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Donna Hardy Lake

May 10, 2011

Donna Hardy Lake

A celebration of life is being planned for 6 p.m. Saturday, July 16 at Round Valley School for Donna Hardy Lake. A Facebook group has been created for remembrances at “Celebrate the Life of Donna Hardy Lake.”
Born July 17, 1933 in Torrance to Ruth McKisson and Herbert Hardy, Donna died at her home in Round Valley from complications of Alzheimer’s Disease on May 1, 2011. She was 77.
In 1947 Donna and her family, Herb, Ruth and younger brother, Donald, moved from San Pedro to Round Valley. The family lived in a tent while Herb and Ruth built a “boulder house” in the south-west corner of “Forty Acres.”
Donna completed four years at Bishop Union High School, graduating with the class of 1951, and four years later graduated from Long Beach State College with a BA in English and Political Science.
She taught kindergarten for a year at Round Valley School, where her mother taught for many years.
In 1956 she married Gary Lake, just out of the Navy. She taught in Rosemead while he went to the Art Center College of Design, graduating in 1960.
Hired by General Motors as a graphic and exhibit designer, they lived and she taught in Warren, Mich. for two miserable winters, then they moved back to California and started having babies. They moved back home to Bishop in 1965.
Gary replaced Aim Morhardt, his former high school art teacher at BUHS who was retiring; and Donna, when her children were well into their education, went back to teaching at Round Valley School from 1978 through 1989. In 1972 they built a house on Mustang Mesa, where they lived until her passing.
Donna loved teaching, especially beginning reading. She was a quiet activist; against most wars; several times president of the local League of Women Voters. She wanted to be thought of as “part of the solution,” preferring diplomacy over confrontation (unless she was pushed too hard.) She enjoyed Athena and reading groups, “wildflowering” and “grandchilding.” Her favorite hobby was obviously conversation.
Donna was a caring and gracious woman of considerable wit, with a positive nature that served her well in every part of her life; especially for her caregivers as they and she dealt with the disease that took her life. She will be missed and remembered lovingly by her family, her friends, and many of her former students and their parents.
Donna is survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Donald and Olga Hardy; husband, Gary Lake; children, Paul Lake and his wife Anne, Mark Lake and Ruth Fields; and grandchildren, Aaron, Emma and Evan Lake, Taylor Fields and Hannah Lemos.

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