Eddylou was born on August 12, 1950 in Sunnyside, Washington.
She spent her early years on her family’s farm near Prosser before moving to Connell where she graduated from Connell High School in 1968.
In 1972 she graduated from Eastern Washington University and later obtained a Masters in Business Administration from Golden Gate University.
In 1974, she joined the United States Air Force where she achieved the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
Through her Air Force service she was stationed in Japan, New Hampshire, California, South Korea and Texas.
She retired in 1994 to Spokane.
She also loved to travel for pleasure-particularly to see her beloved Yankees play in New York City.
Eddylou married John Michael Donovan in 1973 and their daughter Erin Tracy Donovan was born in 1980.
Family was deeply important to Eddylou, and she is remembered by them for her intelligence, humor, and above all, her generosity.
She never forgot a birthday, often sent thoughtful presents for no occasion at all, and had an entire room in her house devoted to gift wrapping.
Eddylou is preceded in death by her husband John Michael Donovan (1994) and her father William Edward McMillen (2015).
She survived by her daughter Erin Tracy Donovan, her mother Helen Marie McMillen, her brother William Frederick McMillen, and her partner Patrick McDonald.
Services will be held on Friday, May 1st at 11:15 AM at the Washington State Veterans Cemetery, 21702 West Espanola Road, Medical Lake.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Second Harvest, 1234 East Front Avenue, Spokane, WA 99202, and to the Union Gospel Mission Crisis Shelter for Women and Children, 1234 East Sprague Avenue, Spokane, WA 99202.
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