Dona Rae was born Aug. 2, 1933, in Ainsworth, Neb., to William Francis Shanley and Myrtle Marie Gilliland as an only child. The family moved to Wyoming, settling in Pinedale in 1938. She married Murland Martin Morss on June 20, 1952.
Dona passed away June 6 with her granddaughter Robin by her side. She will be missed by her family and friends.
Dona’s life was dedicated to her husband, kids and friends. She worked cows and hayed all day, went home and fixed a fantastic meal and then ran kids, steers and horses to some 4-H program.
Dona was a talented and crafty person. Murl and her kids were always wearing homemade shirts and dresses. There was never a job too big for Dona to tackle. Repairmen would scratch their heads when she handed them a piece of a dishwasher or washing machine and asked for a “new one of these.” Her motto was, “If it’s broke, fix it.” Who had time to wait for a man?
Dona was devoted to her grandchildren. They were treated with a loving but firm hand. Her theory was, “you have to raise your kids for other people to love, too.” Her biggest disappointment was not being physically able to watch any of her three great-grandchildren, but it didn’t stop her devotion to them.
Dona spent many, many years in the Sublette County Cowbells organization, and she worked tirelessly on the brand quilt each year. In 1989, she was awarded the Ranch Woman of the Year Award.
Dona and Murl were avid snowmobilers. More than once, Dona sported some bruise or stitches from hitting something other than snow or going over the top of her machine.
Dona used to help Marilyn in the courtroom. Jurors left having been entertained and educated by Dona – she knew the rules and made sure they were
Dona’s family and friends have lost a very dear friend. For years, she has affectionately been referred to as “Breeze.” She was always there for her friends with a kind hand and a quick wit few could match.
Upon her passing, Murl was waiting for Dona with a good horse and a new saddle to ride off into the sunset.
Dona Rae is survived by her children, Marilyn (Craig) Jensen, Thomas (Ray Ann) Morss and Martin (Donna) Morss; grandchildren, Robin Jensen, Corey (Sawyer) Jensen, Luke (Cassie) Morss, Micki (Tyler) Sluyter and Bo Morss; great-grandchildren, London and Swazyie Jensen and Reese Sluyter; aunts, Dortha Nelson and Anne Marie Klein; and numerous cousins.
Services were held at Murl and Dona’s home with family and friends listening to the gentle rustling of the quakers blowing in the breeze.
Memorials can be made to Kickin’ Cancer.
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