Rose Marie Donahoo

Rose Marie (Walden) Donahoo passed away April 13, 2011. She was born April 22, 1927, to Asa and Exa Walden, in Marietta, Okla. She grew up and went to school in Marietta, finishing high school in Madill, Okla. After graduation she became a legal secretary. She wanted to follow her father's footsteps, who was an attorney, state legislator, and District Judge of Marietta, Okla.

Rose met her future husband, Eugene Donahoo, a telephone lineman for Southwestern Bell Telephone. They were married March 25, 1949, at the First Baptist Church in Madill, Okla. They relocated to Pauls Valley, Okla., and later transferred to Ponca City, Okla. They visited Gene's brother and family in Medford, Ore., and fell in love with Oregon. Gene transferred to Pacific Telephone and Telegraph in Medford in 1953. They both loved to fish the high mountain lakes, rivers, and Pacific Ocean. They spent many days touring with their motor home, and enjoyed many weekends at Shasta Lake. They went on three ocean cruises, and took a month's tour of Europe in 1979, to visit the places Gene served during WWII. Rose and Gene were married 63 years, and enjoyed life to the fullest.

Rose enjoyed her work as a legal secretary. She believed in the word of law, and would debate with the best, right or wrong. She was an avid reader. Rose was active with the Telephone Pioneers. She was a member of St. Mark's Episcopal Church, and was active with Altar Guild. She was instrumental in forming the Rogue Aqua Ski Club at Emigrant Lake. Even though she was handicapped, (R.A.), she enjoyed playing bingo with her friend, Erma.

Rose was preceded in death by her father and mother, Asa and Exa Walden; two sisters, Helen Jay and Alice Jo Massey; and one brother, Jim Walden. She is survived by her husband, Eugene (Gene) Donahoo; one sister, Sue Eppler; and many nieces and nephews.

Internment will be held at a later date at Phoenix Hillcrest Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to St. Mark's Altar Guild or hospice. Gene would like to thank the people at RVMC, Three Fountains Rehabilitation and Hospice for the care she received the last days of her life. Peace be with you.

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