Obituary: Donna Warnick - KRTV News in Great Falls, Montana

Obituary: Donna Warnick

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Donna (Blackburn) Warnick was born on the spring equinox, March 21st, 1921, in Delta, Utah, the first daughter and second child born to her parents Melva Lucile Turner and Ernest Ephraim Blackburn.

Donna died peacefully in her sleep, after nearly 97 years of an active and engaged life, on October 10th, 2017, at her home near Fort Shaw, Montana.

Donna lived near or in Delta, Utah until she was ten years old, when the Blackburn family moved to Manchester, Montana in their brand new Model A Ford, with their then 8 children.

As the eldest daughter, Donna helped her parents raise her younger siblings and loved them all and felt she had a special relationship with each of them for the rest of their and her lives.

She married George Webb Warnick on June 25, 1941 in the Cardston, Alberta, Canada temple. George was born on the fall equinox on September 22, 1915, and he and Donna were that different from each other in temperament and personality, but their marriage flourished and they had 7 children together, all of whom are still living.

Donna and George made their home near Simms, Montana from 1941 until 1960, when they bought a farm on the Ashuelot Bench, a few miles north of Fort Shaw, Montana, and moved their with their 7 children, to the home where Donna lived for the rest of her life.

George died in November, 1973. Donna married Ladislas Francuz on May 24, 1976. They divorced in 1986.

Donna was well known for her talent as a horsewoman, from her early childhood into her adulthood as a wife and mother, competing in O-Mok-Sees and races with her beloved mare, Rose O’ Day.

Donna and George recruited a group of friends and neighbors to perform square dances on horseback and their drill team performed at many functions around the state of Montana.

Donna and George also taught non-horseback ballroom and square dancing for many years and had a very active social life with a close circle of friends with similar interests.

Donna also was known for her talent as an artist and with many crafts including designing and sewing clothing for herself and her family, knitting many sweaters and garments for her family, designing and crafting beautiful rugs from wool scraps, making clothing and other apparel from leather, and doing pottery, woodworking, and boatbuilding.

She loved to backpack and camp in the wilderness and was very proud of the fact that her fishing and hunting skills helped keep her family supplied with food for many years.

Even in her later years when backpacking was no longer possible, she loved to go hiking and enjoyed every opportunity to be in one of her favorite places on Earth, the trail along Gibson Lake, the gateway to the Bob Marshall Wilderness in the Rocky Mountains west of her home.

Her last walk in that area was in October 2016, when she was 95, and she loved every minute of it.

To read the complete obituary and share condolences, visit the Croxford Funeral Home website.

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