Zoa Ann (Strickler) Donohue
1928 - 2020
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Zoa Ann (Strickler) Donohue, was born January 2, 1928 in Santee, CA to Dudley Stricker and Ida (Guffey) Strickler. She passed away January 29, 2020 at Southwest Memorial hospital in Cortez, CO.

Zoa Ann was born in Santee, CA where she enjoyed her childhood with her parents and brother Clyde. She married Emmett Donohue on August 30, 1948. Emmett and Zoa Ann built a house and farmed avocados in Fallbrook, CA until the California Division of Forestry transferred Emmett to Julian, CA in 1955. They raised their four children and were active in the community until Emmett's retirement in 1978.

They then moved to Silverton, CO for 3 years, where they remodeled an old house. Their next adventure was to remodel their home in Dolores, CO where they spent their last 40 years. They enjoyed traveling with their camp trailer going to garage sales across the country.

Zoa Ann enjoyed being a homemaker. She sewed for her girls, enjoyed crafts, and was known for her potholders and apple dolls she created and sold at craft shows. She also had a Smokey Bear and John Wayne Collection. She loved to read mysteries, a love she shared with her youngest daughter, daughter-in-law and niece. Zoa Ann always had a jig saw puzzle going, and loved watching rodeos and football. Her best friend was the telephone and the people on the other end.

Zoa Ann is survived by four children, Gail (Ralph) Klusman, Ignacio, CO; Kathryn (Ron) Serabia, Dolores, CO; Jane Neisler, Elko, NV; and Dale (Diana) Donohue, Dolores, CO; 8 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by husband Emmett and grandson Kevin Donohue.

No services are planned. Memorial donations can be made in Zoa Ann's name to the Dolores Public Library, PO Box 847, Dolores, CO, 81323 or the American Legion Auxiliary, 320 N. Harrison, St., Cortez, CO 81321.

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Published in The Journal on Feb. 3, 2020.
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March 24, 2020
Zoa Ann was our treasured neighbor. We put her in "charge" of our neighborhood watch and boy did she! St he was always on the lookout for us. We visited her twice a week with the newspaper and more often just to be among her positive presence, or to keep our puzzle making skills in check. One of her favorite phrases was "well, anyway..." Well, anyway you are missed sooo much, Zoa Ann!

Zoa Ann had great taste in beautiful art work,and we could sit and talk for hours and solve nothing. She always had a cold beer for me in her fridge and smile on her face.
I am one lucky neighbor to have her near and dear to me. Her mind did not fail her and she shared with me great knowledge. I miss my sweet Zoa Ann.
Colette and Dan Heeney
February 6, 2020
I will always remember Zoa Ann for the support she gave me when creating the "Hot Foot Teddy Collector's Association" back in 1994. After 25 years it has gone through a name change, it is now called "Smokey Bear Association" and will celebrate it's 25th year this year.
Rest In Peace Dear Friend!
Jim Van Meter
February 3, 2020
Zoa Ann was a special friend and client for many years. My Wednesday mornings and my heart have an empty space. She was a voracious reader,3-5 books a week. She would sit under the dryer reading, giggling and snacking on orange lifesavers. She loved John Wayne and would watch the movie Hell Fighters every New Years and this year was no different...I know God truly blessed me with Zoa Ann. She loved her husband, her children, family and friends deeply. I will miss her witty conversations and smile. Heaven is a star brighter...
Paula Luthi
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