February 18, 2021, age 80
GOODING—“Spread the joy” was Donna Morton’s favorite saying, and she tried to do so, whether she felt like it or not. Donna Kay Morton was born on February 26, 1941 in Gooding, Idaho. She transitioned from this life on February 18, 2021 at her daughter Misty’s home in Eugene, OR, though Gooding was her home.
Donna was a generous woman who looked for ways to sprinkle others with a little bit of extra goodness. Whether that be through the Nickle Toys program she ran for a decade, to ensure all children received presents for Christmas, to serving on the board of the Idaho School for the Deaf and Blind, paying for strangers’ coffees at Chimney Creek drive-thru in Gooding, to mothering community kids and stray animals alike. She was a giver.
In her younger days she loved ceramics, sewing clothes, playing piano and dancing. While in Oregon, she spent time as a secretary at the Oregon Tax Commission and the Department of Human Resources, and a homemaker. Once she returned to Gooding she worked as a bookkeeper and for the Chamber of Commerce, in addition to many volunteer positions. She loved her hometown and raised money to plant flower boxes all along main street.
Donna loved doves and hummingbirds; she could be found conversing with them daily from her own patio perch, the old, blue smoking chair. She was compassionate, non-judgmental and offered a listening ear to those in need. Morton’s Oasis was known, not only as a place to gather with friends, but a place of immense beauty. Her flower gardens were magazine worthy, and she cared for them like children. Mom loved her treats - daily mochas, cookies, cakes, and she was known for her infamous candy drawer – a favorite among adults, and her grandchildren alike.
When her beloved Duke passed away in 2013, a piece of her went with him. We celebrate not only her life, but her reunion with Dad. She is survived by her beloved pug, Lilly, sons Duke and Lute, daughters Misty, Mira and Satya, and seven grandchildren: Connor, Hana, Dylan, Nile, Marina, Jacob, and Kai.
We look forward to a celebration of her life this summer in Gooding, Idaho.
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