Saturday, January 6, 2018

Original Maybelline family descendant, Donna Williams, passed away January 2nd. 2018

0n January 2, 2018, my beautiful sister, Donna Jean Williams passed away in her Dana Point home after a year long battle with cancer.

Donna was born, March 24, 1949, in Santa Monica, California and grew up in Culver City, CA. An original descendant of the famed Maybelline family and MGM executives.

She attended Westchester Lutheran School, Linda Vista Grammar School, in Blair Hills CA, Notra Dame Academy, Culver City Jr and High School and finally Santa Monica High School and College.

Donna 1966
She loved surfing and got her first Dewey Weber surfboard on her 15th Birthday in 1964. From that time on she spent most of her time at the beaches in Santa Monica, where she hung out with a group of surfers  who represented Zephyr surfboard shop in surf competitions in the early 70's.

"The Z Boys" became a big part of Donna's life and she was there at the birth of skateboarding in Santa Monica and Venice CA. She was also interested in a modeling career and attended Patricia Stevens Modeling School and eventually became an extra in several films.

Donna with her cousins Nancy and Chuck Williams at her parents home on Lido Isle, 1971

in 1970's she lived in Marina Del Rey and enjoyed many endless summers as part of the surf generation. 

Donna and her brother Preston 1978
In the 1980's Donna began an active real estate career in Marina Del Rey . Eventually she transferred to the Dana Point CA office to be near family members. On a daily basis, Donna could be seen walking her popular poodle Lola at the Harbor. 
Donna in France on Bastille Day, 1972
Donna was a lifelong patron of the arts, world traveler, an animal activist, gifted gardener and a talented artist.

                                  "A true fashionista."

Donna and Lola 2016
In latter years she attained a business degree at Vanguard University and continued both her real estate and family financial consultant work for many years.

Donna, January 2017, right after being diagnosed stage one cancer.

 She possessed a delightful spark for life,
 full of creativity, humor and compassion enjoyed
 by all who knew her.

 She'll be especially missed by her sisters Sharrie
Lynn Williams, Billee Rae Williams,and her brother 
William Preston Williams lll.

Donna with Georgia, Craig, Rex and Kai, at her home, one month before her death

as well as her niece Georgia Youtsey, (Craig) grandnephews Kailer and Rex Youtsey and a multitude of friends, fans and colleagues.  

Donna with her sister Billee, and great nephews, Kai and Rex
A memorial party is being planned in the Spring.  Location and time will be posted soon. 

Sharrie and Donna Williams at Crystal Cove 2012

Inseparable. I will miss you until we meet again sweet sister. 

Venice Beach 80s

Never having children on her own, she was a second mother to my daughter, Georgia.
Donna 1980's Venice Beach roller skating
Obituary in Sunday LA Times

Sharrie and Donna Williams at Culver City High School

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