Donna Marie Murken
1926 - 2021
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Donna Marie Murken
Donna Marie Murken was born on December 10, 1926 in rural Ogden to Clifford and Marie (Moyer) Zunkel. She died on April 18, 2021 at Eastern Star Home in Boone.
Donna grew up on a farm outside Ogden and graduated from Ogden High School. In 1946 she married LaVerne Murken, and they moved to a farm near Gilbert.
Donna started farming with her father while her brother served in the military during WWII, and continued after her marriage with her husband and his family, She drove tractors, tended livestock, gardened, cooked and canned as well as keeping house. She was a farmer, through and through.
Donna and LaVerne enjoyed gatherings with friends and annual fishing trips to Minnesota and Canada.
In the early 1960s Donna began her retail career with a seasonal job at J.C. Penney's in Ames. She moved on to the Montgomery Ward store, where she worked as Manager of the Ladies' Fashions Department until the store closed in the 1980s. She continued her retail career at the ISU Bookstore and then at Carr Hardware until retiring in 1995. She always worked hard and maintained a positive attitude, regardless of what came her way. She always thought of others first and had a sly sense of humor.
In her later years her family was the joy of her life. She baked their favorite pies whenever they came to visit. She enjoyed watching the great-grandchildren play in the yard while chatting with her grandchildren on the porch. Her favorite pastime was mowing her lawn on her John Deere riding mower.
Donna was preceded in death by her parents, her husband LaVerne, her brother LaVern Zunkel and many good friends. She is survived by daughter Linda Murken and son-in-law James Noland of rural Gilbert; granddaughter Maggie Hoffa and husband Jon of Dallas, Texas; grandson Ben Noland and wife Rachel of rural Gilbert, six great-grandchildren, Dylan Hoffa, Carson Hoffa, Ruth Noland, Emma Noland, Abraham Noland and Henry Noland; and many nieces and nephews.
The family thanks the many physicians and nursing staff who cared for her throughout the years. A special thanks to the staff at Eastern Star Home in Boone for their care and compassion during this difficult year for the residents and their families.
Due to the pandemic, there will not be a visitation. The family will hold a private service at a later date.
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Published in Ames Tribune from Apr. 19 to Apr. 25, 2021.
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