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Donna J. Wick

February 12, 1927August 25, 2021
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Donna Jean Wick passed away on August 25, 2021. She was born on February 12, 1927 in Belleville, Kansas. She was the beloved wife of the late Leon Lewis Wick. Donna spent her early years on a farm near Scandia, Kansas with her parents, Edward A. and Myrtle B. Robison and her older brother, Dwaine. She had lots of farm adventures in a two -story house with a wood fired cookstove, no indoor plumbing, and a pony named Rex.

She was about ten when they moved to Scandia after dust storms, the depression and a grasshopper infestation. She had aunts, uncles and grandparents nearby that she often visited. Donna was in high school when the family moved to Manhattan, Kansas. She started attending Kansas State University in 1944.

Donna married US Marine Corp veteran Leon L. Wick on September 16, 1945 after meeting him in math class. He had suggested they study for the class. She worked while Leon finished school. Their daughter Linda was born in 1948 and they soon moved to the Washington, D.C. area where Leon took a job in the Rural Electrification Administration (REA). They took in many of the area attractions while they lived in the east.

In 1950 they moved to Hastings, Nebraska where Leon worked as a regional engineer for the REA. Their son Robin was born in 1950 in Hastings. In 1951 the family moved on to WaKeeney, Kansas where Leon became the manager of Western Farmer’s Cooperative REA.

While in WaKeeney, Donna raised her family, gardened and enjoyed playing bridge and golf, serving as a Cub Scout Den Mother and PTA officer and teaching in summer bible school at the Presbyterian Church. She had a large circle of friends and attended group dinner parties. The family had fun boating and fishing at nearby Cedar Bluff Reservoir and taking trips to Lake of the Woods, Ontario. After their children were in college, Donna started taking classes at Fort Hays State College. She was interested in teaching history.

Before she finished her degree they moved to Fort Collins, Colorado in 1969 for Leon’s job at Poudre Valley REA. They enjoyed traveling, camping with family in an RV, snowmobiling, bridge clubs and Newcomers Club. They made many friends in the area. Donna was always interested in learning and over the years took classes in tailoring and crocheting, investing, medical terminology, interior decorating, gardening, real estate, ballroom dance and computer skills.

After retiring, they spent winters in Tucson hiking, going to spring training baseball games, swimming, and activities with new friends. Back in Fort Collins they took classes at the health club. Leon died in 2007, but Donna kept up an active life and spent lots of time with her little dog, Casey. He was very good company. In 2013 she moved into The Winslow senior living apartments and then into Good Samaritan Society assisted living in 2018 where she started a new group playing “Ten Thousand”, a game using dice.

Donna was a survivor of childhood polio, cancer, heart attack and two broken hips. She continued to have a positive attitude even when in a wheel chair and having serious swallowing problems. Her faith was always an important part of her life. Donna was an avid reader, closely followed all current events, worked on new puzzles daily and continued to have engaging conversations with friends and family until two days before her death.

She was the loving mother of Linda (C. Mack) Sewell and Robin (Ruth) Wick. Donna was the proud grandmother of Bryan (Jade) Sewell, Jeffrey Wick, Allison (Mike) Samelson and Grant Wick. She adored her great grandchildren Stewart and Sage Samelson and was the fond aunt and friend to many.

Arrangements are entrusted to Allnutt Funeral Service, Drake Chapel, 650 W. Drake Rd., Fort Collins, CO. Memorial Service on Friday, September 17, 2021 at 11am at the Drake Chapel, followed by a a Reception. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to: Good Samaritan Fort Collins Village, 508 W Trilby Rd, Fort Collins, CO 80525. For information call (970) 482- 3208.

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    Friday, September 17, 2021

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Marilyn Helmreich

September 13, 2021

Donna was a wonderful friend for many years and I miss her greatly. We were neighbors, Investment Club members, Bridge partners, and just good friends. I enjoyed her here at the Winslow and I think of her every time I go by Good Samaratin.

JoAnn Larimore

August 30, 2021

Many condolences to Donna’s family. As a neighbor and friend for over 40 years I will miss her. Even though I’ve spent the last 25 years in Arizona we kept in touch. She was a sweet, loving woman! JoAnn

Bobbie Douglas

August 30, 2021

Donna and Leon became some of our dearest friends in 1970 when Donna and I were both in Newcomers Club. My husband, Bruce, also provided HVAC services to the REA buildings downtown Fort Collins and on South College. Donna and I were also in the same bridge group we formed with Newcomer friends and it lasted a long time. She also involved me in an investment club. They were wonderful people and great friends for many years. Donna will be greatly missed as is Leon. She was a strong woman who dealt with many health issues with as much grace as was possible.
Bobbie

Jody Minch

August 27, 2021

My condolences to the Wick family. I have known Donna for many years through Robin and Ruth. She was a wonderful lady and will be missed tremendously. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of mourning.

Randy and Jody Minch

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Donna J. Wick with Casey
2/12/1927-8/25/2021

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Donna at 10 months

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Donna, Myrtle, Edward and Dwaine Robison 1929

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Brother Dwaine and Donna 1929

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With pony Rex - 1932

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Donna J. Wick with Casey
2/12/1927-8/25/2021

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Donna at 10 months

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Donna, Myrtle, Edward and Dwaine Robison 1929

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Brother Dwaine and Donna 1929

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With pony Rex - 1932

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1940 - Donna and Cousins Charles and Everett Robison

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High School Graduation - 1944

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Donna and Leon Wick Wedding - 1945

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Leon and Donna - 1945