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Dona Faye Thomas

Dona F. Hall Thomas, 84, of Baker City died October 13, 2011 at Meadowbrook Place.  A graveside memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, October 22 at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Baker City.
Dona was born May 17, 1927 in Baker, Oregon to Chester H. & Bertha C. (Samuelson) Thompson.  She graduated from Baker High School in 1944.  Dona worked many places around Baker including the Empire Theater, the Orphium Theater and the Eltrym Theater.  She also worked at Woolworth’s, First National Bank, The Credit Bureau in Baker, Bend and Pendleton.  She worked for Sam Coon, State Representative and she drove bus for the Baker School District, and later for the Union Labor Hall in Pendleton.
She married Tommy Hall and they had three sons, John, Robert and William.  They divorced and she later married Clare Thomas.  He died in 1992.  Later she met the love of her life, Bill Childers.  They beat a hot path between Pendleton and Baker for many years in order to see each other, until Dona moved back to Baker and they moved in together.
She enjoyed fishing, mushrooming, picking berries, gardening, going to the mountains, and she always had some sort of craft project in progress.  She would never turn down the opportunity to pull a practical joke on someone.
She belonged to the Sweet Adeline’s, a women’s barbershop quartet.  She was very active in the Eagles Auxiliary in Pendleton and Baker, serving as an officer in Pendleton.  She headed the Camper’s Club and the Nevada Club, Baker County Credit Women, The Baker County Possettes through the Baker County Sherriff’s  Posse. She worked on the Oregon Centennial in Baker, making many costumes for the celebration.
She is survived by her loving partner, Bill Childers and his children Vickie Fite & John Childers;  Two sons, Robert Hall and wife Merna of Baker City and William Hall and wife Wanda of Stanfield, OR;  Four grandsons, David Wright of North Powder, Jamie Hall of Pendleton, OR, Toby Hall & wife Nicole of Toronto, Canada, and Ty Hall & wife Tia of Irrigon, OR;  Four granddaughters, Cindy Wright & husband Jim of North Powder, Elizabeth Cook of Stanfield, OR, Wendy Dill & husband Rocky of Lebannon, OR, and Janie Schaaf of Lebannon, OR;  Three nieces, Pattie Hanson and Daralee Nebeker of Baker City and Kathie Carter of Arizona, and by her best friends since childhood, “The last of the Blue-Hairs,”  Bonnie Yeakley, V.J. Davis and Ruth Dibbles.  Along with numerous great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Dona was preceded in death by her parents; A son John Hall and an infant daughter who died at birth; A grandson, Steven Hall; Brother and sister-in-law, Darell and Lee Thompson;  And by a sister, Louise Thompson.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Eagles Scholarship Fund through Coles Tribute Center, 1950 Place Street, Baker City, OR 97814.

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