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Donna Crystal Dodo

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Donna Dodo, of New Castle, passed away Saturday, Aug. 13, 2005, in Rifle. She was 100 years old.

Donna was born March 12, 1905, in Bennington, Mich., to Leroy W. and Margret Louise (Lonsberry) Drury. She spent the first 13 years of her life in Bennington.

Donna received her teaching degree in Michigan and taught there for three years. She heard of a teaching job in Colorado and taught for one year at the Dry Hollow School, south of Silt.



She was planning to return to Michigan, but then met and married Ralph Dodo June 12, 1929, in Denver. Ralph and Donna made their home on their ranch in 1932. They had a winter home in California.

She was a memer of the New Castle Reading Club since 1932, a 50-year member of the Holy Cross Cattlewomen, she helped mark the Highland Cemetery, and she was a 4-H leader.



Donna was a very loving mother and grandmother, and had many friends. Her grandchildren have very fond memories of their Grandma. She always told people she had itchy feet and loved to travel, visiting areas of the United States, New Zealand and Mexico. She took a cruise for her 99th birthday.

Survivors include sons Warren (Dorothy Ann) Dodo and Louis (Carol) Dodo, all of New Castle; brother Lauren Drury of Wooster, Ohio; sister Pauline Clayton of Orem, Utah; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and three step-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two sisters and one brother.

A graveside memorial is planned for 11 a.m. Monday, at Highland Cemetery in New Castle. The Rev. Jim Warn, of the Congregational Church of the Valley, will officiate. Following the service, there will be a luncheon at St. John’s Guild Hall in New Castle.

Memorial contributions may be made to Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs.

The Rifle Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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