Roberta Donaghu

The Index · Thursday, June 13, 2013
Roberta “Bobbi” Donaghu, 69, died June 6, 2013.

Bobbi was born in Iowa City on Aug. 10, 1943 to Robert Lewis Howard and Edith (Handley) Howard. She shared her West Liberty childhood with them and eight siblings.  As the second oldest sibling, she attended Our Lady of the Angels School. After her father’s early death, she began to share the full Howard household duties with her mother.

Bobbi married William “Bill” Bruce Donaghu, on July 8, 1966.  Bill was an Iowa State forestry graduate and in the U.S. Army when the couple moved to Denver, Colo. in the summer of 1967, following the birth of their son Michael.  They pushed west again in 1969 to Warm Springs, Ore., where Bill was hired as a forester by the Warm Springs Indian Tribe. Their daughter, Melissa, was born in the summer of 1970 as the couple settled into community life.

She worked eight years as a reading specialist for Jefferson County Schools, five years as a Madras florist, and helped run a family business for someone else for three years. She was well known for entertaining guest with her cooking and constant conversation.

Bobbi was preceded in death by her parents and brother James Howard. She is survived by husband, Bill; children, Melissa Donaghu and Michael Donaghu of Portland, Ore.; sisters, Mary Edith “Edie” Heitzman of Hills, and Theresa Lukavsky of Columbus Junction; brothers, Eugene “Butch” Howard of Iowa City, Edward Howard of Monteno, Ill., Bill Howard of Coralville, Bob Howard of Mountain Home, Idaho, and Tom Howard of Iowa City. 

She is also survived by grandchildren Piper Donaghu, 17, Ella Donaghu, 15, Ruby Donaghu, 11, and Collin Ryne Marshall, 9. 

A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. on Monday, June 17, at Mt. Jefferson Memorial Park Cemetery in Madras, Ore. Remembrances may be made to the American Diabetes Association.
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