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Official Obituary of

Donna Mae Burdette

May 14, 1942 ~ March 8, 2024 (age 81) 81 Years Old

Donna Burdette Obituary

Donna Mae “Nana” Burdette, age 81, passed away on Friday, March 8 th,  2024, in Great Falls, Montana​, after a brief illness. Donna was born on May 14 th , 1942, in Elkton, Minnesota. to Iven Leroy DeSart and Leona Olive Rabine. ​Her father passed away when she was only 4, so she was also raised by her stepfather, Walter (Lefty) Cooklin. Donna lived across the street from James Raymond Burdette (deceased September 18 th , 2004) and they married on January 19 th , 1964, in St. Paul, Minnesota. They were married for forty years and lived in Minnesota and ​briefly in Germany. They moved their family to Great Falls in 1976. 

Everyone loved Donna’s “pinup” style pillowcases and aprons. She was an avid quilter and crafter, and many people requested her homemade fleece socks. She continued quilting until the time of her death, recently finishing a baby quilt for her great-grandson, Dawson, and another great-grandson on the way. 

Known as “Nana” by many or the “cooler scooter” lady, she and Brande started hosting players for the Great Falls Voyagers in 2011. They hosted at least 37 ball players over the years. She loved baseball and could be seen watching baseball on many different screens in her home at the same time.​ Nana loved "her boys" and treated them all like grandsons. She followed many of them after they left the Voyagers, some moving on to the big league. Donna worked as a secretary at 3M in Minnesota and owned and operated a jewelry store in Minneapolis with her husband, Jim. After moving to Montana and when the kids were older, she started working for Raymond Young CPA. When the opportunity arose, she took over the restaurant in the D.A. Davidson building and operated the Sandwich Factory for a few years. She also worked as a substitute teacher and aide at Skyline ​School, working with emotionally disturbed children.

Donna was an active member of the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary​, holding many offices and a Great Falls Voyagers booster.​ She, along with her daughter, Nicole helped with the veteran's memorial that is in Great falls. 

Donna was preceded in death by her mother, Leona Olive, father, Iven Leroy DeSart, brother, Everett Leroy Rabine, sister Lois Yvonne Deyo and husband, James R. Burdette.

She is survived by her children​; James (Ulonda) Burdette, Nicole (Darren) Gilcher, Aimee (Brian) Duv​e, Brande​ Atkinson, and her sister Audrey Rieken​;in-laws: LeeAnn (Ken) Chevrette, Catherine (Rob) Michaelson, Tom (Jen) Burdette); her grandchildren​: Caitlin ​(Will) Northey,Austin ​(Kelsi) Duve’, Delaney​ Duve’, Sara (Aaron) Reeves, Clara Burdette, Dalton Loney, Emma ​(Andrew) Law, Elexsus Rose Gilcher, Dichaunee James (Kirah) Gilcher, Emmalee Burd Gilcher, Angelina Homegun Gilcher, Meghan (Trevor) Haynes, Meagan Stover, Kelsey (Tyler) Hanning, Amanda (Derek) Alm, Koralee Bonewitz Burdette​; great-grandchildren​: Avery Stover, Lykos Gilcher, Weston​ Haynes, Dawson Alm, Kinslee Mae Duve and ​another boy coming soon. She is also survived and loved by many nieces, nephews and cousins too numerous to count, as well as close friends that she made along the way.

Donna will be missed by the many people who loved her and were loved by her.  A celebration of life will be scheduled later this year.

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