ForeverMissed

This memorial website was created in memory of LaDonna Farned, a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.   LaDonna was born on July 27, 1933 and passed away on May 12, 2010. We will remember her with love, forever.

Posted by Connie Wilcox on May 12, 2020
10 years Mama. It’s a little easier this year because Daddy is with you. Little Emilee says she bets you and Pa are dancing in Heaven under a disco ball. You would love all the girls we have added since you left. Tell God thank you for healing Karen. She’s doing so much better. Give Daddy a big hug for me Mama. I miss you❤️
Posted by Janis Cathcart on May 12, 2020
You made me cry, Connie! Can hardly believe LaDonna has been gone 10 years already. She was such a joy to know and visit with. She made all our lives richer for having known her and loved her. That goes for Curt as well. Those two were a wonderful example of what a marriage should be to all of us, the way Curt helped her do everything she could not do for herself anymore. You were truly blessed to have them as parents. Glad you have such special wonderful memories of your parents, Connie. Would like to see a picture of Jake and his two girls as they are now. Janis and Gene Cathcart
Posted by Connie Wilcox on July 29, 2019
Happy 86th Birthday Mama. Sorry it’s taken a few days to write this. I’m glad you got to celebrate your birthday with Daddy, but writing this makes it so real...you’re both gone and I’m alone here without you. I’ll always be thankful for the gift of spending your last years, months and moments on earth taking care of you. I miss you both so much. Tell Daddy that Shorty and the Little Girl miss him terribly. I wish you could have met them. Also, could you put in a special request for me with God...ask him to please, please protect and heal Karen. I love you Mama. Give Daddy a hug and kiss for me.
Posted by Janis Cathcart on July 27, 2019
Another reflective day remembering birthdays we shared back to back on July 26 and July 27. And now Curt is with LaDonna for all eternity. Sadness and joy for those God has given us for a season in our lives and how they enriched our lives and made them better for knowing them. Glad to see this post and her tributes. So many people have made an impact on our lives, but LaDonna was truly special and was to everyone who knew her. Reminds us that there is still much good in this world. Love, Janis and Gene
Posted by Robert Farned on August 6, 2018
Hi LaDonna , Another year has gone by.. Got you some pretty flowers to put out today. Still missing you sweetheart. I know one day we can all be together again. Our family keeps growing you would be so proud. Will love you always.
Posted by Janis Cathcart on May 12, 2018
The music reminds me so much of LaDonna. Words are inadequate, but my only hope is that God lets LaDonna read all the wonderful posts on this website about her. She was and is so greatly missed, the wonderful times we had when we were together, and sharing adjacent birthdays on July 26/27. The Lord brings people into our lives for a season that have a profound impact on our lives, and LaDonna was one of those rare people. She made all our lives better, and we can be thankful that the Lord left her on earth to leave her permanent impressions on our heart. Thank you, Lord, for giving us the gift of LaDonna. I look forward to seeing her face to face again...Janis & Gene cathcart
Posted by Robert Farned on March 31, 2018
Missing you sooo much La Donna. The time keeps going by but the pain is always there Love you with all my Heart.
Posted by Robert Farned on July 28, 2017
Hi LaDonna. Wishing you a Happy Birthday in Heaven. Love and miss you.
Posted by Connie Wilcox on July 27, 2017
Wishing you a Happy 84th Birthday in Heaven. I love you and miss you.
Posted by Connie Wilcox on May 12, 2017
7 years today Mama. Harder this year I guess since Chad and I moved into the last home you shared with Daddy. I miss you always and love you more.
Posted by Robert Farned on May 12, 2017
Hi La Donna. Another year has passed since you went to Heaven. Not a day goes by I don't miss you. One day we will all be together again until then I love you and miss you with all my Heart. By for now.
Posted by Robert Farned on January 31, 2017
Hi LaDonna, just a note to tell you I have moved into my new home. Wish you were here to share it with me. I miss you so much but one day we will be back together. By for now, love and miss you with all my heart.
Posted by Anita Pickens on December 30, 2016
Hello LaDonna, Just thinking of you today and all the fun times we had going to Ima's. We sure did buy some pretty clothes to go with that silver hair of yours. I sure do miss you. Love Ya
Posted by Robert Farned on December 29, 2016
Hi LaDonna, another Christmas has come and gone, we are now getting ready for a New Year. This is the last year in our home for me. Connie and family will be here, I am downsizing to a duplex, but will be taking my memories with me. It will be lonely for awhile I know but so much easyer for me to take care of. Will keep you up on how I do. Love You with all my Heart Have a good Year in Heaven. Love You
Posted by Robert Farned on November 29, 2016
Hi Ladonna, another Thanksgiving has come an gone. Had all the kids over for dinner had a nice time. We all missed you soo much. Love you in Heaven.
Posted by Robert Farned on August 25, 2016
Hi LaDonna. missing you today.
Posted by Connie Wilcox on July 27, 2016
Happy Birthday in Heaven Mama. I love you and miss you everyday.
Posted by Janis Cathcart on July 27, 2016
Miss LaDonna: You and I shared back-to-back birthdays--July 26 and 27. Never forget the year we gave you the 4 Left Behind Books, and you said you would never be able to get through them. You had all 4 read in 2 weeks! Once you got started you could not put them down, just like us. You managed to read all 12 of them, and could not wait till the next one was at Costco! You are and were such a special friend and cousin, and you and Curt blessed our lives beyond measure. I woke up yesterday thinking that the next day would have been your birthday. Janis Cathcart
Posted by Robert Farned on July 27, 2016
LaDonna, Happy Heavenly Birthday to you Sweetheart. You are soo missed and loved very much. My prayers are sent to you every night, One day we will walk hand in hand. All my love.
Posted by Robert Farned on July 4, 2016
Hi LaDonna. happy fourth in Heaven. All the kids were over for lunch. Had a nice time, but now it is lonesome again that they are gone. Will shed a few tears and try to move on. Miss you sweetheart. By By for now. Love You
Posted by Connie Wilcox on May 12, 2016
I miss you everyday Mama. This year has been the toughest and I'm not sure why. Just know so many people still talk about you and how much you are missed. I love you!
Posted by Robert Farned on May 12, 2016
Another year has passed since you went to Heaven kid. Not a day goes by that I don't say a prayer with you. I know you are at peace and pain free. One day we can be together again. Love you more everyday. By for now Sweetheart.
Posted by Janis Cathcart on May 8, 2016
I see your pain, Curt, still so fresh after 6 years without LaDonna. She was SO EASY to love, and loved so many people. We are all richer for having known her. She blessed so many of us with her presence and unconditional love. Looking forward to seeing her again in heaven. Janis and Gene
Posted by Robert Farned on May 8, 2016
Good Morning in Heaven LaDonna,want to wish you a Happy Mothers day. Love and Miss you with all my Heart. You will always be my only love. We all love you soo very much.
Posted by Anita Pickens on January 26, 2016
Ladonna, I sure do miss you. We really had some good talks and laughs. I loved from the moment I met you, but I know you are happy in Heaven and you have a new body. Love you
Posted by Robert Farned on January 25, 2016
Hi LaDonna,home from hospital with new pacemaker. I know you were watching over me. Love you with all my heart.
Posted by Robert Farned on December 24, 2015
Hi LaDonna,all the kids will be over tonight for dinner. Sure miss not setting next to you. I know you will have a Merry Christmas in Heaven. We miss you so much,but one day we will all be together. Good night Sweetheart. Love you with all my Heart.
Posted by Robert Farned on November 30, 2015
Hi LaDonna,Happy Thanksgiving in Heaven. All the kids were here for a wonderful meal. You would have been so proud of Connie,she took care of it. The only thing missing was you sweetheart. One day we will all be together again. we love you with all our Heart.
Posted by Janis Cathcart on July 27, 2015
Remembering dear sweet LaDonna and the good times we had on her birthday. Remembering giving her the first 4 books of the Left Behind Series (1,600 pages) and she said she never read big books like that. She was so engrossed she read 4 books in a week! What a loving, caring person--a good role model for us all. We love you LaDonna! Janis and Gene Cathcart
Posted by Robert Farned on July 27, 2015
Happy Birthday in Heaven La Donna,you are truly missed around here. I love and miss you so much. Everyone sends there love. Will tell Janis I still have twenty of your precious books. Lots of Love and kisses.
Posted by Connie Wilcox on June 6, 2015
Hi Mama. I haven't posted a message for a long time. I think about you every day and wish you were here to meet Emilee. You would sure get a kick out of her. You would love Chad and the girls too. The girls remind Daddy of me and Carrie. The grandkids are growing up and we all miss you. I love you.
Posted by Robert Farned on May 21, 2015
Going to Jakes graduation tonight,know you will be watching from Heaven. We are so proud of him. Love you
Posted by Robert Farned on May 16, 2015
Hi LaDonna,on way to pick up Carrie,she will be with us for a few days. It isn't the same anymore but you are always in our hearts. We will be out to visit and share our love.
Posted by Janis Cathcart on May 12, 2015
LaDonna: You were the best! I've been thinking of you for the past several days, remembering all the fun times the four of us had when we got together. I so wish you were still here and we could visit again. God needed the best for his angels, and that's why you went to be in his presence. We'll see you again face to face, and have lots to share again. Thanks for being our friend, LaDonna. The world was a better place for you having been in it, and you were a wonderful role model for Christianity. You are still dearly loved. Janis and Gene
Posted by Robert Farned on May 10, 2015
Hi La Donna, wishing you a happy Mothers day in Heaven. We love and miss you so much.
Posted by Anita Pickens on February 17, 2015
Loved you my dear friend.
Posted by Robert Farned on February 14, 2015
Happy Valentine's day in Heaven kid. You are in my Heart always. Miss and love you so much.
Posted by Anita Pickens on January 3, 2015
I loved you so much. Wish I could have known you longer because when we met we became Friends at first sight. I loved to come and visit with you, we talked about many things we were never lost for words. You will always be remembered. Love Anita
Posted by Robert Farned on January 2, 2015
Hi Kid. Another year has passed since you went to Heaven. You are missed so much. Had another Christmas with the kids. These Holidays will never be the same without you. Still love and miss you with all my Heart. Love You.
Posted by Robert Farned on July 27, 2014
A Happy Birthday in Heaven Ladonna. You are missed so much. You are always in my Heart. You are with me everyday. love You.
Posted by Anita Pickens on July 27, 2014
I loved you so much. We had a lot of good laughs. I know where you are and there is no pain for you, You were the best neighbor and friend. But I know that I will join you some day and we catch up where we left off. You were the best and I know that God has you in the palm of his hand.
Posted by Robert Farned on May 12, 2014
Hi LaDonna,another Year and Mothers day has passed since you were called to Heaven. You are missed every day by all of your loved ones. Love you so much and will keep you i n my heart. By,love you.
Posted by Anita Pickens on May 12, 2014
I loved you so much. I enjoyed my short time I had with you. I loved our trips to Ima's so much or anywhere you wonted to go. You were a very precious Lady someone I will never forget.
Posted by Janis Cathcart on May 12, 2014
We miss you and loved our times together the four of us. I know you are looking down from heaven and seeing all your loved ones. Looking forward to our reunion with a special lady. Janis and Gene
Posted by Robert Farned on February 6, 2014
Hi Ladonna,today would have been 59 wonderful years together. I cherish the years we had , you will always be in my heart. Love and miss you always.
Posted by Robert Farned on December 28, 2013
Hi Ladonna,Christmas 2013 is a thing of the past now. Had a nice time with the kids. Still loving you kid,miss you so very much. I will be with you some day, Love and miss you.
Posted by Robert Farned on December 17, 2013
Hi Sweetheart,been getting ready for another Christmas. Been trying to make candy but think I will give it up. Not much fun any more without you to share it with. It will be another sad day . Love you and miss you so much.
Posted by Robert Farned on November 18, 2013
Hi LaDonna, Had a wonderful Birthday. The kids were all here with me. They stayed the week,it was like old times. The only thing missing was you. We all miss your big smile sweetheart. I know you are at peace with God, that is my only comfort. Still miss you and I love you with all my Heart. Good night Bub.
Posted by Anita Pickens on July 28, 2013
You will always have a spiel place in heart. I remember all the fun  times we had. You were like a mother to me since I had lost my mother. Ladonna, I will always love you. Anita
Posted by Karen Toquothty on July 27, 2013
Grandma I love you and miss you more than words can express. You were always there for me and I could never thank you enough for that.
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Posted by Connie Wilcox on May 12, 2020
10 years Mama. It’s a little easier this year because Daddy is with you. Little Emilee says she bets you and Pa are dancing in Heaven under a disco ball. You would love all the girls we have added since you left. Tell God thank you for healing Karen. She’s doing so much better. Give Daddy a big hug for me Mama. I miss you❤️
Posted by Janis Cathcart on May 12, 2020
You made me cry, Connie! Can hardly believe LaDonna has been gone 10 years already. She was such a joy to know and visit with. She made all our lives richer for having known her and loved her. That goes for Curt as well. Those two were a wonderful example of what a marriage should be to all of us, the way Curt helped her do everything she could not do for herself anymore. You were truly blessed to have them as parents. Glad you have such special wonderful memories of your parents, Connie. Would like to see a picture of Jake and his two girls as they are now. Janis and Gene Cathcart
Posted by Connie Wilcox on July 29, 2019
Happy 86th Birthday Mama. Sorry it’s taken a few days to write this. I’m glad you got to celebrate your birthday with Daddy, but writing this makes it so real...you’re both gone and I’m alone here without you. I’ll always be thankful for the gift of spending your last years, months and moments on earth taking care of you. I miss you both so much. Tell Daddy that Shorty and the Little Girl miss him terribly. I wish you could have met them. Also, could you put in a special request for me with God...ask him to please, please protect and heal Karen. I love you Mama. Give Daddy a hug and kiss for me.
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Bear Story (Continued)

Shared by Connie Smith on June 6, 2010

I have thought of the bear story many times over the years.  Carrie did make several laps around the trailer until either Dad or Mom opened the door, reached out and drug her inside.  Funny thing was, the bear just stopped at the campfire.  I think Dad had cooked trout for dinner that evening and apparently the bear thought it smelled good.  We had many good and very funny times camping didn't we Mama!

Bear in Yellowstone

Shared by Carrie Bolin on June 4, 2010

 I will always remember the time we were camping at Yellowstone.  We were all sitting around the campfire, me on mom's lap, when we looked up and saw a bear walking into our campsite.  Of course we all screamed, mom stood up along with dad and Connie and we ran for the trailer.  However, they all seemed to forget the most important person....me!  Yep, I was left outside of the trailer along with the bear.  If I remember correctly I took a couple of laps around the trailer before they got the door opened and hauled me in.  Ah, good times.

Shared by Janis Cathcart on May 29, 2010

Your website is perfect, Connie.  LaDonna was the epitome of "amazing grace" through all the suffering she endured during her life, and still kept that beautiful smile.  Her smile was such a gift to all of us.

A few years ago your Mom and Dad spent a couple of days at the beach.  Her birthday was July 27, mine July 26.  She said she did not do much reading, but we had bought her the first 4 books of the "Left Behind" series for her birthday.  Each book had over 400 pages. We called her two weeks later and asked if she had started the books yet.  She said she had read them all in two weeks!  Once she started she could not put them down, and enjoyed them so much.  She went out to Costco and bought the next one to start on it, and was faithful to get the next one every time one came out.  There were 12 in all.  I was glad we were able to get her started on something that brought her pleasure.

I remember the weekend LaDonna and Curt,  Lou and Carol Cornish and Gene and I went to Long Beach, stayed at The Breakers Motel, and had our Sunday evening sing-along of different hymns of the church.  I made a book for all  of us, and we had our CD for music.  How special to share with fellow believers our love of the Lord.  We've gone to both LaDonna's and Lou's churches and been truly blessed by the "old time religion" feel of their churches.  God is so faithful to meet us in those places and knit our hearts together with such special people.

I remember Thanksgiving weekend 1999.  LaDonna and Curt came up on Wednesday, we went to pizza with them and my Dad and Mary.  On Thursday, we had Thanksgiving dinner with the six of them.  We visited all day long, had the neighbors come over for pumpkin pie, and thoroughly enjoyed all the good company.   My Dad was enjoying himself so much that he did not want to go home.  But I wanted to be able to visit with Curt and LaDonna, so I took Dad and Mary back to Winlock.  I will always regret that I did that since he was having such a good time.  But we learn from our mistakes, and we did enjoy the next two days with Curt and LaDonna.

I remember the trip to the Colorado reunion in 1999.  Both Curt and LaDonna and we had car troubles on the trip.  I think their car needed a water pump; ours needed a new fuel injector.  But we all made it in time for dinner Friday night!  They both enjoyed family reunions so much, Curt as much as LaDonna.  This extended family was easy to love and adopt, as I have found out over the years.  LaDonna is just as much my cousin as Gene's--I'm thankful for that great gift in my life.

And the reunion at Maynard's in Klamath Falls in 2004.  We so enjoyed our visit again, but LaDonna was so sick, and as we hugged goodbye, LaDonna and I had the sense we would not see each other again and it brought us great sadness.  But the Lord was good, and we got to spend 3 days with them again in Arkansas in 2007 to our delight.  There are not very many people I would drive all the way to Arkansas to see!  But she and Curt were definitely those people!

This is not goodbye forever.  Just until we meet up again in heaven.  The Lord has given us that promise to hold to for comfort. 

Very few people touch our lives as profoundly as LaDonna has done.  Our lives were definitely richer for having known her, spent time with her, and loved her dearly.  I will miss our earthly gatherings, dear friend.  Janis and Gene