Donna Lea Rokes was born on Oct. 27, 1943 in Pipestone, Minn., the daughter of Ernest and Charmaine (Carney) Rokes. Donna's family moved to Marcus while she was a young girl. She completed her education in the Marcus schools.
On Feb. 16, 1963 Donna and Thomas Rassel were united in marriage at Holy Name Catholic Church in Marcus. They made their home in Marcus before moving to Cleghorn in 1969. Throughout the years Donna worked as a waitress at Randall's in Cherokee and Mom's Kitchen in Marcus. She also worked at Bill's Bottles and Cans in Cherokee.
Donna was a member of Holy Name Catholic Church in Marcus. She enjoyed bowling, playing Pinochle and other card games, camping and boating, and crocheting and sewing doll clothes for her family. She was an Elvis Fan and colleted much of his memorabilia. Donna enjoyed the company of others and had a knack of making them laugh. Her most precious time was that spent with family, especially her grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and a great-granddaughter Faith Renee Hill.
She will be lovingly remembered by her husband of 45 years, Tom of Cleghorn; seven children: Lori A. Head and her fiancÚ Kurt Kahl of N. Palm Beach, Fla., Brenda Parker and her husband Ted of Cherokee, Robert Rassel and his wife Teresa of Lake Preston, S.D., Pam Wetherell and her husband Todd of Cleghorn, Melanie Conover and her husband Mike of Cherokee, Shelly Tackett and her special friend Roscoe Miller of Cleghorn, and Dean Rassel and his wife Debbie of N. Palm Beach, Fla.; thirteen grandchildren: Stephanie Hill and her husband Kevin, Steven and Michael Wetherell, Kayla, Kyle, Brett and Allysa Rassel, Jennifer Conover and her fiancÚ Will Miller, Jared Conover, Derek, Jessica and Justin Lewis, and Cody Rassel; a sister Barbara Sorensen and her husband Bob of Aurelia; two brothers Charles Rokes and his wife Sharon of Washburn and David Rokes and his wife Carmella of Russell.