There was a celebration in heaven when Donna Lee Hobbs passed from this earth on Friday, August 11, 2017. Donna was born in Burlington on May 28, 1925, to Ernest and Mabel (Goebel) Rathbun. Her parents, sisters Wanda and Twila, and her brother Elden lived on the eastern plains until the Dust Bowl forced them to relocate to the Greeley/Evans area in 1934. Donna attended elementary school in Evans and graduated from College High in 1943.
She raised her family in Greeley with her husband Dairl. In 1967, they moved to California, where she lived for 12 years in Arroyo Grande, and then she moved to Colorado Springs where she would live for 12 more years. In 1994, she returned to Greeley – her home town.
Donna worked in a variety of career fields over the span of her lifetime. As a youngster she helped on the family farm thinning beets. She was a potato chip factory worker, a waitress, a cook and nanny for the Farr family, and at school lunch at Greeley Central High School. She was a thrift shop manager that benefited a Christian school in California, a city hostess, a sales associate at a clothing boutique, and did market research. She volunteered at the Evans Senior Center, served on the board of the Evans Museum, and she played in the Evans Rhythm Band. She was baptized in 1999, and was a member of His Place Christian Church.
Donna’s passion was her family – her children and grandchildren. She was highly creative, funny, a great talker, a sweet lady and everyone’s grandma. She loved country music, singing, dancing, and playing the organ. She loved taking photographs to detail all of her life’s events. She enjoyed spending many hours looking at old photos and reminiscing.
Donna is survived by her sister, Twila (Robert) Beverlin of Phoenix; daughter, Geraldine Walters of Abilene, TX, daughters, Sharon Winter and Peggy (Tom) Pantoja of Evans; granddaughters, Darla Elvington (Coleman Sterling) of Abilene, TX, Laura Stening (Rob) of Evans; and grandson, Thomas Pantoja of Colorado Springs, as well as three great granddaughters, Amber, Kaylee, and Carlee Pitcher. She is also survived by her much loved neighbors, Alvin and Carmen Padilla.
Donna was preceeded in death by her parents; her sister, Wanda Gardner; her brother, Elden Rathbun; her husband, Dairl Hobbs; her beloved son, Stephen Winter; her stepson, Gary Hobbs and his family, and numerous aunts; uncles; cousins; nieces; nephews; and great friends.
A celebration of her life will be Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 10:30 am at Adamson. Visitation will be held at 9:30 am prior to the service. Well done good and faithful servant for a life well lived.
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