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Donna Sue Armes April 15, 1939 - July 29, 2023

Donna Sue Bishop was born in Carnegie, Oklahoma to Henry and Lillian Geneva Bishop on April 15, 1939. Donna lived in California most of her life. She grew up in the central valley attending Downey High School in Modesto and in her senior year her family moved to Palo Alto where she graduated from Menlo Atherton High School in 1956. Donna had a younger brother Gary Bishop and a younger sister Karen Bishop that she loved with all her heart. They are now all reunited again in Heaven.

Donna married Lester Ray Armes the day after she graduated on June 15, 1957. Donna and Ray lived in Modesto for almost a year until he was drafted into the Army to serve in Korea. She then returned to live with her mother in Palo Alto while Ray was in the service. Ray had two sons Clinton and Robert Armes from his first marriage and she loved them like they were her own.

Donna started working for Sears repair center in Redwood City and later moved to the payroll department in Mountain View. When Ray returned from the Army, they made their home in Fremont. In December 1960 they had a daughter Debra Sue. Ray was redrafted back to the Army to service again for another year in 1961. After serving for the second time, he returned to his job as an Operating Engineer and they made their home in Milpitas. In November 1970 they had another daughter Tamara Beth. Donna stayed home to care for her family for about six years.

In 1973 they bought a house and moved to San Jose. On April 24, 1976 Donna returned to work at Applied Materials in Santa Clara. Donna and Ray divorced in July 1977 and she never married again but remained great friends with her ex-husband until he passed away on March 31, 2005. Donna continued her working career at Applied Materials until December 2000. She worked her way up from an assembler to Management. During her time at Applied Materials, she traveled to Israel to set up quality processes and even met George W. Bush when he visited the company.

Donna was very generous through the years helping many family members and friends. She was always someone you could count on. She loved her family, to travel, ice cream and her dogs.

When Donna retired in 2000, she sold her home in San Jose and moved to Turlock to be close to her family. Her oldest daughter Debra Armes-Salvemini, her granddaughters Summer Salvemini and Stormy Salvemini Russo. Her younger daughter Tamara Armes and her grandson Forest Armes. Besides her daughters, sons and grandchildren, she has many nieces and nephews she is leaving behind that she loved very much.

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