Aug. 25, 1926 — April 9, 2019
Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Donna Jean Schermerhorn, 92, passed away on April 9, 2019, in Renton, Wash., from heart complications. Cremation has taken place.

Donna was the third daughter born to Gladys G. and Charles B. Harlan of Columbus, Mont., on Aug. 25, 1926. She was an excellent academic student and was a standout on the Columbus girls’ basketball team in the early 1940s.

After graduation from Columbus High School in 1944, and working a year at the Yellowstone Bank in Columbus, she enrolled in the University of Montana in Missoula. She graduated from the university cum laude in 1949 with a bachelor’s degree in music, and a secondary Montana teaching certificate.

She was then hired by the Absarokee Public Schools in Montana to start the music (band) program while there. Her band received superior ratings in the Billings Music Festivals in the spring of every year while employed in Absarokee.

In 1951, Donna married Monte G. Schermerhorn, her best friend and soul mate. Most of their married life was spent in the military, taking them to bases all over the U.S., and three years in Germany.

Survivors include her two sons, Mark (Kim) of Show-low, Ariz., and Greg of Edgewood, Wash.; one sister, Helena Bailey of Helena, Mont., and several nieces and nephews.

Her parents preceded her in death, as did her husband, Monte. Also preceding her in death were two sisters, Ruth Peack of Mount Pleasant, Iowa, and Margaret Houser of Fort Collins, Colo.

Her interests included genealogy, tennis matches, crossword puzzles and her two house cats. She was an ardent supporter of the Montana Grizzlies and the Seattle Seahawks. She was also an avid league bowler and was a Louisiana state champion. She was a master at duplicate bridge and enjoyed playing in several bridge clubs in Renton, Wash.

As requested, no services will be held. Suggestions for memorials in Donna’s name may be made to the Columbus Community Congregational Church, or to the donor’s choice.

Burial of cremains has occurred recently in the Columbus Mountain View Cemetery.