Donna Lee (Johnson) Shade (1948 - 2017)

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Donna Lee Shade (Johnson), age 69, of Anchorage, Alaska, died Sept. 8, 2017 of natural causes at Providence Extended Care.
Donna managed many health challenges in life, yet she maintained a highly-spirited sense of humor, was devoted to raising children and helping others. She liked to put others first by always having a place in her home and heart for those in need. By example she reminded people that love and laughter were often the best medicine. Donna enjoyed fishing on the Kenai River and camping in the Alaska outdoors. She was a talented seamstress, crafty, creative, and her favorite color was pink. She will always be remembered for her resilience and for her generosity.
Donna retired after working as a Certified Dietary Manager for over 20 years at Alaska Regional Hospital. She was well-known by her former colleagues for being strong, organized, reliable, fun-loving, hard-working and a supportive supervisor.
Donna is survived by her son, Jeff Johnson (Joy) of Anchorage; daughter Janice Azzam of Sitka, Alaska; four grandchildren, Justise, Daltin, Wesleyan, Amanda (Davis); two great-grandsons Travis and Isaac; brothers, Mike Rose (Randy), Glenn (Diana), Joe (Janet); sister Corlene Rose (Terry); plus many beloved nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Adeline Rose (Elmer); and brothers Robert and Daryl Rose.
Donna wanted everyone to know that the visits, calls and letters she received were truly appreciated; and she encouraged all to reach out to share loving kindness with residents of nursing facilities. The family is grateful for the caring staff at Providence Extended Care Susitna Cottage. A private memorial will be held at a later date.
Published in Anchorage Daily News from Oct. 15 to Oct. 16, 2017