Donna Rae Tungate
1933 - 2020
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Donna Rae Tungate

Donna Rae Tungate, age 87, passed away peacefully in her sleep on December 23, 2020 after a lengthy illness. She was born December 20, 1933 in Bayard, Nebraska to James and Lois (McRae) Montgomery. Donna was the next-youngest of five girls.

When Donna was nine years old, they moved to Oregon. Donna grew up in Salem, where she was raised by her "Daddy" (Bob) L.W. Straw, and her mother. Donna wasn't quite through her senior year in high school when she met and fell in love with Richard P. (Dick) Tungate. They eventually married in September of 1958. Donna worked a variety of jobs in her lifetime. At one point in the 1960's, she was working as a maid at the Heathman Hotel in Portland and was shocked and proud to have received a tip from Jimmy Durante for her good work. She later became an aid at Fairview Training Center in Salem, and was a charge aid there when she retired in 1990.

Donna loved road trips with her husband, and after his death in 1990, loved getting together with her sisters for road trips to the coast and across the US. She was the last remaining sister. She was an avid reader, enjoying romance and mystery stories; she enjoyed old western shows and movies, country music and loved her Merle Haggard.

Donna also loved getting together with family for annual reunions, holidays and playing 31, Yahtzee, sometimes bingo, and always Pinochle, although she famously would not let you get a bid if she thought she could make it.

Donna was the family historian; she was the go-to resource for dates anything happened, anyone's name, birthday, how many kids (AND their names). Her memory was legend, and she in fact said she wanted someone to autopsy her brain when she was gone to find out why her memory was so good.

Donna is survived by two children, Richard (Rick) Tungate (Vicki), and Marsheela Madrigal (Eliseo), all of Salem, Oregon; three grandsons, 11 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great granddaughter and many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, four sisters, Gloria, Alvina, Leona and Beverly, husband, Dick, and sons Dickie and Timmy.

No memorial service is planned, but a celebration of life is planned for later, perhaps summer, of 2021. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the American Heart Association. Arrangements by City View Funeral Home.




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Published in The Statesman Journal from Jan. 8 to Jan. 10, 2021.
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