AKKERMAN-INGEBRAND FUNERAL HOME – MORA
Donna B. Gorham, of Mora, passed away on Saturday, September 5, 2015 at the United Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota. She was 86 years old.
A MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 am on on Saturday, October 31, 2015 at the Mora United Methodist Church.
INURNMENT will be in the Oakwood Cemetery in Mora.
Donna Belle Gorham, of Mora, passed away on Saturday, September 5, 2015 at the United Hospital in St. Paul, MN with her sister by her side. She was 86 years old.
Donna Belle Gorham was born in Mora on April 6, 1929, to Frank and Frances (Dibble) Gorham. As a child growing up in Mora, Donna was active in the Mora Methodist Church and participated in many school activities. After graduating from Mora High School, Donna attended Hamline Asbury Nursing School. She began her nursing career in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, as a bedside nurse. From there she moved on to Portland, Oregon, where she specialized in surgical nursing. After her work in Portland, Donna moved to Bethel, Alaska, to work as a nurse for Indian Services. Donna then returned to Minnesota, briefly working in Milaca and then earning her Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Minnesota. Once she had earned her degree, she worked in Greenwich, Connecticut, in the public health sector, before moving on to spend six years working in a U.S. Army hospital in Augsburg, Germany. Donna spent the next 27 years living in Yonkers, New York, while working at Albert Einstein Hospital and Training Center in the Bronx. During her time there, Donna also earned her Master of Science degree at the University of New York. Donna took her nursing responsibilities very seriously and worked tirelessly to give her patients the best possible care during her long nursing career.
Throughout her time away, Donna enjoyed visiting her family back in Mora. She cherished her family immensely. When Donna retired from nursing, she returned to her beloved childhood home in Mora, where she lived with her cats, Mia and Micah. She could often be seen on the grounds of her home, making sure there were no weeds popping up in her immaculate garden or mowing with her riding lawnmower, which were two of her favorite activities. Donna also hosted many dinners throughout the years, where her family and friends were able to enjoy the fruits of her labor, whether it was with fresh produce in the summer or delicious canned goods in the winter.
Donna’s love of her family, friends, and life was palpable whenever you saw her. She most often greeted you with a smile and a hug and would say goodbye with a tear. When she wasn’t at home, she enjoyed traveling, and was thrilled when her family was able to join her. She especially loved her time at Gulf Shores, where the residents enjoyed seeing her wearing her collection of hats and seeing her walking the beach each day. She will be missed by all those blessed enough to have known her.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her brothers, Jack and Bob.
She is survived by her sister Marie (Gary) Babcock of Blaine, several nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.