell; as well as many nieces and nephews, including Barbara (Garry) Wells, Don (Renee) Campbell, and John Campbell. She was preceded in death by her parents, Aletha and John Campbell, her brothers Bob Campbell and George Campbell, and her sister Katherine Barkdull.

Born in Gooding, Idaho, Donna was the lastborn child of her parents. Her dad doted on his sweet girl until his passing in 1958; her mom loved her for the both of them after that. Donna then moved with her family to the Yakima Valley, graduating from Toppenish High School in 1968. In Toppenish, she met the love of her life, Mickey; the two were married on May 29th, 1969. After that, their lives shifted to the west side of the mountains, where they cut hair, trained horses at Longacres, and raised their daughter.

Donna’s education and life was full of variety. She joined Mickey in Germany when he was posted there, giving birth to Tammy in a German hospital. In 1976, she became a licensed barber with the State of Washington. She cut hair at their Salon in Mount Vernon, and later on the backside of Longacres itself, where she helped Mickey with the horses. In 1988, Donna went to work for Boeing, where she was employed for the next 27 years, earning a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (2003) and an MBA in Technology Management (2007).

Donna loved creativity. She crafted, sewed, quilted, and even became an accomplished oil painter throughout her life. She also loved exploring and trying new things. Whether camping with their trailer, or through books and her book club, or in culinary adventures, Donna loved to try something new. In just the past few months, she and Mickey committed themselves to becoming golfers, taking weekly lessons together. She delighted in her growth, initially hitting the ball 40 yards, to being able to send it 266 yards in her last lesson. (She was most proud of hitting the ball as far as her husband!)

Most of all, Donna loved people. Her life was filled with friends, and she treated those she knew like they were a little bit golden. People who knew her received her kindness and her genuine interest in them and their lives. Her smile would light up the room, but even more so it lit up the faces and hearts of those she loved: colleagues and friends from days past and present, her sisters in Beta Sigma Phi, her cancer center and hospice nurses or the clerk at the grocery store--whomever she encountered. Her friends, her family near and far, and her beloved husband, Mickey--we will all miss her dearly. And we are so grateful to have been loved by her.

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