Donna Joan Smalley

January 16, 1938April 6, 2018

SMALLEY, Donna J. - Of Boulder, CO and Flint, MI, age 80, died Friday, April 6, 2018 at her residence.

Per Donna's wishes, cremation has taken place.

Donna was born in Flint on January 16, 1938, the daughter of the late Marvin and Marian (Willerth) Simons. She attended Michigan State University. Donna, previously married to Fred Rusetzke, married Dr. Ronald Smalley on August 1, 1975. In 1994 they were excited to move to Longmont, Colorado to retire in full-view of the Rocky Mountains. Donna possessed a deep appreciation for the arts and loved to express her artistic abilities making jewelry and handmade greeting cards. She owned Rosahnda Arts & Fine Craft, an art gallery in Niwot, CO, which had been a life-long dream for her.

Donna is survived by her children, Liz (Doug) Kajiwara and sons Joseph and Jacob Kajiwara; Rick (Jessica) Rusetzke and daughter Ali (Rob) Bengel; Sarah (Jim) Holder and son David (Sara) Holder; and Laura (Randy) Linn and daughters Ashleigh and Kacey; Todd (Terry) Smalley; and Darren Smalley and his son James; great-grandchildren Evan and Kaylee Holder; and Ella Linn

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Ronald Smalley; her sister; and her parents.


Donna Joan Smalley

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marjorie Dragon

April 17, 2018

Dear Sarah,
I am saddened by your loss. I personally enjoyed knowing your mom, though it was too short a time..I’m happy to have had the pleasure of her friendship.
Marjorie Dragon
Friend and neighbor from Saint Vrain Manor