Donna M. Valenzuela, 78, of Dunsmuir died on June 23, 2011. She was born on June 11, 1933 in Montague, California to Newell and Bernice Young.

She and her late husband, Ish, both grew up on Butterfly Avenue in Dunsmuir, eventually married and raised their family there. Donna was proud to be a “lifelong Dunsmuirian,” as she used to laughingly say.

While Donna always said she was a housewife, others in the community knew her as Cub Scout Den Mother, Girl Scout leader, Railroad Daze Parade organizer, and the 2003 Citizen of the Year.

She was also well known for her creative and artistic talent, which she used to decorate the Dunsmuir Parish Hall for special functions, often using Disney characters she had drawn and painted. Most recently Donna became known as the “flower girl” at Rite Aid.

Donna was a devoted member of St. John’s Catholic Church and loved singing in the choir. She also took great personal pleasure in fishing, tying her own flies, and water aerobics. But those who knew her well knew that her real passion was logging, which she called cutting firewood.

Donna is survived by a son, Mark Valenzuela of Dunsmuir; and three daughters, Carol Dooley of Seattle, Washington, Linda Valenzuela of Mount Shasta, California, and Dina Peterson of Sunnyvale, California. She also is survived by six grandchildren, Tracey Bailey, Billy Fox, Tom Valenzuela, Michael Valenzuela, Randy Valenzuela, and Desiree Valenzuela.

For those wishing to honor Donna, a memorial mass will be held at St. John’s at noon on Friday, July 1.

The family is requesting that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Mercy Hospice and St. John’s.