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Donna R. Hudson-Gaona

Hudson, Donna

Donna Rae Hudson-Gaona was born in Hastings, Nebraska on April 25, 1958 and passed on August 18, 2016 in Chandler, Arizona. Donna moved to Chandler, Arizona in 1966 with her family. She was preceded in death by her father Robert (Bob) Dyer. She is survived by her mother Helen Dyer, brother Dennis Dyer and his wife Joyce, husband Richard Gaona, son Jake (Jason Michael) Louk and his wife Katie, and her daughter Jeri Rebekah Louk.  She was a devoted and loving Grandmother to her four favorite men, her grandsons, Jacob, Jayce, William, and Jason Louk. All the all of which knew her as Moppa. She was the former spouse to Lester Byron (Bud) Louk and Donnie L Hudson. Donna attended Chandler Public Schools where she never met a stranger and put a smile on everyone’s face. Absolutely the best friend anyone could ask for. She was the “fun” Mom to many and “Moppa” to all the little ones. She loved doing crafts with her favorite men always having her camera ready to catch the special moment. She was an avid reader having 2 or 3 books going at a time and always has a crossword puzzle at hand. Her home was a beautifully decorated safe haven to all of us and could always count on fried chicken, hamburger pies or even homemade donuts.  After staying home with Jake and Jeri until they were in school, she went to work for San Marcos Hotel.  A few years after she returned to the work force, she decided to leave her office job, she became a bartender at the “Old” Nortons and the fun began. She was the best barkeep around.  Her latest position included bartending at the Chandler Elks Lodge #2429, where she also held the title of Treasurer.  Donna married Richard on Nov. 8, 2008 in Las Vegas, NV.  They created many memories together, some of the best were her summers spent at Horseshoe Cineca Lake with family, close friends, and on several occasions, her grandchildren and even surrogate grandchildren. 

Please join us at Bueler Mortuary for Donna’s Celebration of Life on Saturday, August 27, 2016 at 10 am, 14 W Hulet Dr., Chandler, AZ  85225. A private reception for the family immediately follows.  In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Desert Cancer Foundation of Arizona http://desertcanceraz.org/

10 Comments

  • Vicki Stephens Parent Posted August 23, 2016 2:30 PM

    Donna and I became good friends after her family moved to Chandler. We, along with many other girls were in Brownies, Juniors, Cadets and Seniors Girl Scout. We spent many wonderful years together.. Donna was fun and was a good prankster. After many years apart, we connected on FaceBook.
    I thank God that I was able to be in contact again.
    My condolences to Mom Dyer, Dennis and Joyce and Donna’s family and friends.
    I pray that God keeps you in the hollow of his hand and gives you comfort and peace in this time of passing.
    In Jesus’ name,
    Vicki Stephens Parent

  • Heather Edgmon Posted August 23, 2016 2:38 PM

    Love you forever, my Fun Mom

  • Linda Posted August 23, 2016 3:48 PM

    Dear Cousin Donna, you will be missed, I am so sorry we didn’t get to see one another more but am so glad we had a visit last year. May you have peace and the comfort you deserve. Love you!

  • Sandy and Dick Posted August 23, 2016 5:13 PM

    I am a good friend of your mom. I met you several times. I feel like I knew you. Your mom was proud of you and talked about you all the time. My heart goes out to the family. God bless everyone in this hard time

  • Melody morrison Posted August 23, 2016 9:02 PM

    You were always making people smile and laugh during the good times and bad times thank you for all your love and support for everyone heaven has a wonderful angel now who will always live with us and in us my prayers go out to all who knew her and the way she touched their lives with great memories

  • Roxanne Bias Hibbitts Posted August 24, 2016 10:15 AM

    Here’s to our children, Cowboys and our wildchild ways. Here’s to monsoons and beers days. Here’s to my friend Donna Dyer I love you so very much.

    I am sorry Jake and Jeri and family and friends for our loss. May God bless us in our times of need.

  • Anita Jensen Compton Posted August 24, 2016 4:31 PM

    best times at Horseshoe Cienaca , see you on the other side

  • Patty Mchaffie Posted August 25, 2016 4:15 PM

    Love you Donna RIP Norm and patty

  • Dale Farmer and Karen Eagle Posted August 26, 2016 12:32 PM

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire families and all of Donna’s friends! Donna was a beautiful person and will be missed by so many.. We loved you Donna!!

  • Sandra Sollers Weatherly Posted August 27, 2016 6:11 AM

    After 46 years it’s time to say goodbye for now. I will be forever thankful that you are my friend, my secret keeper, my sister, but most of all My Kids “fun” Mom. Until we meet on the other side. I love you always, Sandy

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