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Dona Alleen (Barrett) Nelson

February 7, 1951 ~ December 2, 2023 (age 72) 72 Years Old

Dona Nelson Obituary

    Dona Alleen Nelson was born February 7, 1951, to Mildred and Doyel Barrett. She was one of six children and spent her childhood reading, playing football with the neighborhood boys, and crushing on Ringo Starr. Her adult life was spent raising not only the six children she birthed but also welcoming into her household the countless others who called her "Mom". Later in life Dona spent her time with her grand and great-grandchildren and volunteering in her community of Klamath Falls. 

    Dona will be remembered as hard-working, stubborn, selfless, and a dedicated servant of God. She loved horses, the beach, books, and painting. She was a huge nerd who watched and read countless hours of Star Wars and Lord of the Rings; enjoyed playing Dungeons & Dragons with her family, and loved card and board games (M&M poker being a particular favorite). Her idea of a good time was a themed costume party with family and friends, driving with the windows open and The Beatles blasting, and sitting with her brothers and sisters in Christ and singing songs of praise. 

    There will be a Celebration of Life in Dona's honor on Saturday, December 9th at 2:00pm at O'Hair-Wards Funeral Chapel in Klamath Falls. In lieu of flowers, her family asks that you consider making a donation to either The Klamath Art Association ( or the Large Animal Division of the Klamath Animal Shelter (, both organizations that Dona volunteered with in recent years. 

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Celebration of Life
December 9, 2023

2:00 PM
O'Hair-Wards Funeral Chapel
515 Pine Street
Klamath Falls, OR 97601


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