Donna Elaine Lee was born on June 18, 1930 in Alamosa, Colorado. She was the sweet red-headed daughter of Don and Esther Lee and beloved sister of Shirley Lee Kahne. Donna grew up in a happy, loving home in Colorado. Her fatherâs work for WWII brought them to California where she graduated from High School.
Donna married the great love of her life, George Roberts Sr., in 1949. They met teaching Sunday School at First Baptist Church in Sacramento. They loved each other deeply and faithfully. Donna was a full-time homemaker who devoted herself to caring for her family and actively serving the Lord at church and in the community. George preceded Donna to heaven in 2011.
Donna and Georgeâs four children are George (Debra) Roberts Jr., Donna (Bijan) Tabaie, Ann Roberts and Shirley (Danny) Arroyo. Donna was the beloved grandma of ten grandchildren: Brian Roberts, Rebekah (Grant) Anderson, Abraham (Whitney) Tabaie, Hannah (David) Roman, Christine (Ronald) Davis, Naomi (Richard) Vidal, Mariam (Orlando) Tabaie, Grace Hiyakumoto, Lawrence (Deni)Faulkner and Matthew Hiyakumoto. Donnaâs precious great grandchildren are Jacob Davis, Emily Davis, Tyler Davis, Caleb Tabaie, Vienna Roman, Ella Tabaie and Paris Roman.
Donna was a Christian woman who enjoyed serving in the church and her community. Her roles included Superintendent of Childrenâs Education, Sunday School Teacher, Elder and Deacon. She was active in various mission endeavors, including running a SERRV store out of Bethany Presbyterian Church to provide income for artisans around the world. Donna was always involved in PTA and mentored elementary children who needed a loving influence. She was involved in ministering to Vietnamese immigrants and helped them learn English. She was also a Camp Fire Girls leader for all of her daughters. She loved to tell family stories. Donna and George traveled all over the country carefully researching and cataloging their familyâs genealogy and attending Elder Hostel courses. She was a crafter who created many beautiful treasures using embroidery and knitting. She especially loved sharing a contented happy life with George Roberts Sr. Donna and George loved watching Sacramento Kings games, going for walks, and reading. Donna showed her love for her children and grandchildren in a myriad of ways. Grandma Donna was always eager for a chance to read to, feed, listen to or embrace any of her descendants. She cheerfully attended countless recitals, sports games, open houses, and graduations.
Donna was a very tenderhearted, sweet person who loved with all of her heart and showed it by working tirelessly to care for her family and friends. She was kind, funny and smart. She was a wonderfully generous host who loved filling their home in South Sacramento with happy family gatherings. Donna was always ready with a smile, hug or kind word. She was very special and her family will miss her so much.
The viewing will be at East Lawn Elk Grove Memorial Park on September 20th from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. A Memorial Service will be held mid-November.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the SSIP Food Closet at www.ssipfoodcloset.org