Donna Kohn Brooks , a resident of Mount Shasta, California, passed away peacefully at her home on June 25, 2014. She was 97 years old.

Donna Kohn Brooks , a resident of Mount Shasta, California, passed away peacefully at her home on June 25, 2014. She was 97 years old.

Donna was born in Sisson (Mount Shasta) on May 8, 1917, in the home of her parents, Nick and Flossie Kohn. Donna attended the local schools and graduated from Mount Shasta High School in 1936.

During World War II she met a young soldier, Ralph Brooks, who was stationed at Camp Mott. They were married in 1947, and their daughter Dawn was born in 1949.

Donna was primarily a stay-at-home mother, although she did help out at Windsor’s Drug Store which was owned by her brother “Bud,” who was the pharmacist, and her husband, who ran the fountain side.

While her daughter was growing up, Donna was involved in Girl Scouts and the PTA.

Donna was involved in many different groups, some of which were Siskiyou County Historical Society, Know Your Heirlooms, Mount Shasta Herald Ski School, Community Concert Association, and an election board worker for over 50 years.

She was Grand Marshal of the Fourth of July parade two years; and was chosen Citizen of the Year twice.

In 1981, Donna was the editor of the Siskiyou Pioneer, which was done on the history of Mount Shasta. The book was later used as a source of information by the local third graders for their unit on local history.

Donna was part of a small group who were instrumental in starting the Sisson Museum in Mount Shasta. She served on the board of directors; and headed the annual yard sale for more than 25 years.

Donna loved sharing the history of the town and felt that it was important to keep history alive.

She is survived by her daughter, Dawn (Danny) Dawson; grandchildren, Mindy Heie, Bryan (Shell) Bailey, and Tim (Amy) Dawson; and great-grandchildren: Sierra Heie (Cale Conner), Autumn Heie, Dylan and Chance Bailey, and Kaylee, Aubrey and Emily Dawson.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, July 2 at 2 p.m. at Mt. Shasta Memorial Chapel in Mount Shasta.

Arrangements are in the care of Mt. Shasta Memorial Chapel.