Donna Horn

Donna Lee Horn

Longtime area school teacher Donna Lee Horn died peacefully in Daly City Aug. 4 with her sisters Jean and Barbara at her side. She was laid to rest Aug. 9 in River View Cemetery in Portland, OR, next to her parents.

Born in Portland in 1941, Donna moved to San Francisco in 1968 and taught social studies for the SF Unified Public School District for 25 years. She had a master's in SE Asian Studies from Indiana University and was one of the first Peace Corps volunteers in the Philippines.

During the mid 60s, Donna also worked for the Library of Congress. She campaigned for Sen. Eugene McCarthy in '68 and was a steadfast supporter of environmental causes and her union.

We knew and loved Donna for her forthright opinions, wonderful sense of fun and humor, and generosity and dedication to others. She was a lifelong blood donor, Oregon Ducks and 49ers fan, hole-in-one golfer, world traveler, political and sports junky, dog and family caretaker, and devoted aunt to her niece and nephew, whom she delighted with streams of unexpected gifts and jaunts out for shakes and hot dogs.

She also cared deeply for her friends at Elles Care Home and liked nothing more than to order them pizza or chocolates.

As Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote, "To share often and know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded." Clearly, our beloved aunt, friend, and sister Donna did, and we'll cherish her in our hearts forever.

Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Sept. 1, 2013