Donna June Autry passed away suddenly on the morning of May 28, 2022 at St. Agnes Hospital, surrounded by family and loved ones. She was born July 27, 1938 in Bristow, Oklahoma, to Finies and Hazel Berkley. She joined her older brother, Ovonual, and was later joined by her sister, Linda. She was a loving mother, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. She married Lee Ray Autry in 1953, and they had 3 sons – Keith Ray in 1954, Ricky Lee in 1957, and Ronnie Wayne in 1959. Donna and Lee Ray parted ways in 1976. Donna was in a long-term relationship with Ray Bopp, who passed away in 2008.
Donna worked for Fresno County, and retired after several years. Donna enjoyed trips to the local casinos, feeding the squirrels at Friant, and taking several trips to Las Vegas a year. She loved spending the holidays with her family, and made the best homemaker strawberry cake ever. She always wanted to be the first one to taste the dressing at Thanksgiving. She loved watching her hummingbirds every morning in her window.
Donna was preceded in death by her parents, Finies and Hazel Berkley, her infant son, Ricky, her son, Ronnie, and her brother, Ovonual. She Is survived by her son, Keith Autry, his wife Linda, grandchildren Jason, Jennifer and Matt, and four great-grandchildren, her sister Linda Johnson and her husband, Mark, her long time companion, Joe Parker, and several nieces and nephews.
A Committal Service will be held on Monday, June 20, 2022 at 11 AM at Arbor Vitae Cemetery in Madera.
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