Donna Clair (Norris) Gerding slipped away peacefully in her home after a short illness with her daughter Kathryn Shaffer LaFerriere, son-in-law Phil LaFerriere and beloved “Grand-dog” Charlie at her side. She was surrounded by loving family and friends during her illness including; Step-daughter Filicity Gerding-Kennedy, son-in-law John Kennedy, Granddaughter Taylor Fitzerald, Grandsons J.T. and Benjamin Kennedy, great grandson Ryan Buban and a bevy of extraordinary friends.
Donna was preceded in death by her husband Fred Gerding and most recently by her son Bruce Shaffer. She is also survived by her granddaughter Kailey Rose Burrus and great grandson Jaz, sister and brother-in-law Mel and Nancy (Norris) Blackburn, brother and sister-in-law Gary and Pat Shaffer; nephews, Doug, Tony, and Scott Shaffer, David Clawson and niece Wendy Ronning.
Donna was born in Medford, Oregon to Carl and Verna Norris. She moved to Mt. Shasta in 1964 and considered it her true home. She worked at several local businesses including; J&J Clothing, Rocky and Dave’s, The Mt. Shasta Herald, Tassie’s Sales & Service, and Edgewood Custom Interiors.
Donna loved people and she had many friends that meant the world to her. She was blessed to have such deep friendships whether they were new or old; and quite uncannily remembered everyone’s birthdays and anniversaries. Her friends were her family and many of them helped Donna with driving after the loss of her vision, keeping her active and social.
Donna was an absolute believer in Hospice and loved the daffodil program. Hospice served her with love and grace during her last days. The family respectfully requests in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Mercy Medical Hospice program.
The support and encouragement received after the death of her son Bruce and during her illness was immeasurable; for this she and her family are eternally grateful. Donna and her son Bruce were commemorated at an impromptu ceremony on the fourth of July in Mount Shasta. Donna lived life to the fullest, claimed death in her own way and wanted to be remembered as “a good old gal!”