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Donna Mae Hightshoe-Slough

Donna Mae Hightshoe-Slough

Donna Mae Hightshoe-Slough went to her home in heaven on Friday, June 21, 2013 after a long battle of fighting pancreatic cancer.

A celebration of life will be held on Monday, June 24, 2013 at 11:00 am at the Northern Bible Chapel in Bemidji, Minnesota. Arrangements are with the Cease Family Funeral Home of Bemidji.

She was born to Kenneth Smythe and Agnes Anderson Smythe on July 6, 1954 in Devils Lake, North Dakota. At age nine Donnas' family moved to Bemidji where she graduated from High School in 1972. In 1974 she married Walter Hightshoe. As a young bride she moved to Montana returning to Minnesota in 1978 and became as member of the Nebish community. In 2002 she married James Slough of Bemidji and continued to live in Nebish until her passing.

While her daughters attended the Blackduck School she was a regular volunteer that became an employee and awarded the Lay Person of the Year award in 1990. Later in life she continued her education graduating with a Bachelor's degree in Science in 1996. In 2010 Donna retired from the former North Country Regional Hospital presently called Bemidji-Sanford Medical Center.

Donna's passion for gardening and teaching others her knowledge brought her great joy. Her skills of sewing and scrapbooking became hobbies she found pleasure sharing with friends and family. The motherly love she had shined not only with her children and grandchildren but also with the love she had for her pets. Thrift stores and garage sales were always a time to have great fun and spend time with friends.

She is survived by her-Husband-James Slough' daughters Brandy Kaasa (David) Puposky, MN, Cheona Kaasa (Jason) Stacy, MN, and Sarah Hightshoe (Troy) Nebish, MN; Three grandchildren, Jared, Sabrina and Kaasandra; siblings, Genny Smith, Mark Smythe, Tim Smythe, David Smythe and Jim Smythe; special friends, Karen Claypool, Sheila Reinarz, Linda Barcus, Celia Folstad, Carol Gilbertson and Connie Johnshoy.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a special friend, Linda Larson

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