Donna Claire Kerr

TIGARD, ORE. - Donna Claire (Miller) Kerr, 81, of Tigard, Ore., (formerly of Garden City, KS) passed from this earth into the arms of Jesus on August 15, 2020 due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease. She was born to Anna Gertrude (Powell) and Willard Victor Miller in Louisburg, Kansas. Donna married Larry Gene Kerr of Lawrence, KS in March of 1957 and then graduated from Louisburg High School at the end of that school year.


Donna is survived by two sisters, Ruth Anna Schlender of Overland Park, KS; Vera Juanita (Robert) Thorne of Bartlesville, OK; and one brother, David Franklin Miller of Tescott, KS; two daughters, Sherrie Lynn (Jim) Martin of Lake Oswego, OR; Robin Jean Haider of Elk Grove, CA; one son, Brett Douglas (Melanie) Kerr of Spring, TX; four grandchildren, six great grandchildren and many beloved nieces and nephews. Donna was predeceased by her daughter, Kerrie Laine Kerr of Garden City, KS, her former spouse, Larry G. Kerr of Winnsboro, TX, both of her parents and grandparents: Lena (Brandon) and Melvin David Powell of Paola, KS, and Opal and Jesse Franklin Miller of Butler, MO.


Donna moved to southern California in 1957 where her husband served in the United States Marine Corps and she worked on base as a civil servant. All four of her children were born in California and she returned to Kansas in the late 1970s following her divorce. She had very fond memories of participating in Glee Club, Drama and Choir during her days at Louisburg High School, as well as the many community events in Garden City, KS with her friends from The Grain Bin and The Wheatlands, such as raising money to support the Muscular Dystrophy Association in the Jaycees Bathtub Races at the Big Pool. She rarely found an auction or garage sale she could pass up and enjoyed them (and crafting) even more with her mom and sisters by her side.


Spending time with her nose in the latest Agatha Christie or Stephen King novel, laughing with her friends and traveling to love on her family all while rolling up her sleeves to do whatever was needed is how many will remember her.


Due to the many travel and gathering restrictions associated with COVID-19 across our country there will not be any formal service at this time. The family encourages you to toast Donna with a big bowl of chocolate ice cream covered in chocolate sauce next to a piece of chocolate cake—she would want it that way! Memorial gifts of any amount made to the Alzheimer’s Association would be greatly appreciated.