Memorial service for Donna Tanner will be at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012, at Faith Community Church in Gillette, Wyo., with Pastor Mark Largent officiating. Burial to follow at Mount Pisgah Cemetery.
Donna Belle Tanner, 87, of Gillette, passed away peacefully at Pioneer Manor on Nov. 15, 2012. She was born on Oct. 27, 1925, in Moorcroft, Wyo., to Frank and Della Stewart.
Donna attended Rozet High School and grew up on a ranch outside of Rozet. She was very involved in 4-H and loved horses.
After graduation, Donna stayed close to home. During World War II, she taught country school on the Barlow Ranch and enjoyed teaching children. Throughout her life she had various careers all in the Gillette area, although being a rancher was her passion.
Donna and her late husband, Dutch Tanner, shared their love of ranching together on the American Ranch, where their grandchildren shared some of their fondest memories. Their love for paint horses led into a life-long hobby.
Donna thoroughly enjoyed life and spending time with her family! Her brother and three sisters always held a very special place in her heart. She graciously opened her home to many family gatherings, from Christmas celebrations to weddings. She was a wonderful host and cook; there was never an empty plate.
She never lost her zest for life or her love for dancing and country music. Her generosity touched the lives of many!
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Dutch Tanner, her sister, Marlys Peterson, her brother, Rex Stewart, her sister, Doris Carlson, her sister, Beryl Stewart, and her son, Jeffrey L. Johnson.
Donna is survived by her daughter, Sheri Koenig of Gillette and son, Robert Johnson, also of Gillette; her six grandchildren, Troy Eskew, Amy Rankl, Chad Eskew, Jeffrey Johnson, Meagan Jeffery and Nicholas Eskew; and 15 great-grandchildren, Breck and Cobi Eskew, Matt and Nicole Wilfong, Emily and Anna Rankl, Savannah, John and Ellie Jeffery, Maddie Eskew, Grady, Maelynn and Grayson Johnson, Cydney & Layna Eskew; and many loved nieces and nephews.
The ground is all even at the foot of the cross. There is no rich or poor, just a lot of folks needing the grace, of The Lord Jesus. We all need a savior.
Memorials will be used by the family to do something special for Donna Belle’s local care givers. Memorials and condolences may be sent in Donna’s name to Walker Funeral Home 410 Medical Arts Court, Gillette, WY 82716. Condolences also may be sent via the website at www.walkerfuneralgillette.com.