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Donna Lee (Mountain) Cooley


1934 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Donna Lee (Mountain) Cooley Obituary
Donna Lee (Mountain) Cooley peacefully passed away Sunday, January 31st 2016 at the age of 81. Due to Alzheimer's, memory care facilities in the Longmont area were Donna's home for the past three years. She is being remembered as kind and loving with a unique sense of humor.
Donna was born on February 16, 1934 at home in Hyde, Colorado. She was the eleventh of eleven children born to Wray and Dora Mountain. As a young person attending Akron High School, Donna was a very good student and was chosen for Girls State. She was a baton twirler and gave lessons to girls in the Akron community. During and after high school Donna worked as a telephone switch operator. Throughout Donna's life, she worked as a medical records technician at the Akron hospital, EMT for Washington County, homemaker, helped her husband run his TV business. After his death in 1979, she worked twenty some years as a clerk at the Colorado state capital. This job ended when she had a bad automobile accident in 2007 at the age of 73. Donna had a deep love for the Lord; she was very active in her church, Akron Seventh Day Adventist. Donna was a long distance runner, running in the Boulder Bolder every year. Her other interests included serving on the Akron school board and she was deeply involved in the Washington County Republican Party, holding several offices. She loved to go arrowhead hunting and took her children, family and friends along. While out hunting arrowheads, she would tell the children if a snake bites you, do not bite them back. She was a member of the local Rock Hound Club, loved to garden and grew medicinal herbs. She grew organic dandelions in her yard (no weed killer or pesticides on her lawn), so she could eat them or put them in a shake. If you were around her for any length of time, you would be taught how to cook lentils and rice in a thermos. Donna had an extensive button collection, (46 gallon jars holding thousands of buttons), memories from family and friends while visiting Donna, was to help sort the buttons for hours, which are now displayed at the Old Threshers in Yuma.
Her parents, Wray and Dora Mountain, husband Herb Cooley and son Dale Cooley, her ten siblings: brothers - Bert, Walter, Edward, sisters - Marian Davis, Waunita Brown, Helen Pont, Phoebe Black, Elva Dexter, Dorothy Gisi, and Margie Shannon preceded Donna in death.
Her children Dee (Dorcas) Webb of Fort Collins, Donita Pilkington and husband Gregory of Firestone and Douglas of Lafayette, survive Donna. Grandchildren David Sundling of Akron, Eric Sundling of Denver, Laurissa Pilkington of Houston TX, Marcia Brake of Ft. Collins, Rita Schmid of Ft. Collins, Lauren Konet of Wadsworth OH and Wray Cooley of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, several great grandchildren and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
Services were held on Wednesday, February 3rd, in Akron, Colorado, at the Foursquare Church, 901 East First Street, at 2:00 P.M. with a reception following at the Fellowship Hall at the church. Interment was at the Akron Cemetery. Memorials go to the Alzheimer's Foundation.
Published in Akron News-Reporter on Feb. 11, 2016
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