Donna Mae Woods
1935 - 2020
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Donna Mae Woods

Keizer - Born February 1, 1935 to Maude and Alfred Lane Sr. in Siletz, OR. She attended Siletz Grade School until 1944 when her family moved to Chemawa, OR. She attended Keizer Grade School, Sacred Heart Academy and graduated from Salem High School in 1953. After graduation she attended Capitol Business School for a short time. While attending high school she had a part time job after school and on weekends at Chemawa Store.

In 1954 she was employed by the Department of Army at the ROTC headquarters at Oregon State College in Corvallis, OR. In 1954 she married Warren (Scott) Woods during his tour of active duty in the Marine Corps. In 1956 they moved to Portland, OR and was employed at the Bureau of Land Mgmt. then to a position with the Dept of Air Force at Portland Air Base. In 1959 they moved back to Chemawa Indian School where she was Postmaster and her husband took over the store business. In 1964 they moved to San Diego, CA where her husband went into business and she was employed by the Dept. of the Navy and Naval Station, San Diego, CA. During this time, she volunteered to work as secretary for the CCO program at St. Michaels Catholic Church on Saturday mornings. After 32 years of federal service she retired in 1990. In 1992 she back to work at Southern Indian Health Council in Alpine, CA. In 2000 they moved back to Oregon. In 2001 she worked part time for the Siletz Head Start in Salem. In 2004 they moved to Otis, OR. In 2008 she was employed by the Siletz Tribal Business Corp. in Lincoln City. Permanently retiring in 2014.

She was devoted to her family and loved family gatherings, attending tribal events, especially POW WOW's where she always wore her regalia, she kept busy working on crafts and line dancing. She was a member of St. Edwards Catholic Church since moving to Keizer in 2018.

Preceding her in death was her husband of 61 yrs. Warren (Scott) Woods. Her brothers: Joe Lane Sr, William Lane Sr and Arthur Lane Sr. Her sisters: Gladys Bolton and Rosalie Bremner. She leaves daughters Cindy (Carl) Jackson, Rachenda (Hector) Reynosa; grandchildren: Janera (Daniel) Healy, Jeremy (Beth) Hill, Jenna (Angela) Devenberg, Joshua Devenberg; great grandchildren: Aidan, Sam, Madison Healy, Sierra and Liam Hill, Thalia and Xavier Devenberg; sister: Dee Pigsley of Salem; brother Alfred Lane Sr of National City, CA and many nieces and nephews. Arrangements are by Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.

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Published in The Statesman Journal on Nov. 18, 2020.
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November 20, 2020
the best aunt in the whole world.i stayed with for couple months while she was going to collage out of town .because warren was in the service and she didn't want to be alone also when I worked on the farm at Chemawa she would always make sure I had a good lunch. I also worked at the Indian school store with her warren ,jojo and dee weall had a good times. after work some times her and warren would take us upstairs for for a glass of wine and some of warrens music.then Cindy would be sent to her room.because they weren't the kind records for kids.she called me billy my whole life and I always thought it was special.i loved her very much'.shhe will always be in my thoughts and in my heart
I will always remember laugh and her smile.inffact when I woke up from second cancer surgery in the hospital she was right there smiling at me.and if by chance I do make it tc ooheaven I pray that she is the first one I see with that beautiful smile and laugh. BILLY HUDSON nephew
bill hudson
November 19, 2020
Whoever wrote the obituary, well done!! It told her story and made me cry. Praying for everyone. Donna was a true blessing and will be missed. I had the privilege of knowing her in my adult life. She was always smiling. She was a true warrior. Thank you for the memories. Fly high!
Love Tonya
November 18, 2020
You taught me so many things in life. You were always there for me no matter what. When I felt defeated you would always encourage me and your strength inspired me. You were the best mom, grandma and great grandma. I hope I can follow in your footsteps. You have touched the lives of so many people and you are loved by all. I can’t imagine life without you. I love you
November 18, 2020
Thank you all for sharing her with us.
Chrystal Parsons (Boyd)
November 18, 2020
I love you auntie and I am going to miss you dearly.
Jose Dominguez
November 17, 2020
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Isabel Dominguez
November 17, 2020
Mom how many times in my life were you lighting candles for me? Now it's time for me to light a candle for in paradise.....I you!
Cindy Jackson
November 17, 2020
Mom you are the kindest and most loving person I've ever known. I miss you so much and you with all my heart.
Cindy Jackson
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