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Obituary - Kathryn J. Donaldson


Last updated 1/7/2016 at 8:20pm

Kathryn J. Donaldson

Kathryn J. Donaldson, 57, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016, at Peace Hospice in Great Falls.

Kathy was born on Nov. 11, 1958, in South Chicago, Illinois, to Don and Shirlee (Lindemulder) Witt. She was raised in Frankfort, Illinois, and attended Lincoln Way High School. After high school, Kathy attended Eastern Illinois University where she earned a bachelor's degree in botany.

While in college, she met John Donaldson, and they married in 1981. The couple moved their family to Havre in 1990. Kathy earned a bachelor's degree in pharmacy in 1996 from the University of Montana. For the past 19 years she worked in pharmacies in Hill and Blaine counties. Most recently, she was employed as a pharmacist at Fort Belknap Indian Health Service Clinic, which she enjoyed immensely.

Kathy enjoyed bird watching, weaving and spending time with her friends and family in Glacier National Park. She loved nature. Her favorite activities included biking and hiking, and she was an avid reader. One of her passions in her field was diabetes research, which she devoted much time and energy to.

Kathy is survived by her beloved husband, John Donaldson; her son, Luke (Stella Phipps) Donaldson; her daughters, Taylor (Brendan Tyler) Donaldson, Alex Donaldson and Katie Donaldson; her two grandchildren, Kylee and Deven Tyler; her parents, Don and Shirlee Witt; her sisters, Ginny Null and Chris (Phil) Couch; several nieces and nephews; her dear friend, Ted "Uncle Ted" Sims; and countless loving endeared friends.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Garret and Nellie Lindemulder and Harry and Florence Witt.

Family received friends from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 6, at Holland & Bonine Funeral Home in Havre. A private family burial will be held, and a celebration of Kathy's life will take place later this year.

Memorial donations in Kathy's name may be made to Peace Hospice of Great Falls, P. O. Box 7008, Great Falls, MT  59406-7008; American Diabetes Association, 112 S. First Avenue, Suite 5 #323, Laurel, MT  59044; or to the charity of the donor's choice.

Please visit Kathy's online memorial page at http://www.hollandbonine.com to leave a message o


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