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Donna Lee (Dykeman) Pecastaing

Died: Sun., Jul. 4, 2021

Celebration of Life

4:00 PM Wed., Jul. 28, 2021
Location: Salvation Army Church

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Missoula - Donna Lee Pecastaing, age 77, of Missoula, Montana, went home to join our Lord on July 4th, 2021. Donna was born on October 21, 1944, in Cheyenne, Wyoming and moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1953. She graduated from Sandia High School and went on to get her teaching degree in music from the University of New Mexico. Music has encompassed Donna’s life since she was a little girl. She found great joy in teaching, playing, and singing. At the beginning of her career, she taught chorus, music, guitar and drama in Cuba, New Mexico. For years she positively affected the lives of that community. Music was not the only thing she taught the children of Cuba. She showed them how to be creative. Building stage sets, making flood lights out of coffee cans and constructing dimmer boards for productions, were a few of her many talents. She taught everyone a great lesson; you can do almost anything if you have a roll of duct tape and some nails. Before she retired from teaching, Donna taught on the Zuni reservation in New Mexico, where she again brought wonderful new experiences to that community. Upon retirement, she decided to start a new adventure and moved to Montana. After relocating to Missoula, Donna quickly found her way into the music scene. She performed at many nursing homes around town and participated in several bands. She taught numerous people to play guitar and piano, again, sharing her passion for music. She also loved to learn, whether it was a new instrument or how to use a cool new tool, Donna was up for the challenge. Donna never met a stranger. She enjoyed visiting with people and liked to help anyone in need. Her deep faith in God guided her through her life and she always said everything would be fine, no matter what it was, because the Lord was watching over her. In addition to music, Donna had a huge interest in Ham Radio. She belonged to the Hellgate Amateur Ham Radio club in Missoula. She held the position of secretary for many years. Donna was very service oriented. The club provided public service communication through amateur radio for public events. Donna worked in the home health industry in Missoula for years, where she took great joy in the service of helping people and making new friends. Donna is preceded in death by her parents, Kenneth and Hazel Dykeman of Albuquerque, New Mexico and is survived by her sister, Janis Grant of Olympia, Washington and her niece, Kimberly Phillips of Federal Way, Washington. Donna will be deeply missed by everyone that knew her. A celebration of life will be held on July 28th at 4 P.M. at the Salvation Army Church located at 355 South Russell Street, Missoula, MT. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.whitesittfuneralhome.com.

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   Posted Tue July 20, 2021
I was saddened to see that Donna has passed. She came to Edgewood to play for the residents for the 10 years that I was there. Sending prayer to the family. She will be missed.

Rev. Paul Armstrong
   Posted Tue July 20, 2021
To the loved ones and family of Donna Lee Pecastaing: It was my true honor and privilege to have been asked in August 2008 to serve on the Code of Conduct / By-Laws / Grievance Committees for the Missoula Senior Citizen's Center of whom Donna was a very active member. With four other members of the Center we met weekly thru February 2012 to establish a better operation of the Center and those who attend its regular monthly meetings and partake in the myriad of activities the Center provided.
Donna's expertise, grasp of the issues surrounding the Center and working knowledge of the committee members made numerous inroads for the betterment of the Center during the 'trying time' the Center was experiencing. The committee was a cohesive unit and worked well due to Donna's desire to aid and assist those who entered the doors of The Missoula Senior Citizen's Center.
In November 2015, it was my honor and privilege to have been approached to provide a monthly worhsip service at The Springs Assisted Living Unit. My first Sunday assignment found Donna playing the piano in the second floor Chapel and singing along with the residents in attendance. Her desire to share her talent at the piano and sharing with the residents made each subsequent second Sunday a warm and fuzzy feeling time for myself all who attended each worship service provided by myself.
With the greatest sense of sadness and condolences for those who have shared in Donna's life and have come away the most better for it, my prayers of comfort are with you all.
To you Donna Lee (Dykeman) Pecastaing, it is my fervent prayer that you will be in the first group of those who I [Lord willing] shall meet when my turn to depart this life is accomplished.
/s/ The Reverend Paul Edw. Armstrong, Missoula, Montana

Terry Boston & Joanne Puccinelli/Boston
   Posted Fri July 23, 2021
We are sorry to read about Donna's death. She will always be remembered as an angel in our family. Donna taught voice lessons, keyboard, and the harmonica to our Granddaughter Melina. Melina has a rare form of cerebral palsy. She is bright but only can use one hand. Everything Donna did helped Melina especially the voice lessons. Melina has sung at school
assemblies, special events, and at half time for the Grizzly Basketball Half Time. She will be a sophomore at the U of M. Donna was an awesome teacher and a faithful friend. I am sure she has her wings because she truly walked the Christian Path! We aill always love you, Donna.
Terry and Joanne

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