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Donna Kathryn Lindley (Koshnick)

November 5, 1973 - March 12, 2011

Donna Kathryn Lindley, 37, was born November 5, 1973, in Lincoln, Neb., to Andrea Koshnick and Robert Whitley. They moved to Medford, Ore., in 1976. She was raised by her mother and dad, Raymond Minnick. She passed away suddenly, of cardiac arrest, at her home, on March 12, 2011.

Donna was a graduate of North Medford High School, class of 1991, and later, Phagan's Beauty School. She worked for several years as a beautician and for the past three years for Regence Blue Cross/Blue Shield.

Donna met her beloved husband, Ryan T. Lindley, in 1994, and they were married August 11, 1995, at Trinity Episcopal Church, in Ashland, Ore. They had 16 wonderful years of marriage and together, they made a wonderful whole. They had two sons, Samuel and Timothy. Donna's focus in life was her sons and she had a very close relationship with both boys. Donna felt a special closeness with her husband's family, including her mother-in-law, Carol, who was like a second mother to her; Carol's husband, Doug; and Ryan's sister and her family.

Family was very important to Donna and growing up she spent part of her summers in Fargo, N.D., with her grandparents, Bob and Betty Koshnick. She was so loved by them, and during this time she built enduring relationships with her aunts, uncles, and cousins, remaining close and loved. Donna's relationship with her mother was unique and special. They were in constant contact and shopped, laughed, loved and teased each other often. Their quiet moments were a joy to witness.

Donna's interests included photography, camping, traveling and watching movies with her family. She also enjoyed beading, interior design of her home, including gardening, as well as playing with the family dog and cat. She was a strong, solid, dependable, and loving woman, mother, wife, daughter and friend. Her compassion for others, her love for her family, and her warm, beautiful spirit will always be remembered.

Donna is survived by her husband, Ryan; sons, Samuel and Timothy; mother, Andrea Koshnick, of Medford, Ore.; dad, Ray Minnick, of Medford, Ore.; father, Robert Whitley, of Salem, Ore.; grandmother, Betty Koshnick, of Fargo, N.D.; also, several uncles, aunts, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Robert Koshnick, Sr.; and grandmother, Jessie Schader, of Salem, Ore.

A viewing will be held at Rogue Valley Funeral Alternatives, 550 Business Park Dr., Medford, OR, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Friday, March 18, 2011. Her memorial service will held at Trinity Episcopal Church, in Ashland, Ore., on Saturday, March 19, 2011, at 2:00 p.m.


Donna Kathryn Lindley (Koshnick)