Donna LaVonne Corbett

Nov 25, 2012 Staff

Donna LaVonne Corbett of Riverton died Friday, Nov. 23, at her home. She was 82 years old.

Memorial services are at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 26, at the Davis Funeral Home in Riverton. Rex Whitman of the First Baptist Church and Matthew Whitman of the Lander Evangelical Free Church will officiate.

Donna LaVonne Gage was born Sept 13, 1930, to Stephen Edward and Alice Eliza Gage in Iowa City, Iowa.

She was raised in Calamus, Iowa, and graduated high school in 1947.

During a holiday in 1951, she was in San Diego where she was to meet her future husband while he was in boot camp in San Diego.

Donna married James Hamilton Corbett on April 6, 1952, in Calamus. His career in the Air Force took the family to Colorado, Alaska, Texas and South Dakota.

Mrs. Corbett was "an adventurer throughout her life," a family statement said, "and adding to that adventure was having four children, David, Susan, Peggy and Nancy."

After raising their children they retired in Rapid City,S.D. Their children married -- David to Rhonda Corbett, Susan to Rex Whitman, Peggy to Hemo Walters, Nancy to Mike Williams. All have been married 25 years or longer.

After 51 years of marriage, Jim Corbett died on Aug. 6, 2003. Mrs. Corbett stayed at the family ranch for several years until deciding to move to Riverton, where she wasted no time in getting involved with volunteering to better the lives of Rivertonians.

The family said one of her great loves was reading, and even as macular degeneration was taking hold she still managed to volunteer at the Fremont County Library. She was the library's Unsung Hero of 2010.

"You lived wonderful and full life, we miss you too much already," the family wrote. She is survived her children, four granddaughters, four grandsons and five great-grandchildren, with three more on the way.

Also surviving is her brother Ron and wife Helena Gage of Yuma, Ariz., as well as many nieces and nephews and many good friends.

Mrs. Corbett had suggested memorials to Help for Health Hospice, in care of the First Baptist Church, 840 N. First St., Riverton WY 82501.

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