Uram, Donna Mae our vibrant and beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away peacefully on July 6th, 2014 with her family by her side. She was 76. |
Donna was preceded in death by the love of her life, Tom Uram, with whom she was married for over 52 years. Their reunion in heaven must have been joyous. She is survived by her four children, Denise (Paul) Derse, Kathy Kimball, Mark (Joan) Uram and Steve Uram; 5 adoring grandchildren, Mike (Lauren) Derse, Elizabeth (Nigel) Crook, Taylor Wampler, Kaitlyn Kimball and Samantha Uram; and 3 great-grandchildren, Liam Crook, Morgan Crook and John Derse. She is also survived by two siblings, sister Darlene Gieser and brother Denny Schmidt.
Born Donna Mae Schmidt in Ceylon, Minnesota on February 13, 1938, she was one of 5 siblings. She graduated from Ceylon High School in 1956, and moved to Minneapolis where she soon met husband Tom. The story goes that before they had met, he told a friend "See that girl over there? I'm going to marry her." Tom's dreams came true and they were married on June 28, 1958. They soon moved to California, where they raised their family and remained for the rest of their lives.
Donna enjoyed her professional career and met several lifelong friends while working in administrative roles at various locales, including Ventura Orthopedic Group, Davis Veterinary School, and Kohl Company in Newport Beach. For the past 30 years, she resided in Corona Del Mar with husband Tom and had a true appreciation for her community. Donna could often be seen taking daily walks along the beach, striking up new friendships at the local coffee shop, and reading a book in the sun.
Donna was a proud breast cancer survivor and met any hurdles in life with grace, determination, and strength. She greatly valued her friendships and will be remembered by both friends and family for her energy, sense of fun, and spunky personality.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggest donations in her honor to either the
or the Hoag Hospital Foundation.
Published in Orange County Register on July 15, 2014