Donna Moore

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Donna Mae Moore
January 28, 1929 - October 25, 2016
Donna Mae Moore, 87, passed away at home from complications of COPD on Oct. 25, 2016. Mom was born in St. Louis, MO on Jan. 28, 1929 to Esmeralda (Tibbetts) and Gordon Barker Bennett. At birth, she was named Marvella Delores Bennett and joined her older brothers and sisters - Walter, Boyd, Margaret, Betty, and Burton.
When mom was a year old, her birth mother, only 29, died of tuberculosis. Unable to care for his six children, they were taken from their father, with the understanding of eventually regaining custody. Gordon worked hard at his job with the Union Pacific Railroad. However, the children had all been placed in orphanages out of state. The greatest heartache of his life, he never regained custody. Mom and some of her siblings were placed in an orphanage in Boise. While there, it was her sister Margaret's responsibility to care for her.
In October of 1931, when mom was two, she was adopted by Mae Belle Mercer of Wilder. She grew up surrounded by love among a large extended family. When adopted, her name was changed to Donna Mae Mercer. Mom grew up on a farm, learning the value of hard work and family. She graduated from Wilder High School in 1948. When mom turned 16, Grandma Mercer helped her search for her biological brothers and sisters. At age 25, she was able to be reunited with all her siblings, except for Walter, who had also died of tuberculosis.
As mom was growing up, her family had fruit orchards and the produce was shipped all over the country. When mom was a teen, she wrote her name and address on one of the prune basket lids. David and Vera Moore of Eureka, Kansas happened to buy that particular basket of prunes, never noticing her name or address on the lid. The lid got tossed into a shed where several years later, it was retrieved to cover the stovepipe hole in the wall. At that time, Grandma Moore noticed a girl's name and address on the lid and encouraged her son Edgar (Eddie), to write to the girl. They corresponded for several years until May 8, 1949, when Edgar Omer Moore and Donna Mae Mercer were wed on the lawn of the country home she grew up in near Wilder. After the wedding, mom and dad moved to Kansas, where they lived for ten years in various small towns. Dad worked as a mechanic and ranch hand. It was there that she gave birth to their three daughters, Janet, Barbara (Barbie) and Debbie. She also was reunited with her biological father, Gordon Bennett.
In 1959, the family moved to Caldwell, where Donna and Eddie raised their three daughters. Mom's passion in life was her family and nothing meant more to her than time spent with them. She delighted in seeing her daughters grow from little girls into young women. Joy filled her life when daughters Barbara and Debbie married and her family grew to include son- in-laws David Curwick and Paul Williams. Grandchildren began coming and there never was a prouder grandma than Donna. Tim, Chris, David, Gina, Melissa, and Jennifer were the light of her life. Four great grandsons later joined the family-Levi, Killian, Cayden, and Arlo. Mom's family was her whole life and there wasn't anything she wasn't willing to do for them. Mom was devoted to her church in Caldwell, Memorial Park Baptist, teaching Sunday School and singing in the choir for many years. She raised her daughters in the church and created a foundation of Christian belief for their lives. This was a challenge for her as her husband Eddie was not a believer. Mom loved crocheting afghans and in her later years, enjoyed sewing plastic canvas creations for family and friends. Mom also liked to read and do word search puzzles. Her husband Eddie died of heart failure in 1993 at the age of 66. His death devastated mom and to her dying day, she would get teary and could hardly speak of him without her voice breaking in grief.
Mom lived in Caldwell until her health declined. In 2002, she moved to Anacortes, WA, where her daughter Debbie, son-in-law Dave, and grandkids, Chris, Gina, and Jennifer lived. After three years, the moist coastal air took its toll on her asthma and COPD. In 2005, she moved to the drier climate of Tucson, AZ, where daughter Barbara, son-in-law Paul, and two of her three grandkids, David and Melissa lived (Tim lived in Washington at the time).
In 2012, Donna moved to Lewiston, Idaho to live out her remaining years in the home of her daughter, Janet.
Donna is survived by her daughter, Janet, of Lewiston, ID; Barbara (Paul) Williams of Tucson, AZ, their children, Tim, David (Angela), Melissa (Brinton) and great grandsons, Levi and Cayden; Debbie Curwick (Dave) of Anacortes, WA, their children Christopher, Gina, Jennifer, and great grandsons, Killian and Arlo.
Special thanks to her friends, Gloria B., Cheryl O., Sherry G., Deborah G., Brenda P., Barb H., Danielle P., Randi O., Pam and Greg D. and the girls at TOPS 798. Another special thank you to Elite Hospice in Clarkston, WA. Their commitment to quality care as well as compassion toward clients and their families was a blessing. You made her feel special and not so lonely. She had a hard life with many challenges on earth, but now her journey is completed; her new life in Heaven is just beginning. She is at rest, and hopefully has found the peace that life so often denied her. We'll always love and miss you, mom.
A graveside service will be held at the Wilder, ID Cemetery on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. Arrangements are with Dakan Funeral Chapel, Caldwell, ID. Because of her love for cats and dogs, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations in mom's name may be sent to your local humane society or animal shelter. Condolences may be shared with the family at

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Published in Idaho Press Tribune on Oct. 28, 2016