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LaDonna Jean (Bjerke) Hoon

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LaDonna Jean (Bjerke) Hoon was born in Mayville, North Dakota, October 12, 1931. She was the second of seven children of Norwegian parents Dave and Florence Bjerke. In her teens the family moved to The Shady Oak Ranch in Durham, California, where La Donna attended high school.

Upon graduation Donna worked as a secretary, first in San Francisco and then in Seattle. In Seattle she met and married Phil Hoon. In 1952 they moved to Fairbanks, Alaska, and then to Toppenish, Washington in 1963. In Washington they bought a small fruit ranch and LaDonna also worked at the Yakima Herald-Republic newspaper.

The couple lived and worked on the ranch for 40 years and raised four children, Teresa, Gary, Guy, and Christopher and enjoyed 5 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. La Donna loved to travel, was a voracious reader, and was a 40-year member of Toppenish United Methodist Church.

Besides her husband and children, LaDonna is survived by her sisters, Ruth Henderson and Sharrie Wilson of Durham, California; brothers, Vern of Merced, California and Dave Jr. of Vergennes, Illinois. She is preceded in death by her parents; sister, Dolores, and brother, Leon.

Memorial services will be held November 15, 2008 at Valley Hills Funeral Home Chapel in Zillah, Washington at 1:00 pm. Donations may be made to Memorial Home Health Care & Hospice, 1019 S, 40th, Yakima, WA 98908, in lieu of flowers. Condolences may be emailed to the Hoon family at www.valleyhillsfh.com.
Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on Nov. 15, 2008
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