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These past four years have been very hard, but if you knew our mother, you would have known a kind, quiet, gentle woman with enormous strength and the courage to say I've had enough.
Donna Lou 'Duncan' Tregellas
Mar. 7, 1938 - June 13, 2013
Donna was a breast cancer survivor for 14 years and had spent the past 15 months recovering from oral cancer. The complications of all were just too much to bear. She made the decision to stop dialysis and lasted 17 days. With the support and love of her family, hugs, kisses and goodbyes were shared.
A mid-western girl, born to James and Eula Duncan in Fort Scott, Kansas. She was the second born of six siblings, Barb, Donna, Lea, Carol, Jimmy and Eula. Growing up as a farmer's daughter, she preferred to be on a tractor with her dad, rather than in the kitchen with her mom. Loving music all of her life, singing in the choir and, at age 11, on the radio with sisters, Barb and Lea.
Donna played drums in the marching band, was a cheerleader all four years and worked at the local Dairy Queen in Burlingame, Kansas where she graduated from High School with her class of 25 in 1956.
She made her home in Topeka, Kansas, raising three children, Terry, Terrina and Tanna. Donna had three loves in her life, Don, James and Noel. She worked as a dental assistant for 22 years and later in home healthcare for seven years. Donna loved working with people. She could make you feel right at home with the best chicken fried steak and pot roast you have ever had followed by a mouthwatering piece of lemon cake.
After her late husband Noel Tregellas passed away in 2001 she made her home in Arlington, WA to be near her daughter Tanna, (Robert), and grandsons,
Riley and Kramer.
Donna is survived by her daughters, Tanna (Robert) Spears, Terrina Lewis, Sherman Oakes, CA; son, Terry Bartley, Topeka, KS; grandsons, Riley and Kramer Spears, Bellingham, WA; and her beloved dog and companion of 15 years,
She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Eula Duncan; sisters, Eula Goolsby,
Barbara Love and Lea Brueggemann; brother, Jimmy Duncan; and her husband, Noel Tregellas.
Special heartfelt "Thank you's" to Dr. Futran, UWMC Otolaryngology, who gave us more time with her; Nephrologist, Dr. Logar, whose personal care exceeded the "norm"; Puget Sound Kidney Center, Smokey Point, who attended to her every need; and Hospice of Snohomish County who helped us, help her in her final days.
No service at her request.
Arrangements by Funeral Alternatives.
Published in The Herald (Everett) on June 16, 2013