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Obituary: Hamm, Donna (Vandesteeg)

HAMM, Donna

June 3, 1931 -
February 28, 2016

Our beloved mother, grams, gram-gram, aunt, and friend completed her earthly journey on February 28, 2016.

Surrounded with love; her family at her side, she departed peacefully to the arms of our heavenly Father.

She worked for School District 81 as a business manager for 19 years, first at Ferris High School then Shadle Park High School until retirement.

She often remarked how much she loved her job, co-workers, and the “kids.”

Travel to the Oregon Coast was always her favorite.

To smell the ocean salt and search for perfect agate or shell.

She was very creative herself and a lover of the great artists.

This took her on two adventures to Europe where she enjoyed seeing some of the great works in person.

In later years, playing bingo and trips to the casino brought her much enjoyment.

Most of all, she loved spending time with her family, grandchildren, and great-grand- children.

Donna is survived by her children: Steven Wills (Linda), Joni Wills Corcoran, Brian Wills, Bruce Wills (Karen), Curtis Hamm (Dawn); 12 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her adopted parents, John and Helen VanDeSteeg and her sister, JoEllen Goedhart.

Her beautiful smile, laugh, great sense of humor, spunkiness and love of life will be missed by all who knew her.

By her firm request, there will be no public service.

A private memorial celebration of life will be held later at the Oregon Coast.

Heartful thanks to everyone for helping our mother live out her life independently as possible.

Thank you to Barb Stotts, Maplewood Gardens’ staff, Hospice of Spokane, Cancer Care NW and Hospice House North.

Please visit Donna’s online memorial and leave a message for her family at

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