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Donna L. Umback
November 17, 1956 - March 23, 2023

Place of Birth: Sidney, Montana
Residence: Fairview, Montana
Age: 66

Donna (Christiansen) Umback of Fairview, MT was born November 17, 1956, to Alma (Gustafson) and Marion Christiansen. She grew up on the family farm northwest of Fairview and was the second of five children. Donna attended 1st through 12th grade at Fairview School, graduating from FHS in 1975. She went on to Beauty School in Miles City, MT. Her return to Fairview after completing her education led to an introduction to Randy Umback at the Triangle Night Club in Sidney. The couple dated for one year before uniting in marriage on August 20, 1977, at Zion Church. They were blessed with two children: daughter Rachel and son Zachery. Donna was welcomed by the Lord into Paradise on Thursday, March 23, 2023, with the occasion celebrated by a spectacular display of the northern lights that evening.

Donna had a knack for making everyone around her feel loved. She didn’t have to say the words to make you know she cared for you. She showed it to you in her actions, and you especially felt it when she gave you her big Donna hugs “Ooo ahh, love you”. She worked for many years at KD’s Cut & Curl and the Hair Force making the whole town look their best. She also spent the last 10 years working at the Oasis Casino. Even if you didn’t have luck on the machine, you hit the jackpot by just walking in and spending the evening with her. Donna was raised a farm kid and continued being part of this Ag community by driving beet truck for 25 years. One of Donna’s favorite pastimes was playing in a pool league where she made many friends from surrounding towns. She loved the sunshine and working in her flower beds. She never ever complained about the heat but would occasionally say it was getting a little toasty out - never that it was hot.

Donna was rarely seen without a Dr. Pepper in her hand, a smile on her face, and flip flops on her feet. One of her very favorite trips was to Hawaii because sunshine, sand, and seashells made her heart smile. It didn’t take much to please Donna. So many things brought her joy, but nothing brought more pride than her family. She loved her kids fiercely, was so proud of them and made sure they knew it. She was Rachel’s biggest cheerleader and Zach’s #1 roadie. She loved listening to Zach play a gig & went to every show she could. Her grandchildren were the lights of her life. She wore the grandma title proudly and made sure every one of them knew how much she adored them. She even became “Grandma Donna” to many of the grandkid’s friends.

She had so much strength. Even in the depths of her battle with cancer, her courage and grace were unparalleled. Her last Facebook post was a quote that reads, “No matter what happens in life, be good to people. Being good to people is a wonderful legacy to leave behind. “ Ephesians 4:32 says, “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another as God in Christ forgave you.” Goodness, kindness, tenderheartedness, that will be your earthly legacy, and for the rest of our days we will miss you. We thank God we’re able to know that someday you will greet us in Paradise.

Donna is survived by her husband of 45 years, Randy; daughter, Rachel (Stevie) Andrews; son, Zach (Brittany) Umback; grandchildren, Hallie and Grady Andrews and Kyra, Axel, Zaven, and Nash Umback; Mother, Alma Christiansen; siblings, Rodger (Debbie) Christiansen, Diane Miller, MaryAnn (Darin) Danielson, and Richard (Cindy) Christiansen; sister-in-law Linda Posivio; brother-in-law Rick Umback; several nieces and nephews; and many special friends that she considered family.

She is preceded in death by her father, Marion Christiansen; in-laws, George and Alice Umback; aunts, Annie Christiansen and Ida Vertner; uncle, Jimmy Christiansen; brother-in-law, Don Posivio; numerous other aunts and uncles; and several nephews.

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Dave Shannon (McClusky, ND)
Mar 26, 2023
We are sorry to hear about Donna. She will be greatly missed by many people. We will keep the family in our thoughts and prayers.
Buck & Kim Syth (Twin Falls, ID)
Mar 26, 2023
Prayers and condolences to the Umback and Christensen families.
Ava (Bismarck, ND)
Mar 26, 2023
My heart is saddened, by your loss of absolutely beautiful woman. Who has touched so many lives. My prayers are with you.
Becky Heinle (Park City, MT)
Mar 26, 2023
Umback and Christianson families…sending prayers and hugs…
Mary Norgard (Fairview, MT)
Mar 27, 2023
My heart goes out to Donnas family. She will be missed by many, including me. Sending my love hugs and prayers.
Linda Simonsen (Girard)
Mar 27, 2023
To all of Donna's family, know that you are being lifted up in prayer by all who knew her. May God be your comfort as you face the days ahead. Linda and Kenny
Lynn Foldesi (Williston, ND)
Mar 27, 2023
Diane and family,
Prayers for you and the family
Pam Sharp (Glasgow, MT)
Mar 27, 2023
Donna was a very kind and awsome lady! She had a whole lot of love for her family and grandkids. She will be missed so much by so many people! RIP my friend
Crystal Stai (Sidney, MT)
Mar 27, 2023
I'm so sorry to hear about Donna's passing. Always smiling and friendly. She was loved by all who knew her and will be missed by all.
Devin and Emixia Dahl (Fairview, MT)
Mar 27, 2023
Donna was always so kind to me. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.
Kathy Black (Sidney, MT)
Mar 27, 2023
My deepest sympathies MaryAnn and Diane.
Don Bieber (Petersburg, Alaska)
Mar 27, 2023
As a FHS classmate, I have fond memories of Donna. We were homecoming King and Queen riding on Dave Dschaak's care in the parade. We will miss you but always remeber you at our class reunions. My sympathies and God's blessing to your family.
Crystal Amundson (Williston , ND)
Mar 28, 2023
I was so sad to hear of Donna's passing. She was such a beautiful person. I will so miss her and the talks we had when ever I saw her. Prayers for her family and all her friends.
Reed Barr (Glenrock, Wyoming)
Mar 28, 2023
Saddened to learn of Donna's passing. I will keep her families in my prayers. She was so kind, actually her whole family, to the "new guys" that moved in from Texas in 1968. So many good memories. Another kind soul returned to God.
Jennie Horn (Belgrade, Montana)
Mar 28, 2023
So many great memories of getting together with Donna and her sister, Diane. We enjoyed being Cousins and having so many times of laughter where our cheeks would start to hurt. She will be missed by so many relatives and friends. Donna was gifted with such a loving heart and soul. Let our God's Peace guide our Hearts.
Laura Sundheim (Hardin, Montana)
Mar 28, 2023
So sorry to hear of Donna's passing. I will forever remember our bus rides on Hubert's bus and all the laughs we shared playing "Plump, Plump, Pony" and the other goofy things that little kids do. Donna had an infectious spirit and a positive vibe that made everyone feel welcome and at ease whatever the occasion. I was pretty shy growing up and she helped build my confidence since she was the "senior" member of our class and I was next to youngest (that honor went to Ronnie Evan!) To Donna's children and grandchildren; please know how much others respected and admired Donna and the lasting impact she had on all of us. God Bless you all as each of you carry a part of her with you to honor her life. Deepest Condolences.
Shannon Cone (Mandan , ND)
Mar 28, 2023
So sorry for the loss of Donna. Praying your memories will bring you some comfort
Jayson & Kristin Fetterman (Bozeman , Montana)
Mar 28, 2023
While we did not have the chance to meet Donna, we have the immense privilege of knowing the intelligent, spirited and beautiful woman she raised. Rachel, and family, we are so deeply sorry for your loss. Our prayers and condolences are with you.
Annabelle M. Heiser (Helena, MT)
Mar 28, 2023
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. She was a very special person who did her best to try to make me look good! I still miss having my hair cut by her. Our loss is Heavens gain. Prays go out to her family. May God be with you.
Clay Helland (Fairview)
Mar 28, 2023
I will miss Donna's laugh, the love of sunshine, honest opinions, updates on her family and genuine caring for others. Donna has been encouraging and inspiring. I always felt at home around Donna. My thoughts are with Donna's family, friends and all who knew her.
Ron & Mitzi Sharbono (Greenville , South Carolina)
Mar 29, 2023
Sorry to here of your loss
Eunice (Newcomb) Christophersen (Grassy Butte , ND)
Mar 31, 2023
Prayers and Sympathy to Donna's family and mother Alma. I remember her from the years I taught at FHS. (72-76)
Don Bouchard (Waconia, Minnesota )
Apr 17, 2023
Our deepest sympathies and prayers are with the family. Donna was one of those people who made the Fairview community a welcome place to live. May God comfort and give peace.
Don & Melody Bouchard
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