On October 7, 2017, Donya (Dondi) Renee Adams achieved her lifelong goal to meet her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Born in Roseburg, Oregon, on May 17, 1962, Dondi Crowe spent her first year and a half in Klamath Falls, Oregon. The family, Ray, Zoe, Gaylen and Dondi moved back to Roseburg in 1963, and eventually settled in to an older two bedroom home in west Roseburg. Dondi and Gaylen’s bedroom had pink wood floors, and wallpaper bearing ducks in party hats.
The family enjoyed antique car tours with the Cascade Historical Motor Club in a variety of “old cars,” preferably an open car with a rumble seat.
In early grade school, Dondi began taking piano lessons. She practiced diligently, and soon a vision grew to play for the Lord. When the need arose for a pianist at church, Dondi stepped in, and this became an important part of her life.
As an 11 year old, Dondi knelt at an altar of prayer at Campmeeting in Portland, Oregon, and gave her heart and life to Jesus. From that time on, following Jesus became the desire of her heart.
After graduating from high school at the Nazarene School of Roseburg, Dondi, wanting a fulfilling career, moved to Eugene to attend business college. She worked nights at Winchells Doughnuts on the weekends, and attended classes during the week. Upon receiving her certification, she became a legal secretary for Tom and Randy Garrison, where she worked for several years. It was during these years that a desire to play the harp began to develop. When Dondi decided to accomplish something, she gave it her whole heart. She loved playing the harp.
As a teen, Dondi was very involved with the Apostolic Faith Church, and enjoyed hanging out with other young people. She was soon pursued by a handsome young man, Robert Adams. Before long, Dondi was head-over-heels, and they were married November 15, 1986. After a honeymoon in Maui, the couple settled down in Lookingglass.
On November 8, 1989, Robert and Dondi welcomed Vienna Dawn with great joy into their family. Dondi gave up her career for a higher calling-being a mother.
Amory Rose joined the family on January 18, 1991, and God helped as they worked for the Lord, built a house, and loved on their family.
The family enjoyed traveling, camping, fishing, and being outdoors. After a trip to San Francisco, Dondi asked the girls what their favorite part of the trip had been; their reply? “The gift shop.” The family travelled around the Western United States, visiting the Grand Canyon and San Diego. The girl’s favorite part? The swimming pool.
As their girls grew, Dondi and Robert felt a burden for children who needed Jesus. They would often drive miles out of their way to pick up various nieces and nephews who wanted to go to Sunday School. When the need arose, they opened their hearts, and welcomed two of these children into their home to become a part of their family.
In August of 2007, at 10 weeks old, Payshience, or Tia as she was lovingly called, made the family complete.
Dondi became a tenacious advocate for all three of the children, taking many classes, doing internet research, and spending hours interacting with other foster parents, therapists, or anyone she thought might be able to create a safe, healing environment for the children.
Dondi had such a heart for those around her. She reached out anywhere she saw a need, and did what her hands could find to do. Everyone who knew her was touched in some way by Dondi’s heart for Jesus, which she generously showed by showering love on those around her.
Dondi, Amory and Tia were ushered together into the presence of their Lord on November 7, 2017.
Well done, Thou good and faithful servant….enter thou into the joy of thy Lord. Matthew 25:21