Donna Lee (Priest) Roe

January 20, 1930 ~ February 5, 2024 (age 94) 94 Years Old

Donna Roe Obituary

     Donna Lee (Priest) Roe peacefully passed away on February 5, 2024, at the age of 94.

     The daughter of Eli and Merna Priest, Donna was born on January 20, 1930, in Twin Falls, Idaho. The oldest of four siblings, Donna spent her early years in Filer, Idaho, until the family moved to Twin Falls, Idaho in 1939. At age 16 Donna began working after school and on the weekends at the Artistic Floral Shop where her lifelong love of arranging fresh and artificial flowers began.

     Then one day at a USO dance, she met her future husband, Joseph (“Joe”) Albert Roe Jr and their love affair of over 50 years began. Donna and Joe were married on December 18, 1947, in Elko, Nevada. Young and adventurous, they headed off to Corona, California for a honeymoon and ended up briefly staying before returning to Twin Falls, Idaho in May 1948, where Donna and Joe began their family, and their two daughters were born. In August 1955, the family moved to Wendell, Idaho, where Donna and Joe had four sons and their family grew from 4 to 8.

     A true homemaker, Donna dedicated her life to her family. Actively involved in her children’s schooling and extracurricular activities, Donna was a Girl Scout, Cub Scout, and 4-H leader, and held various PTA positions. In 1962 she was one of three PTA members who organized and started the first kindergarten in Wendell, Idaho.

     Throughout her life her home was always a hive of activity, full of laughter, even after her children grew up and left the house. As a grandmother she warmly welcomed her grandchildren into her home, particularly in the summer when it often turned into an unofficial summer camp. She enjoyed sewing for her grandchildren, attending their various sporting events (football, basketball, volleyball, soccer, baseball, softball, wrestling) and high school and college graduations, and even volunteering at their school to help with reading, grading school papers, etc.

     As a family the Roe’s had a passion for horses and rodeo, and Donna was the biggest cheerleader. Over the course of six+ decades Donna attended hundreds, if not thousands of rodeos. Cheering on her sons as they competed in high school and college competitions. Well into her 90s she enjoyed watching her grandchildren and great-grandchildren carrying on the tradition as they participated in their own rodeos.

     When she was not caring for her large family, as the wife of a World War II war veteran, Donna was an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary for decades and ultimately served as the Chaplin of her local chapter for several years.

     Donna will be remembered by her family and friends as someone you can count on to always be willing to help and never said “no.” Donna was truly the ultimate spectator who supported everyone.

     Donna is survived by her six children and their respective spouses, Peggy Beitia (John) of Eagle, ID, Sherry Craig of Gooding, ID, Jay T. Roe of Wendell, ID, Pat Roe of Wendell, ID, Phil Roe (Jeanette) of Filer, ID, and Joe A. Roe of Buhl, ID; sister Arlene Lincoln (Stuart) of Caldwell, ID; 13 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren and 5 great, great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents Eli and Merna Priest, husband Joseph A. Roe, brother Jim Priest, sister Flo Rorich and granddaughter Kasie Becker.

     The family would like to extend their gratitude and thanks to the staff at Stonebridge Assisted Living in Hagerman, Idaho and the Auburn Crest Hospice team for all of the love, care and kindness they extended to Donna.

     A celebration of life will be held Saturday 9th March 2024 at 11:00 am at the New Life Church in Wendell, Idaho. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice.

     Cremation arrangements are under the care and direction of Demaray Funeral Service – Wendell Chapel.

























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Celebration of Life
March 9, 2024

11:00 AM
New Life Community Church
800 W. Main St.
Wendell, Idaho 83355
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