Donna died peacefully after a long illness, on Friday, Nov. 26, 2010.
She was born in Laurel, Mont., on Jan. 18, 1930. Donna was one of two children born to John and Pearl Moran. She graduated from Laurel High School and attended University of Montana, Missoula. She returned to Laurel, Mont., to work at her family's theater operation where she met and married Victor Arvid Rydberg in 1950. They lived on a small farm south of Billings and helped with the operations of the Motor Vu Theater in Billings. She remarried, in 1955 to Herman Fox.
Donna took great pride in raising her five children as well as the continuation of her career as a bookkeeper at Yellowstone County Nursing Home and ending with retirement from Exxon Refinery. She was an active member of St. Thomas and St. Pius Catholic churches, a member of the Altar Society and was very active in Christian Cursillo. Donna had a great love for the outdoors till the end. She especially enjoyed her many years and involvement with the Girl Scouts of America program in the Billings and surrounding areas. Her hobbies included reading, crocheting, knitting, golf, hiking as well as her many fond memories up at the family cabin on the Stillwater River. She was most fond of the time she shared with her grandchildren and great- grandchildren and the company of her kitty cats.
Donna was very strong in her Catholic faith and looked forward to being with the Lord. She was a charismatic person, and her love and concern for the people around her, served as a fine example. She will be deeply missed by family and friends. The Christmas season was a very special time for Mom she would be tickled to join you in decorating and celebrating the season.
Donna is survived by her five children, Joan Cross of Aurora, Colo., France' Rydberg of Billings, Gary Rydberg of Beehive, Mont., Jim Fox of Huntley, Mont., and Janet Sanchez of Billings. She is also preceded in death by her precious infant daughter, Julie Ann Fox. In addition she is survived by 12 granchildren, Michael (Julie) Cross, Chad Rydberg, Travis Rydberg, Sarah Rydberg, Rachael Rydberg, Taylor Rydberg, Jennifer Ostermiller, Jonathan (Kerri) Rydberg, Anthony Jackson, Shannon Fox, Stephanie Fox, Marissa (Kurt) Jensen, and 12 great grand- children, all whom she loved deeply.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Pearl and John Moran; and her brother, Richard Moran.
A Vigil Service for Donna will be 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 30, at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 1, at St. Pius X Catholic Church. Committal will be at Fort Rockvale Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to St. Pius X Catholic Church or the charity of one's choice.
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