Donna Maureen Knight died peacefully on March 10th, 2022 in Grangeville, Idaho, at the age of 80. Born May 24th, 1941, to Donald and Aletha Ann Rogers in Orofino, Idaho. Donna was the oldest of four daughters. Donna moved a lot in her younger years. She went to school in Spaulding, Winchester, Weippe, Greer, Orofino and Kamiah. Donna married Ray Mendenhall in 1956 and they had three children, Marvin, Debra and Melissa. They were later divorced. In 1970, Donna married Larry Wayne Knight, the love of her life. In March, 1971, they welcomed their daughter Monica into the world. They made their home on Caribel Road where they raised their children and built their home with "a million dollar view".
Donna and Larry were farmers and ranchers. They grew grain, hay, and raised cattle. They also had chickens and a few rabbits. Donna also helped the girls with 4-H steers and sheep. The couple also raised horses for work and play. Donna loved her cow dogs too. Above all she was an amazingly devoted wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister and friend.
There was not anything Donna couldn't accomplish. In addition to being a wife, mother, farmer, and rancher, she was an avid hunter, fisherman, artist, seamstress, cook, gardener and realtor. In 1992, Donna went back to school and received her GED and real estate license. She later became a real estate broker and owner of Knight Realty. She was so proud of her accomplishment. As a successful realtor, Donna also mentored her niece Shannon and daughter Monica, as they became realtors as well.
Donna started painting after meeting the most wonderful pastor's wife Naomi White. She met Naomi while attending the Woodland Friends Church. Donna was a natural when it came to painting. She loved to paint and later did pastels. Donna had many other talents and was never bored. She made root beer in the summertime with the kids, old fashioned pressed cider, and canned and preserved anything she could get her hands on. She enjoyed teaching her skills to anyone willing to learn. She believed in hard work and kindness.
Donna never met a stranger. She was kind and considerate to all who crossed her path. She was always faithful and honest. She is survived by her husband Larry Wayne Knight; her four children: Marvin Mendenhall, Debbie Bunch and Missi Knight of Kamiah, Idaho and Monica Hagen (Patrick) of Grangeville, Idaho; her grandchildren: Marvin Mendenhall of Lewiston, Idaho, Levi Mendenhall, Amanda Earles (James) of Abeline, Texas, Jeremiah Bunch of Lewiston, Amber Schmadeka (William "Tel") of Kamiah, Idaho, Joshua Knight (Kasey) of Kamiah, Ashley Prado of Cottonwood, Idaho, Jacob Prado of Kamiah, Idaho, Trever Knight of Kamiah, Idaho, Devin Knight of Orofino, Idaho, Simon and Agustus Hagen of Grangeville, Idaho; her sisters: Ruth Anderson of Milton, Washington, Julia Ayers of Cahone, Colorado, and Shirley Weddle of Kamiah, Idaho, and numerous greatgrandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her Son-in-law Mike Bunch, her grandchildren David Bunch, Heather Bunch, great-grandchild Dixon Earles and her Brother-in-laws Norman Ayers and Jesse Weddle.
Funeral will be held at St. Catherine's of Sienna Catholic Church in Kamiah on March 19th, 2022. Burial directly follows at the Kamiah Cemetery with a luncheon afterward at St. Catherine's in the basement. Trenary Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements (trenaryfuneralhome.com) Donations may be given to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital (stjude.org) or Shriner's Hospital (donate.lovetotherescue.org)