Jan. 1, 1970-April 6, 2019
Donna Lynn (Waggoner) Schafer, 49, of Anaconda passed away Saturday morning, April 6, 2019, with her friends and family at her side.
Donna was born to Joyce (Koutsis) Mead and Rick Waggoner on New Year’s Day 1970 in Portland, Oregon. She was part of the graduating class of 1988 at Anaconda High School and went on to serve in the Air Force for three years.
Donna married Dale Schafer June 10th, 1990. This union blessed her with her two eldest daughters, Natasha and Nicole. The relationship Donna had with all three of her daughters was a bond that most people wish for. You could often find Donna talking to at least one of her daughters on the phone because she was their saving grace. Her daughters will be forever grateful to have such a loving mother and best friend. Donna had many joys in life. A few include rummaging at garage sales and gardening. The way Donna’s face lit up when she found a good deal at a sale was something her daughters will always cherish.
Her beautiful flowers bloomed every spring which brought her so much happiness, she had to share with family and friends because that’s the kind of person Donna was. She was such a selfless woman with a heart of gold. Donna liked to go on ATV rides and camp with friends and her loving boyfriend, Lenny Rustad. Donna and Lenny loved spending time together cooking and metal detecting to find the next treasure.
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Donna couldn’t pass up trying to win a game of cribbage against her dearest friend Tondra Swanson or testing their luck at the casino to win their millions. Although these were a few of Donna’s joys, her grandkids were the light of her life. Donna was the best grandma a kid could ask for. She always had a treat for her Cash Tucker and loved his fiery red hair and personality. She spoiled her grandsons rotten and it will be made a point that they always know how much their grandma loved them.
Donna will be remembered as a strong woman and a loving mother/grandmother/partner in life.
She is survived by her three daughters and their families, Natasha Schafer (Dustin Hanson), Nicole Ueland (Dalton Ueland, Cash Ueland, Case Ueland), Jasmine Evans, “Nathan Ray” Nathan Schafer. She is also survived by her loving boyfriend, Lenny Rustad (Cody and Bryson Rustad) and her two brothers, David and Gary Waggoner; mother, Joyce Mead; dear friends, Paul and Tondra Swanson; and the father of her children, Dale Schafer (Laura McGuire).
Donna was preceded in death by her father, Rick Waggoner and grandmother, Lillian Bliele.
There will be no services per Donna's wishes.