Donna Mansell (1932 - 2015)

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Donna E Mansell
February 24, 1932 - January 31, 2015
Donna E. Mansell, 82, of Boise, passed Saturday, January 31, 2015 at a local hospital. She was born February 24, 1932 in Mankato, KS the daughter of Ryland and Opal Schuster. She lived in Kansas until the passing of her father, shortly after the family moved to Idaho in 1938. Her mother remarried in 1940 to Elbert Harvey and the family over the years lived in various towns in Oregon and Idaho, finally settling in Middleton, ID. Donna, along with 33 other students, graduated from Middleton High, Class of 1950.
In 1956 she married Melvin Mansell, also adding two stepchildren to her family, Neil and Marylin. Donna and Melvin had three children, Randall, Victoria, and Jamilyn. Through the years Donna kept busy working and volunteering her time. Most notably she worked at the Boisean Motel for over 20 years starting as a housekeeper and working up to manager. While there she made many friends of frequent hotel guests, hosting congressmen, long haul truck drivers and the Boise Hawks just to name a few. After leaving the Boisean she worked for a short time at Micron Technology in food services and then found a home at Ada County as a Records Clerk for 18 years until her retirement in 2010.
Donna has always been quite the cook, serving her much talked about deviled eggs, chocolate cake with peanut butter frosting, and just about anything else you can imagine to guests and at potlucks and holidays. Everyone was always welcome at her holiday gatherings and even if you were a stranger you were treated like family. She was involved in civic activities throughout her life, donating time and money to many charities and helping at functions for family and friends. She was in the Order of the Pythian Sister at Idaho Table Rock Temple #8 for many years. She was special to so many people and in constant contact with over 250 friends and family members throughout the country.
Donna is survived by her brother and his wife Doyle and Carolyn Schuster, her children Randall Mansell, Victoria Fuentes, and Jamilyn Mansell; her stepson Neil Mansell; her grandchildren Amanda, Angela, Edward, Erica, Melinda, Michael, Michelle, Randall "Scott," Sequoyah, Timothy, and Tommie; and numerous great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, aunts, cousins, extended family, and dear friends. She was preceded in death by her father Ryland Schuster, stepfather Elbert Harvey, mother Opal Harvey, husband Melvin Mansell, and her stepdaughter Marylin Fite.
Donna was cremated at Boise Funeral Home and will be inurned in the Middleton Cemetery at a later date. Informal memorial services will be held at the Red Rock Church in Boise on Saturday February 28 at 2pm. If you plan on attending services please RSVP to 208-938-9009 or [email protected]

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Published in Idaho Press Tribune on Feb. 8, 2015