Donna "Jeanne" Heath
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5/18/1928 - 1/26/2014
Donna "Jeanne" Shuster Heath was born on May 18, 1928 to Eva Verona and Donald Frank Shuster in Willits, California. Donna Jeanne passed away peacefully on January 26, 2014. She was surrounded by a circle of loving family and friends. She spent her early years in Fort Bragg and Willits, graduating from Leggett Valley High School. Donna later moved to Reno where she met and married the love of her life, Dale Earl Heath on February 2, 1963. They celebrated 50 years of marriage this past year. In 1965, they moved to Placer County, settling in Roseville in 1967 for the past 46 years.
Donna loved fashion and worked in Clothing Retail for numerous years; for Hattons in Reno, Avon Cosmetics and Ross in Roseville. She owned a clothing store, Teen Scene, in Roseville from the late 70s to early 80s. Donna had an excellent memory and started her mornings with a daily crossword puzzle. She loved spending time with her family, going to movies, listening to music and shopping for friends and family. She was a fan of sports, having watched and attended numerous Sacramento Kings and San Francisco Giants and 49ers games. Her favorite place to visit was Lake Tahoe where she shared many family vacations throughout the years. She loved animals, especially her cats Princess and Pepper.
She loved, adored and supported her daughter, Kimberlee Dale Heath Miles, who passed away in October 31, 2013 after battling cancer for 3 years. She was also preceded in death by her nephew, Jeffrey Earl Heath in April 2012, her niece, Kathy Shuster in December 2005 and her brother, Donald Glenn Shuster in October 1965
Donna Jeanne was the loving and devoted wife of Dale Earl Heath of Roseville. Loving and caring mother to daughters, Shari Lee Newman (Ken Faria) of Loomis and Kellee Dawn Heath Hearn (James) of Alameda, and son-in-law, Richard Miles of Porterville. Adoring and proud Grandma/Maama to 6 grandchildren, Christian Thomas White (Christina) of Sacramento, Dustin Scott White (Katya) of England, Lynsey Tamsen Jones of Austin, Ashlee Dawn Miles (Josh Markin) of Porterville, Richard Dale Miles of Porterville, and Alexandra Kelsey Hearn of Alameda.
Additional surviving family members, cousins, Charleen Hale (Jack), Bev Moldenhauer, Judy Butie and Linda Micallef, brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Donald and Laurie Heath, and nieces and nephews, Ron, Glenda, Chris, Jill, Mike, Adam and Jason. Donna leaves behind many loving and supportive friends including Wanda Miller, Ligia Popa, Diane Engals, Connie St. Duran and Jennifer Schiessel who were by her side during her recent hospitalization.
Loving wife, generous mother, proud grandmother, dear friend and family member -- Donna was "unforgettable" and will be missed forever.
The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses who cared for Donna with constant compassion during her final days. A special thank you to Dr. David Patella, his wonderful medical care was only exceeded by his great humanity.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Wounded Warriors Project and the Placer County SPCA.
A celebration of Donna's life will take place February 4, 2014 at 10:30 a.m., Centerpoint Church at 515 Sunrise Avenue, Roseville. Internment immediately following service at Newcastle Cemetery.
PRICE FUNERAL CHAPEL
Price Funeral Chapel, Inc.
6335 Sunrise Boulevard Citrus Heights, CA 95610
Published in Gold Country Media Newspapers from Jan. 31 to Mar. 1, 2014