Donna LaVelle Porter Wyllie passed away December 24, 2020. She was 82. Services will be held on Saturday, January 9, 2021, at 1pm at the Assembly of God Church, 890 East Main Street in John Day, Oregon.
Donna was born October 27, 1938 in Redding, Ca to the parents of Robert L Porter and LaVelle (Porter) Shank. Donna and her younger brother, Robert Porter Jr lived in Fall River Mills, Ca, until 1940 when they moved to Courtrock near Monument, Ore. Both kids attended school in a one-room schoolhouse at Cottonwood. At 16, Donna returned to Fall River Mills to live with her father and graduated school there in 1956. She met Harry Santos and they married in 1958. They had 2 boys, Lindsey and Russell. In 1962, Donna married Laurie Wyllie, who adopted her sons, and added Kelly, his son from a previous marriage, to the mix. Then, together Donna and Laurie had 2 daughters, Lora and Jamie, and one more boy, Layton. They divorced in 1975. Donna moved to Fallon, Nevada in 1987, and returned to Grant County in 2013.
Donna never knew a stranger. She enjoyed life, and worked a broad spectrum of employment, including sales, nursing, retail, dispatch, and building materials. Wherever she was, everyone knew her. She was rich in kindness, charity, and a loyal friend to all. She was an amazing mother and grandmother/great-grandmother, and lived a very full life.
Memorial contributions in her honor can be made to Hope For Paws Animal Rescue through Driskill Memorial Chapel, 241 S. Canyon Blvd., John Day, Oregon 97845.
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