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“I'd just like to take the time ... Long over due to thank everyone that shared these kind words and great memories of Rob and my mother. We loved her...Read More »
1 of 20 | Posted by: Troy Pottenger - Harrison , ID

“I have so many memories of Donna. From helping her to deal with loss in her life to dealing with cancer. Mostly I remember her as someone who dealth...Read More »
2 of 20 | Posted by: Dr David Baines - Anchorage, AK

“Dad and Connie have requested that I write an entry here to thank all the guests at her ceremony, and all the log book entrants, and all those who...Read More »
3 of 20 | Posted by: David E. Gabert - Pocatello, ID

“Dear Troy and Rob, We only just heard the news today. We were shocked because we didn't know that your mom had been fighting cancer, again. We had...Read More »
4 of 20 | Posted by: Chuck and Carolyn Danielson - ID

“Donna and I shared so much of our lives while attending U of I when we returned as adults. We commuted together until I moved to my duplex in Moscow...Read More »
5 of 20 | Posted by: Irene Lehman Watson - Fort Benton, MT

“Though I know that the angels are rejoicing in bringing Donna home, I'm going to miss her so very much. I'll always remember our special horseback...Read More »
6 of 20 | Posted by: Kara Craner - St Maries, ID

“Ms. Pottenger was a great kindergarten teacher. She always said "great job" and she always had a smile on her face. Willow Ohlhauser, UpRiver...Read More »
7 of 20 | Posted by: Willow - Clarkia, ID

“She was a spunky,sparkly, darling girl in high school and college; I did not have the pleasure of knowing her when she matured. She will be missed...Read More »
8 of 20 | Posted by: Kathy Jones - Challis, ID

“Troy & Rob, Your Mother was a special person. She fought a courageous battle to the end and never complained. She displayed courage and faith...Read More »
9 of 20 | Posted by: Marcie Telford - St Maries, ID

“Troy and Rob: Sending our love to you and your families. We loved your Mom and we love both of you. We are here for you. Morris & Katrina ”
10 of 20 | Posted by: Morris and Katrina Bentley - ID

“Rob, Joyce and Lexi, We are so sorry for the loss of your Mom and Grandma. Our prayers are with you. ”
11 of 20 | Posted by: Jm and Lynnette Johnson - WA

“Troy, Rob & Family, Our deepest sympathy to you all on your Mom's passing. Many memories come to mind while we all lived in Riggins, it was the best...Read More »
12 of 20 | Posted by: Don & Lorna Fellom - Emmett, ID

“Dear Troy, Dee and boys, We are saddened to hear of the loss of your mother. Hopefully your many loving and wonderful memories of your mom will...Read More »
13 of 20 | Posted by: Linda & Barry Pry - Post Falls, ID

“Troy and Dee, Robby and Joyce, David, Allen and Rick, Gene and cousin Bobby Jo, the ones I know, my thoughts and prayers go out to all of you, also...Read More »
14 of 20 | Posted by: Sharyl Foster - Friend

“Donna was a remarkable woman in many ways. Her demeanor spoke of her love, faith, and dedication to family, career, and God. We all considered it...Read More »
15 of 20 | Posted by: Charlotte Applegate - St. Maries, ID

“We send our deepest sympathy to you. You are in our prayers. ”
16 of 20 | Posted by: Bill & Bobbi Flowers - Orofino, ID

“I was saddened to hear of your loss. Please know how very sorry I am. Marilyn Bagley ”
17 of 20 | Posted by: MARILYN BAGLEY - Coeurd'Alene, ID

“I will miss my dear friend, Donna. She was a beautiful person who left me many gentle words of wisdom which I will never forget. I am so lucky to...Read More »
18 of 20 | Posted by: Emmy Bonds - St. Maries, ID

“Troy and Rob, The first word we think of when we think of your lovely mother is "Peace". We know she is at peace now and pray that you are too,...Read More »
19 of 20 | Posted by: Mary & Chuck Huskey - St. Maries, ID

“Troy & Rob, you and your entire family are in our thoughts and prayers. We will miss that wonderful smile and tender voice. Your mother was really...Read More »
20 of 20 | Posted by: Pam & Ken Mitchell - Fernwood, ID


Donna Lee Pottenger (62) longtime St. Maries area resident died May 20, 2011 at the home of her son Troy Pottenger's, near Harrison, Idaho following an extended and courageous battle with cancer. She was born March 13, 1949 to Gene and Barbara (Salsbury) Gabert at Wendell, ID. Her early years in life were spent at King Hill, Idaho where she attended school in the Glenn's Ferry School District. She moved with her family to New Meadows, ID in 1965 and graduated from New Meadows High School with the class of 1967. Following graduation, she attended the Univ. of Idaho before moving to Boise, ID where she went to work for a bank. She married Bruce Pottenger on March 15, 1969. She and Bruce lived in McCall and New Meadows, ID before moving to Riggins, ID. Living at Riggins, she raised her sons Troy and Rob and worked as a teacher's aide and drove school bus. She moved to Santa, ID in 1982 where she and Bruce operated a small ranch while Bruce logged and Donna worked for the school district. Her husband was killed in a logging accident in 1987. She returned to the Univ. of Idaho and received her B.S. Degree in Education in 1991. She then went to work for the St. Maries School District as a special education teacher at the UpRiver School. She worked at Heyburn Elementary before taking a position at St. Maries High School. She married Tom Vesey in 1992 and they were later divorced. She returned to teaching at the UpRiver School until illness forced her retirement last year. She was involved in all activities of her children and her grandchildren. Her special interests included horseback riding, boating, and snowmobiling. She showed her horses for over 30 years at various horse shows. She loved animals, all types of livestock as well as her cats and dogs. She enjoyed spending time jet boating and camping on the Salmon River near Riggins. Donna was a member of the St. Maries Church of the Nazarene and the Cowgirl Spirit Drill Team of St. Maries. Donna is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law Troy and Dee Pottenger of Harrison and Rob and Joyce Pottenger of Riggins, ID. Also surviving are her father and stepmother Gene and Connie Gabert of Blackfoot, ID. She is also survived by brothers Dave Gabert of Pocatello, ID Rick Gabert of Kalispell, MT and Alan Gabert of Coeur d' Alene, Idaho as well as her grandchildren Jess, Lexi and Tyson Pottenger. She was preceded in death by her mother Barbara and granddaughter Paige Pottenger. A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, May 28, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. at the St. Maries Church of the Nazarene with Rev. Dan Swan. A gathering of family and friends will follow at the church's gymnasium. Visit her online memorial and sign her guest book at www.hodgefuneralhome.com.

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