Donna Balsiger-Hamilton, 88, passed away peacefully at 11 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017 in Tualatin, Ore. She was born on September 5, 1928, to Francis and Eunice Smith in Cottage Grove, Ore. Donna moved a lot due to her father's employment and also lived in Bellingham, Wash., Sutherlin, Ore., and back to Cottage Grove, where she graduated from high school.
After high school Donna attended both Oregon State University and University of Oregon where she met her first husband, Phillip R. Balsiger, a World War II bomber pilot. They married June 16, 1947 and had two children, Leslie John Balsiger and Debi Balsiger- Laue. They settled in Wilsonville, Ore. in 1956, where Phil had his architectural practice and Donna lived for most of her life.
Donna belonged to the Seventh Day Adventist Church most of her adult life and she was active in the Historic Message Church in Portland. She also liked to shop, travel and was always outgoing and gregarious with a big smile on her face.
She later married Al Hamilton, who preceded her in death.
Donna had many friends who will miss her; among the closest are Sue, Ronica and Skye Ludlow, who provided care for her during the last three years of her life.
She is survived by her two children and their spouses, Debi Balsiger-Laue and Bob Laue of Wilsonville, Ore. and Les and Carol Balsiger of Cheyenne, Wyo.; and four grandchildren, Molly Laue-Garbus of Seattle, Wash.; Kevin Laue of Wilsonville; Danielle Balsiger- Nilsen of Sandefjord, Norway and Jonatan Balsiger of Wheatland, Wyo.