Donna Rae Spires, 78, of Yucaipa, lost her battle with Alzheimer’s on Aug. 19, 2019.
Born April 8, 1941, in Long Beach, to Ray and Betty Thompson, she was the older of two daughters.
Donna lived in Long Beach, Sierra Madre and Tujunga before moving with her family to Yucaipa in 1950. She attended Yucaipa schools, but as there was no High School at that time, graduated from Redlands High School in 1959.
Donna held several jobs throughout her life. Some of her best stories included packing peaches and plums while in High School (where she was paid $.05 per lug), packing eggs at one of the local egg ranches (and throwing them back at the chickens when they pecked her), and working at The Deutsch Company right out of high school using the Teletype machine. Later, she began a career in banking, working at several banks until retiring in 1986. In 1997, Donna and husband Bob opened Spires Automotive on Yucaipa Boulevard, until their retirement in 2006.
Donna is survived by her Mother, Betty Thompson; four children - Jimmy (Christine) Foster, Steven Foster, Tracy (Steve) Sunkes, and Robert (Jenn) Pauley; grandchildren Lindsay (Terrel) Brady, Joshua (Mary) Pauley, Katie Foster, Timothy Sunkes, and Thomas Foster; great-grandchildren Levi, Natalie, Evelyn, and Elijah, along with her sister, Gayle Turpin, brother-in-law Virgil Spires, sister-in-law Barbara Spires, brother-in-law Don Harrelson, many, many nieces and nephews, and friends dating back to her childhood.
Donna was predeceased by her husband, Robert “Bob” Spires, father Ray Thompson, and best friend and partner in crime, “Sugar” Weaver.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, at the Yucaipa Community Center.