Dona Lee (Fisher) Lani was born in Portola, CA on October 21, 1931. Dona passed away surrounded by her family on October 26, 2017 in St. George Utah. She was preceded in death by her parents Frank and Grace (Cazier) Fisher, siblings Jerry Fisher, Richard Fisher, Patricia (Fisher) Brooks and grandson, Adam Lani.
Dona is survived by her husband Donald Lani of Preston, NV, brothers Robert Fisher of Las Vegas, NV, Edward C. Fisher of Ely, NV, children: son Donald Frank Lani and wife Donna of Lund, daughters; Rue Denise Lani of Parker, Co., Tanya Kay (Lani) Atkin and husband Rick of Preston, NV. Grandchildren; Cole Lani of Round Mt. NV, Court Lani of San Diego, CA, Brooke Lani of Round Mt., NV, Chase Lani of Lund, NV, Lowry Peacock of Parker, CO, Kaylynn Atkin of St. George, UT, Jason Atkin of Ely, NV.
Dona was a true woman of the west. She grew up just south of the narrows along Current Creek where her and Patsy spent time playing in the water and where she met her husband of 67.75 years, Donald Lani. Their families were neighbors and friends ever since then. Dona and Donnie were married December 31, 1949 in Ely, NV. The celebration began by riding a horse drawn chariot fashioned out of an axle with a wooden platform as fast as it would go down main street. Dona said she thought she was going to die that night for sure. Dona loved and lived her life with all her heart and with the fiery personality of her bright red long beautiful hair.
Their first child, Donald Frank Lani was born in Ely, NV. October 24, 1950. Momma loved and protected him as she did each of us. One of her favorite stories was how she used her head as a tent pole in the sleeping bag while she changed his diapers so they would be warm, while camped with daddy, Frank and Netta picking pine nuts to sell in San Francisco to make a living during those first years. Two daughters came along in the following years born in Ely also, Rue Denise Lani, December 12, 1954 and Tanya Kay Lani, April 5, 1960.
Dona always worked hard beside and with Donnie, she was a great wife and best friend to Donnie. Dona created a home and beauty out of everything everywhere she went. She loved flowers and had them in bloom, every kind and color inside and out, all her life. She made our clothes, helped to raise our food and was the best cook ever. She loved birds and hatched and raised every kind she could get an egg for in her incubator while living at Angleworm.
Dona belonged to the women’s club that met once a month at the Currant Creek School house where she met and became fast friends with the women of Currant, Duckwater, Railroad Valley and White River Valley. Through the years she made quilts, crocheted and knitted, did macramé and sewed. Using her talents to keep us warm and supplement the household income. She taught us how to can and preserve fruit and vegetables. Dad was a good provider and along with raising every type of animal for meat he brought home a nice fat deer and we all made jerky to get us through the winter along with the pine nuts we gathered together with Dan and Phyllis, Peggy, Danny and Gary.
Whether farming along Currant Creek , managing a silver mine in Mexico, panning for gold in Alaska, managing the bar, café and ranches at Currant Creek or running the Angleworm, working for mines along the west coast from Alaska to Mexico; mom was beside dad and kept us kids happy and healthy thru thick and thin.
Dona spent her last years in Preston, Nevada next door to Tanya and Rick, whom she adored, and a few miles from Doom and Donna, who all helped her to the very end with all their families and friends. Dona had never let a week go by without talking to her daughter Rue since she moved out of the area in 1989. Dona often said her favorite times were with her children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews, brothers and sister whom she loved dearly.
We will never forget Dona and love and remember her with fondness forever.