LAS VEGAS — Donna (Whitt) Hetland, 78, a Las Vegas resident for 48 years, passed Nov. 24, 2009.
Born in Pasco, Wash., she grew up in Billings, graduating from Billings High in 1949. Upon moving to Las Vegas, she was very active in the community and touched many lives. She joined the B.P.O. Does #34 (Boulder City) in 1965 and served as National Supreme President in 1989-90. She chaired many committees on a local and national level and remained active until her passing. She was also a member of Eastern Star (1966-1982) and The Daughters of the Nile (1982-2009) and has been a Mary Kay Beauty Consultant for over 20 years.
Past accomplishments include chartering the Silver Key Toastmistress Club in 1980 (she was most proud of her third place award at the 1985 Regional Competition speech, “Fulfillment — Working Toward Leisure,” in which she reminds us all to enjoy life). Always active, she volunteered for Girl Scouts (1960s-1970s) in leadership and council roles, receiving The Service Award in 1967; the Literacy Council, helping at-risk students with reading; PTA and a Teachers Aide; and was Contributing Editor for the Valley Times (1972-1973). Her goal was to make a positive impact in other peoples lives with a smile. She will be missed by all who knew her.
Donna is survived by her husband of 60 years, Myron; children, Linda, Rodger and Shelley; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; and brother Joseph Whitt.
A celebration of Donna’s life was held Dec. 3, with graveside service at the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Boulder City.