Age 83, of Roseburg, Oregon, passed away on Monday, June 30, 2014, due to complications from Alzheimer’s, at her home in Riverview Terrace, Roseburg, Oregon. She was born August 15, 1930, to Kenneth Dunham and Elma Mellor Dunham Cooper in Roseburg, Oregon. Donna spent all of her years in Douglas County, mainly Roseburg. She attended Roseburg schools and Roseburg High School but graduated from Camas Valley High School after her parents moved there in 1947. Donna worked at Pacific Bell after graduation and then married Graciano “Chris” Sabala on October 20, 1951. Chris brought two sons, Ray and Larry, to the marriage, and in 1953 and 1954, Chris and Donna had two other children, Dave and Robin. She and Chris were square dancers at the Buckeroo Barn for several years and members of a long-standing Pinochle club. Donna was very active in the PTA in the ‘60s and her children’s activities throughout their school years. She never missed a game, contest, or event. She was a stay-at-home mom but eventually worked part-time at Viletta’s Arts. She was married to Chris until his passing on September 23, 1987. In 1996, she married Danny McLean until his passing in 1998. She loved attending sporting events, playing in her Pinochle Club of almost 60 years, line dancing, walking with her ladies’ group, and her Tuesday morning coffee group. She was a member of Sweet Adeline’s singing group in the late ‘80’s. At one point, she was a hostess at the Hi-Ho and enjoyed greeting people. She loved to travel with Prime of Life Tour Group and other local travel groups. In the early 1980’s, she and Chris built themselves a cabin in Bandon in which she valued spending time there until her disease made it too difficult. Most of all, she just loved being around family and friends, of which she had many! Donna is preceded in death by her husband, Chris, of 36 years; her parents, Kenny Dunham and Elma Cooper, second husband Danny; and grandson Tom Berglund. She is survived by daughter Robin Sabala Johnson of Winchester; son David Graciano Sabala and wife, Debbie, of Roseburg; son Larry Kim Sabala and wife, Linda, of Medford, OR; son Raymond Lee Sabala and wife, Cheryl, of Troutdale, OR; sister Cheryl Looney and husband, Dave, of Keizer, OR; brother Buck Dunham and wife, Luella, of Culver, OR; brother Bill Dunham and wife, MaryLou, of Brightwood, OR; grandchildren Tony Sabala (Lori), Teesha Barry (Carlos), Shelley Teeter (Wayne), Megan Young (Jeff), Tracy Miller (Eddie), and Jennifer Allen (Gabe); great grandchildren Chris Denny, Joshua Teeter, Dylan Teeter, Caden Young, Collin Young, Ned Miller, Maggie Miller, Audrey Miller, Mikayla Sanguins, and Chase Allen; two grand dogs, Blondie and Abby; sister-in-laws Martha Sabala and Vicky Short; brother-in-law Pete Sabala; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
A funeral service will be held Wednesday, July 9, 2014, at 1:00pm at Westside Christian Church located at 2712 W. Harvard Avenue, Roseburg, Oregon. A reception to celebrate Donna’s life will be held immediately following the service at the Southern Oregon Wine Institute Lang Event Center at UCC, 1140 Umpqua College Road, Roseburg. Private interment will be held within the grounds of Roseburg Memorial Gardens. Donations may be made in her memory to the Boys & Girls Club of the Umpqua Valley, 1144 NE Cedar Street, Roseburg, OR 97470. The family would like to extend our deepest thanks to those that showed so much kindness and helped so much. They are Donna’s doctor and nurse, Charles Hundley and Margaret, Mercy Hospice, and her caregivers Ann, Lil, Marlene, Jan, Robin, Wes, and Melissa; and additionally, two others that had such a profound impact on Donna’s care - her primary caregiver, Corrina White, and best buddy, Carolee Matthews. Wilson’s Chapel of the Roses is in charge of arrangements. Please visit www.wilsonschapeloftherosesfh.com to leave the family fond memories and condolences.