Donna Jean Elmer, a longtime Wenatchee resident, passed away quietly Thursday, January 13, 2011, at Highline Nursing Home, after a three year battle with dementia at the age of 84. She was a remarkable wife, mother, grandmother and friend, who touched many lives. Donna was born on September 27, 1926, to Felix and Mary Mickelson at Wilson Creek, WA, where they lived until she was three years old. Her family then moved to Entiat, WA, where she attended school, graduating from high school in 1944. Shortly thereafter, she met a handsome auto mechanic named Vernon “Vernie” Elmer, her soul mate for over 50 years. They were married on September 27, 1946. They had one son, Mike, who currently resides in Wenatchee. Mike has two children, Leslie (34) of Seattle and Mathew (32) of Kenmore. These grandchildren were a blessing and important part to Donna and Vernie. They rarely missed any of Leslie and Mathew’s special occasions or athletic events as they were growing up. Donna began working in the Wenatchee area as one of the first employees of Dusty’s In & Out in 1949, and worked there for eight and a half years. She then worked as a checker at Peter Rabbit for two to three years, before moving on to being a bank teller at the National Bank of Commerce/Rainier Bank. She retired from Rainier Bank in 1979. In her early years, she was a member of the American Legion Post 10 Drill Team and the North Central Chevrolet bowling team, both competing in several state competitions, winning more than not. Donna and the girls did manage to have a little fun along the way. Donna had been a very active volunteer over the years, earning the nickname of “Dynamic Donna.” She kept busy with the American Legion Auxiliary and the 40 & 8 Salon (an honorary group) for 50 years. This included serving as President for two years and holding other offices and committee chairmanships. She was responsible for many meals, functions and charitable events that the American Legion hosted. She also volunteered for Our House (cancer care) as a hostess, driving guests to the clinic for treatment and wrote thousands of thank you cards for donations and memorials. Donna assisted cancer patients in any way she could, because cancer had affected some very dear people in her life; her mother, father, brother, husband and goddaughter.
Survivors include her son, Michael Elmer of Wenatchee; two grandchildren, Leslie Elmer of Seattle and Mathew Elmer of Kenmore; and her goddaughters, Karen Knell, Renae Post and Pattie Irish, all of East Wenatchee. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother; husband; and a goddaughter, Jenean Cockrum.
A Memorial Reception will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, January 24, 2011, at the American Legion Post 10, 208 N. Wenatchee Avenue, Wenatchee. Memorial donations may be made to Our House, 1708 Castlerock Avenue, Wenatchee, WA 98801; telephone 509-663-6964. Please express your thoughts and memories on the online guest book at jonesjonesbetts.com. Jones & Jones~Betts Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.