Donna Rae Maynard passed away Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, at age 78 in San Rafael, Calif. She was born Donna Rae Evans in Long Beach, Calif., to parents Ethelbel and Robert Evans on July 22, 1940. The family soon relocated to Seattle.
Donna was 16 when they moved to Kamiah, where her father owned the Kamiah Dairy with his brother, Bill, and his wife, Carmen Evans. It was in Kamiah, while attending Kamiah High School, that Donna met the love of her life, Glenn Maynard. She was head cheerleader and was on the drama team. She had just turned 17 when they married in July of 1957, and she spent 60 years happily married to Glenn. They were devoted to each other until Glenn passed away 14 months ago. Donna missed him terribly and her health deteriorated.
Glenn and Donna had three children while living in Idaho, all before Donna reached age 21. The young family relocated to Burlington, Wash., and then to Missoula, Mont., where they built a home and owned and operated multiple businesses. Donna worked as a bookkeeper and office manager. Many years later she and Glenn moved back to Idaho and spent more than 35 happy years retired at Slate Creek.
Donna enjoyed working in their vegetable garden and was an expert in the art of canning. Many happy years were spent living at Slate Creek near Glenn’s sister, Georgene Wilkins, Laree Bass and her family and Glenn’s brother, Jim. She loved entertaining family and friends at the outdoor “hippie kitchen” next to the creek. Donna and Glenn traveled to California often to be with her daughter, Terri, and her husband, Tom Cummings, and granddaughter Ginger. They also traveled to Mexico on occasions.
Donna was a happy person who enjoyed life and loved cooking, “getting all duded up,” going on camping and fishing trips and being with her husband and her family. She had a beautiful smile and always had a kind word for everyone.
Donna is survived by daughter, Terri, and son-in-law Tom Cummings, and granddaughters, Ginger Nelson of San Rafael, Calif., and Sabrina Masaraweh and great-grandson Bodie Bagley of Petaluma, Calif. She also is survived by her son, Alan; daughter-in-law Mary and grandson Jared Maynard of Missoula. In addition, she leaves her brothers, Clifford Evans and Steve Evans, and their families, all of Seattle; her sister-in-law, Georgene Wilkins, and her niece, Laree Bass, and her family; nephew Neil Wilkins of Slate Creek; as well as multiple cousins, nieces and nephews located in Washington and Idaho.
She was preceded in death by her late husband, Glenn Maynard of Slate Creek; her daughter, Crystal Nelson, and her grandson, John Schmeichel, of Boise; her brother-in-law, Jim Maynard of Slate Creek; and her parents, Ethelbel and Robert Evans of Seattle.
A celebration of both Donna and Glenn’s lives will be held next spring at the infamous hippie kitchen at Slate Creek.