Donna Rene' Delp


November 22, 2023

Donna Rene' Delp, age 88 of Richey, Montana made her last "Fall Gather" as she rode into The Great Divide at the McCone County Health Center in Circle, Montana. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM on Friday, November 17, 2023 at the Richey Senior Center in Richey with Curt McCamish officiating. Silha Funeral Home of Glendive, Montana has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Donna was born on October 14, 1935 to her parents Ervin and Ethel (Schwend) Ellis in Bridger, Montana, upstairs in Grandma Schwend's house. She went to grade school at St. Xavier, Montana and graduated from Hardin High School in Hardin, Montana with the class of 1953. Following high school, she attended cosmetology school and started working as a hairdresser. Donna was united in marriage to Bob Delp on December 16, 1956 in Hardin after his discharge from the Army. To this union two children were born, Rob and Karen. After Bob finished college, they moved to Lodge Grass, Montana where he taught school for four years. They moved to the badlands of North Dakota where they ranched for two years. In 1964 they moved to the ranch in Richey where they have remained ever since.

Donna felt blessed to enjoy the marvels of God's creation, whether it be a beautiful sunset, a newborn calf, or her ability to be a mother and grandmother to a healthy family she so prized. She was a wonderful cook, a hard worker, and a country gal that loved the ranch and remained by Bob's side for sixty-six years. She was a lifelong member of the United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers-in-law, George Eichhorn, Jack Delp, and Grandson-in-law Brandon Birkley.

She is survived by her husband, Bob Delp of Richey, two children, son Rob (Carla) Delp of Vida and their children, Ashley Delp (Kris), Shanele Sant (Tyler) with their children Mason, Finley and Treyson, Lee Delp (Grace) and Brett Delp; daughter Karen (Mike) Trotter of Richey and their children, Jim Trotter (Dawn) with their children, Haley and Madison, Jay Trotter (Tonia) with their children, Tess and Tori and Jennifer White (Dusty) with their children, Kinsley, Sydney, Landynn and Breckyn; one brother, Gerald (Mary Dell) Ellis of Miles City, Montana; two sisters, JoAnn (Paul) Stenerson of Conrad, Montana and Betty Lou Eichhorn of White Sulphur Springs, Montana; special sister-in-law Donna Delp of Ballantine, Montana; special son and daughter Marv and Jan Brown of Billings, Montana and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Donna's name are suggested to the charity of one's choice.

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