Donna Mae Chenoweth Krum, 73, passed away in her sleep, Dec. 15, 2009.
She was born Oct. 27, 1936, in Worden, to Forrest and Thelma Chenoweth. She attended and graduated from Huntley Project High School in 1954. After graduation, she attended Montana State College (MSU) and graduated from Billings Deaconess Hospital School of Nursing as a Registered Nurse. Aug. 18, 1956, she married Raymond Krum. In her early career, she worked at the Worden Vet Clinic and then worked at the Worden Medical Center under Dr. Ron Wimple and Dr. Herminio Cabrera. There, she contacted and impacted many lives in the Huntley Project area. She ended her career working for the SAGE Corporation, as a Director of Nursing at Valley Health Care and then became the Executive Director of Westpark Retirement Center, one of Billings’ first retirement communities. She was a part of Westpark’s inception and supervised the construction, decorating, hiring and first staff members and welcoming the first residents to their new homes. She retired in 1993.
Donna was preceded in death by her parents and her infant sister Joyce Ellen. She is survived by her husband Raymond of Huntley; daughter Twila Jo Zieske (Mick Stafford), Huntley; son Cody Krum (Randy Salisbury), Billings; granddaughters Mickayla and Kaycee Zieske, Huntley; brother Doyle Chenoweth and family of Thompson Falls; foster brothers, Alex Matheson and family of Bozeman and Keith Ewen and family of Worden.
Donna made many friends throughout her life and those friends soon found out that being a friend of Donna’s meant they were a part of her extended family. We cannot acknowledge everyone in her life, but we would like to thank her lifelong friends, Shirley Black, Joyce Curry and John and Vicki Williams.
Donna will be remembered in heart by many for her baking, candies, holiday decorations, as well as having a open door for coffee and conversation to anyone who needed to talk, day or night. Many people will also recall her as an avid gardener who could grow flowers out of gravel and cracks in the sidewalks, always complaining about the watering and weeding but never reducing her gardens that sometimes appeared to be a size of 40 acres.
In addition to helping take care of her parents, assisting with the family farm and ranch, she still found time to take active part in Girl Scouts, the VFW Aux 7407, Hospice, Al-Anon, the Huntley Flower and Garden Club and the Huntley Senior Citizens.
She faced many challenging times in her life both as a child and as an adult, but always strived to make the best of the situation.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, at Smith Funeral Chapel. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday evening, Dec. 18, at Smith’s and prior to services on Saturday. Interment will follow service at the Pleasantview Cemetery in Ballantine. Fellowship will be held at the VFW in Worden after services.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Worden Fire and Ambulance , or the VFW Aux 7407.
SHE WILL BE MISSED BY ALL WHO KNEW HER.