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Donna Jean Bush Fuhrman
(October 24, 1945 - June 21, 2012)

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Donna Bush Fuhrman, age 66 of White Earth, MN, died Thursday, June 21, 2012 under Hospice Care of the Red River Valley at her daughter’s home.

Donna Jean Bush, the daughter of Charles and Eliza (Goodman) Bush was born on October 24, 1945 in Cass Lake, MN. She grew up in the Mahnomen, MN, and Naytahwaush, MN, areas where she attended school. As a young woman, Donna moved to Minneapolis, MN. While living there she met Doug Fuhrman and the couple was united in marriage in 1978. The couple made their home in Grand Forks, ND for many years and Donna worked for the potato factory. She later worked for a time as a certified nursing assistant. Donna continued her education at Northland Community and Technical College in East Grand Forks, MN, where she was trained as a surgical technician. In 2000, Donna moved to Cass Lake and then back to the White Earth area in 2001 to make her home.

Donna was very kindhearted and a true caregiver. She tenderly cared for her father until the time of his death and loved spending time with her grandchildren. She was known for her cooking and always had a meal ready for family. Donna greatly enjoyed attending pow-wow’s and was a Jingle Dress dancer. She was often found quietly reading or doing crossword puzzles but Donna also liked to go camping, go to the casino, and play Bingo.

Donna is survived by four daughters: Penny Fuhrman, Norma (Loren) Fuhrman, and Lori Hill, all of White Earth, and Jackie Black of Mahnomen; one sister, Mary Lou Bush of Casper, WY; one uncle, Jim Bush of White Earth; numerous grandchildren; as well as many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her parents; two nephews, Rob and Mark Hilliard; and her cousin Ivan Bush.

Traditional Native American services will be held Wednesday, June 27, 2012 at 10 am at the White Earth Community Center. All night wake will begin on Tuesday, June 26, 2012 at 5 pm with a service at 7 pm and continue until the time of the service on Wednesday.

Burial will be in the Samuel Memorial Episcopal Cemetery, Naytahwaush, MN.

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