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Donna Lee Paulson

   Donna Lee Paulson "went to be with her Lord" on May 12, 2004, after battling cancer one final time.

   She was born to Harry and Marguerite Taylor on May 2, 1940, in Havre. She attended 21 different elementary schools, six high schools and three colleges. She wasn’t an "Army brat" but rather a "dam brat" as her father worked on dam construction over the North and Southwest.

   She was the first graduate of Page High School in Page, Ariz., in 1958, and was the school secretary during her senior year. Turning down a full scholarship to Northern Arizona University at Flagstaff, she chose to move back to Montana and attend Northern Montana College in Havre. She taught eight grades in a one room school 22 miles south of Chinook at Lloyd, Mont.

   Donna married Jack Paulson in Chinook, on Aug. 12, 1962, and they both graduated from Eastern Montana College of Billings in 1963. They towed a 10 x 55 trailer to Anchorage, Alaska, for their teaching jobs that year. Enduring the tremendous earthquake of 1964, she had her only child, Kelly Jo Paulson, whereupon they moved back to Great Falls to teach. She became a real estate broker to manage their real estate holdings until arriving in Bigfork in 1980.

   Donna has been a Realtor Top Producer for many years with her sales in the last three years topping 22 million dollars. She still found the time to give volunteer service on the MLS Committee and Professional Standards Committee and as a state director, and a director for the NWMAR. Donna was the first president of the Bigfork Area Chamber of Commerce as it was newly formed. She was the leader in moving the building donated by Frank Radice for the first Chamber office.

   She was the Bigfork chair of the Halloween Food Bank, helped for several years with the Realtor highway clean up, worked with the Bigfork Lady Lions to Clothe the Children, and initiated the first Bucks for Ducks community fundraiser. Donna also contributed to many one-time efforts in her community such as painting the bridge across the Swan River, the nature trail between Lake Hills and downtown Bigfork, and helping with the problem of parking in her community. Whenever Donna was asked to help with community or Realtor volunteer services, she would volunteer with joy, exemplifying the Realtor spirit.

   Donna loved her three grandsons, James, Mark, and Jacob Parmenter. She had a great deal of influence and spent a lot of time with her grandsons. She was a kind and gentle grandma, as well as their best friend. She always put the needs of others before herself.

   Donna was preceded in death by her mother Marguerite Taylor and her father Harry Taylor, who both battled cancer also. She was preceded in death by her brother James "Jimmy" Taylor, who died while serving in the Vietnam war. Jimmy is buried in Arlington Cemetery and received the Silver Star as well as many other medals.

   Donna is survived by her husband, Jack Paulson of Bigfork; her daughter Kelly Paulson; her sister, Jean Larsen of Puyallup, Wash.; and grandsons James, Mark, and Jacob Parmenter of Missoula.

   Cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, May 20, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 121 Crestwood Drive, Bigfork. A Celebration of life reception will be held immediately following the service.

   Donations in her name may be sent to Hospice/Home Options 175 Commons Loop Ste. 100, Kalispell, MT 59901 or the Hospice in your community.

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THE MISSOULIAN                                                           Sunday, May 16, 2004

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    Donna Lee Paulson


   BIGFORK - Donna Paulson went to be with her Lord on Wednesday, May 12, 2004, after battling cancer one final time.

   She was born to Harry and Marguerite Taylor on May 2, 1940, in Havre. She attended 21 different elementary schools, six high schools and three colleges. She wasn't an "Army brat" but rather a "dam brat" as her father worked on dam construction over the North and Southwest.
   She was the first graduate of Page High School in Page, Ariz., in 1958, and was the school secretary during her senior year. Turning down a full scholarship to Northern Arizona University at Flagstaff, she chose to move back to Montana and attend Northern Montana College in Havre. She taught eight grades in a one-room school 22 miles south of Chinook in Lloyd, Mont.
Donna married Jack Paulson in Chinook on Aug. 12, 1962, and they both graduated from Eastern Montana College in Billings in 1963. They towed a 10-by-55-foot trailer to Anchorage, Alaska, for their teaching jobs that year.
   Enduring the tremendous earthquake of 1964 she had her only child, Kelly Jo Paulson, whereupon they moved back to Great Falls to teach. She became a real estate broker to manage their real estate holdings until arriving in Bigfork in 1980.
   Donna was a Realtor Top Producer for many years with her sales in the last three years topping $22 million. She still found the time to give volunteer service on the MLS Committee and Professional Standards Committee and as a state director, and a director for the NWMAR.
   Donna was the first president of the Bigfork Area Chamber of Commerce as it was newly formed. She was the leader in moving the building donated by Frank Radice for the first Chamber office. She was the Bigfork chair of the Halloween Food Bank, helped for several years with the Realtor highway cleanup, worked with the Bigfork Lady Lions to Clothe the Children, and initiated the first "Bucks for Ducks" community fund-raiser.
   Donna also contributed to many one-time efforts in her community such as "Painting the Bridge Across the Swan River," the nature trail between Lake Hills and downtown Bigfork, and helping with the problem of parking in her community. Whenever Donna was asked to help with community or Realtor volunteer services, she would volunteer with joy, exemplifying the Realtor spirit.
   She loved her three grandsons, James, Mark, and Jacob Parmenter. She had a great deal of influence and spent a lot of time with her grandsons. She was a kind and gentle grandma, as well as their best friend. She always put the needs of others before herself.
    Donna was preceded in death by her mother Marguerite Taylor and her father Harry Taylor, who both battled cancer also. She was preceded in death by her brother James "Jimmy" Taylor who died while serving in the Vietnam War. Jimmy is buried in Arlington National Cemetery and received the Silver Star as well as many other medals.
   Donna is survived by her husband Jack Paulson of Bigfork, and her daughter, Kelly Paulson, and grandsons James, Mark and Jacob Parmenter of Missoula.
   Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 20, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 121 Crestwood Drive, Bigfork. A celebration of life reception will be held immediately following the service.
   Donations in her name may be sent to Hospice/Home Options, 175 Commons Loop, Suite 100, Kalispell, MT 59901; or the hospice in your community.

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GREAT FALLS TRIBUNE                                       Tuesday, May 18, 2004

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Donna Lee Paulson          

 

   BIGFORK -- Havre native Donna Lee (Taylor) Paulson, 64, of Bigfork, died of cancer Wednesday at her home.    

   Cremation has taken place. Her memorial service is 11 a.m. Thursday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Bigfork. A celebration of life reception will follow service.

    Survivors include her husband, Jack Paulson of Bigfork; her daughter Kelly Paulson; grandsons, James, Mark, and Jacob Parmenter, all of Missoula; and a sister, Jean Larsen of Puyallup, Wash.

    Donna is preceded in death by her mother Marguerite Taylor and her father Harry Taylor who both battled cancer also. She was preceded in death by her brother James "Jimmy" Taylor who died while serving in the Viet Nam war. Jimmy is buried in Arlington Commentary and received the Silver Star as well as many other medals.       

   She was born to Harry and Marguerite Taylor on May 2, 1940, in Havre. She attended 21 different elementary schools, six high schools and three colleges. She wasn't an "Army brat" but rather a "dam brat" as her father worked on dam construction all over the North and Southwest.

    She was the first graduate of Page High School in Page, Ariz., in 1958. and was the school secretary during her senior year. Turning down a full scholarship to Northern Arizona University at Flagstaff, she chose to move back to Montana and attend Northern Montana College in Havre. She taught eight grades in a one-room school 22 miles south of Chinook at Lloyd.

    Donna married Jack Paulson in Chinook on Aug. 12, 1962, and they both graduated from Eastern Montana College of Billings in 1963. They towed a 10 x 55 trailer to Anchorage, Alaska, for their teaching jobs that year. Enduring the tremendous earthquake of 1964, she had her only child, Kelly Jo Paulson, whereupon they moved back to Great Falls to teach. She became a real estate broker to manage their real estate holdings until arriving in Bigfork in 1980.

    Donna has been a REALTOR Top Producer for many years with her sales in the last three years topping $22 million. She still found the time to give volunteer service on the MLS Committee and Professional Standards Committee, and as a state director, and a director for the NWMAR. Donna was the first president of the Bigfork Area Chamber of Commerce, as it was newly formed. She was the leader in moving the building donated by Frank Radice for the first chamber office. She was the Bigfork chair of the Halloween Food Bank, helped for several years with the REALTOR highway cleanup, worked with the Bigfork Lady Lions to Clothe the Children, and initiated the first "Bucks for Ducks" community fundraiser. 

   Donna also contributed to many one-time efforts in her community such as "Painting the Bridge across the Swan River," the nature trail between Lake Hills and downtown Bigfork, and helping with the problem of parking in her community. Whenever Donna was asked to help with community or REALTOR volunteer services, she would volunteer with joy, exemplifying the REALTOR spirit. 

   Donna loved her three grandsons, James, Mark, and Jacob Parmenter. She had a great deal of influence and spent a lot of time with her grandsons. She was a kind and gentle grandma, as well as their best friend. She always put the needs of others before her own.

    Donations in her name may be sent to Hospice/Home Options 175 Commons Loop Ste. 100 Kalispell, MT 59901 or the Hospice in your community.     

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THE BLAINE CO. JOURNAL NEWS-OPINION                  Wednesday, May 19, 2004

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Donna Paulson

  Donna Lee Paulson. 64. went to he with her Lord on May 12. 2004 after battling cancer one final time. Cremation has taken place and a Memorial Serv­ice will he held at 11:00 am. on Thursday. May 20. in the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints located at 121 Crestwood Driver in Bigfork. MT. A Celebration of Life reception will he held immediately follow­ing the service. Donations in Donna’s name may he sent to the Hospice/Home Options at 175 Commons Loop. Ste. 100, Kalispell, MT 59901. or to the Hospice in your community.

   Donna was born to Harry and Marguerite Taylor on May 2, 1940 in Havre. She attended 21 different elementary schools, six high schools and three colleges. She Wasn’t an ‘Army brat” but rather a “dam brat.” as her father worked on dam construction all over the Northwest and South­west.

   When she graduated from Page High School in Page. AZ in 1958. she was the first graduate of the school and even served as the school secretary during her senior year. Turning down a full-ride scholarship to Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Donna chose to move back to Montana and attend Northern Montana College in Havre. Her first teaching assignment was at the Lloyd School south of Chi­nook. There she taught eight grades in a one-room school­house.

   On August 12. 1962. Donna married Jack Paulson in Chi­nook. They both graduated from Eastern Montana College in Billings in 1963 and towed a 10 X55’ trailer to Anchorage. AK where they both taught that year. Enduring the tremendous earthquake of 1964, Donna gave brth to their only child, Kelly Jo They moved back to Great Falls to teach and Donna became a real estate broker and managed their real estate holdings. In 1980 they moved to Bigfork.

   Donna had been a REALTOR Top Producer for many years. with her sales in the last three years topping $22 million. She still found the time to give vol­unteer service to the MLS Com­mittee. Professional Standards Committee, serve as a State Di­rector, and as a Director for the NWMAR. She was the first President of the Bigfork Area Chamber of Commerce and was the leader in moving the building donated by Frank Radice for the first Chamber office. She was the Bigfork chair for thec Halloween Food Bank. helped for several years with the REALTOR Highway clean-up, worked with the Bigfork Lady Lions Ii) Clothe the Children, and initiated the first ‘Bucks For Duck” community fundraiscr. She also contributed to many one-time efforts in her community, such as ‘Painting the bridge across the Swan River. the nature trail between Lake Hills and down­town Bigfork. and helping with the problem of parking in her community. Whenever Donna was asked to help with commu­nity or REALTOR volunteer services, she would volunteer with joy, exemplifying the RE­ALTOR spirit.

   Donna loved her three grand­sons, James. Mark and Jacob Parmenter. She spent a lot of time with them and had a great influence on them. She was a kind and gentle Grandma, as well as their best friend. She always put the needs of others before hcrse If.

   Survivors include her hus­band. Jack Paulson of Bigfork; daughter Kelly Paulson of M issoula; three grandsons; one sister. Jean (Bud) Larsen of Puyallup. WA; three nieces; three nephews; an aunt, Doris (Paul) Hofeldt nt Chinook; and cousins. Karon (Clint) Baertsch of Missoula. Paulette (Mike) Keller and Dale Hofeldt all of Lloyd; Karl Kimball of Missoula; Lisa (John) Murray and Todd Keller all of Billings..

   She was preceded in death by her parents. Marguerite and Harry Taylor who both battled cancer; and a brother. James “Jimmy” Taylor who died while serving in the Viet Nam War (he is buried in the Arlington Cemetery).

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