Donna Buechler

Donna Templin Buechler

July 4, 1936 — May 18, 2019

From Richland, WABorn in Billings, MT

Celebration of Life

Donna Templin Buechler, 82, of Richland became free from the plaque and tangles in her beautiful brain on May 18, 2019

Mom was born July 4th, 1936 in Billings, Montana to Ralph and Lucille Templin. She was raised in the small town of Bridger, until graduation in 1954.

In 1957, she married Joe Buechler and together they created a world of love and happiness for their two daughters. Believing they were part gypsy, they moved the family every few years. Billings to Rapelji, to Big Timber to Colville. After retirement, they finally settled in Richland, WA to be near their two daughters.

Mom worked odd jobs until she found her niche as city clerk in Big Timber. After moving to Colville, mom earned her degree in accounting in the early 80’s. She took her new skills and worked at Mount Carmel Hospital in the accounting department until retiring in 2001. After retirement her boredom and love of gardening led her to the Master Gardeners Program. She spent countless hours at the demonstration gardens along with mentoring new recruits. Her dedication earned her the Master Gardener of the year in 2006. Some of her plants and handiwork can still be found there.

She passed along her love of music, poetry and, reading to her daughters. Her melodic voice enthralled us as children and sometimes embarrassed us as teens. She continued singing almost until the end. Mom had the most amazing ability to make life fun. Beautiful hand drawn paper dolls had us hoping for rainy days, and cold weather meant ice skating on a frozen pond. Her talent as an artist adorns our walls as treasured gifts.

Mostly, mom was kind! Let that be her legacy!

Mom is preceded in death by her husband, parents, and brother, Dick Templin.

Those left behind, trying to fill a void are her daughters; Joni Aalgaard (Barry) of Pasco, WA and Tacine Schuyler (Richard) of Richland, WA along with her sister, Pat Jurkovich of Red Lodge, MT. She also left 4 grandchildren; Megan, Jennifer, Jessica, and Tyler; also leaving 7 great grandchildren and 1 great, great grandchild.

Memorial Service will be held Thursday, May 30th at 2:00 pm at Events at Sunset, 915 Bypass Hwy, Richland, WA. Inurnment will be at a later date in Red Lodge, MT.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Tri City Chaplaincy Hospice or the Alzheimer’s Association.

Donna now knows who Donna is.

Guestbook for

Donna Templin Buechler

  • To the family, My sincere condolences for the loss of your loved one. May the words at Psalm 46:1 and 2 Corinthians 1:3,4 comfort you in this time of sorrow.

    May 29, 2019
  • After approximately 40 years, I still remember your mother when we both belonged to the Blue Blazers in Billings . . And I was amazed and a little jealous when she decided to take tap dancing lessons which was something she had wanted to do for a long time. She was so dedicated to that. I’m sure she tapped her way to heaven! My condolences to all the family. Lois Greene

    Lois (Simic) Greene
    May 28, 2019
    Portland, Oregon
  • I remember Donna from her time in Rapelje. My mom and dad were Gert and Don Hemphill. I have fond memories of Donna as someone who always had a smile and tons of energy! Dad died in 2012 and Mom died last year. Becky and Iive in Spokane and I think she and I were in a Girl Scout troop that Donna helped with. Great memories of a wonderful person!

    Mona Hemphill Griffin
    May 26, 2019
    Spokane, Washington
  • We have wonderful memories of our friendship with Donna and Joe and the girls when we lived in Rapelje. You girls and Lisa were always together playing. Donna was such a beautiful lady and very kind with a great sense of humor. Please accept our sincere sympathy of your loss and we will always remember your mom as she was in those fun days in Rapelje. Blessings to all!

    FITCHNER, Glen and Peggy and family
    May 26, 2019
    Billings, MT
  • My Aunt Donna, Kind is right. She would take in 5 of the most unruly kids I know, and love them. It had to have been hard, and I’m sure we tested her patience..but I never knew, she never showed it. Something else I didn’t know at the time, but she led my career path. I thought she had the coolest job in the world, and I wanted to be just like her. She also gave me my love of cucumber salad, and German breakfast. I will miss her, she was a great soul.

    Debbie Templin Maddox
    May 25, 2019
    Broomfield, CO
  • Mom was a loving woman. She showed love to the strays her daughter brought home! Rest In Peace Beautiful!❤️😘

    May 23, 2019
  • I had picked Donna up a few times when she would ride the bus. She was always very pleasant and cheerful. Before I realized it was Tacine 'S mom, I asked Racine to describe her Mom. Tacine said "she smiles all the Time". Then I knew who her Mom was. A beautiful tribute for a beautiful woman. Cherish the memories. My sincere condolences for the family.

    Carol Bowman
    May 23, 2019
    Rock-and-roll, WA
  • I was lucky enough to know her daughter very well and the love that she showed to her mother is outstanding. I was not fortunate enough to know Donna. But knowing how her daughter is and the faith that she has I know that Donna must a been a wonderful mom

    Colleen Marshall
    May 23, 2019
  • We met the parents of our lifelong friends and knew right away they were both special. Donna ALWAYS had a smile on her beautiful face and an open heart. She is perhaps the kindest person I have ever met. We feel blessed to have had them both in our lives and they called us friends. Jim n Barb Calvisky

    Barb Calvisky
    May 23, 2019
    Yakima Wa
  • She gave the world two beautiful daughters to carry on her gift of “spreading the sunshine.” Now her garden will grow as her family blossoms. Spread your wings.

    Kris Ruddy
    May 23, 2019
  • I met Donna at several of my " yard sales" in early years.I live at 641.Very friendly and always enjoyed herself!!She leaves 2 daughter one of whom is Joni.May she be at peace.

    rose archer
    May 23, 2019
    richland cottonwood dr
  • I'll always remember Donna's smile, her great sense of humor, her love for her family, and of course her dedication to the MG demo garden . Without her encouragement I wouldn't have stayed in the Master Gardener program. We spent many hours together in the garden and other MG activities and I'll cherish those memories always. She was a very special lady! My heart goes out to her family -- I'm sure they miss her dearly, as I do.

    Sherri Witt
    May 23, 2019
    Issaquah WA
  • I am so sorry for your loss. It is a hard road ahead! I know she is at peace, however when the shock and bustle at this will come a time you will need your friends the most!! Love you loads always here for you.

    Pamela Jennings
    May 22, 2019
  • Sweet, sweet Donna! We enjoyed many years of watching fireworks with you! We will miss your sweet smile, but hold the memory in our hearts! Our love to your family!

    Perry and Tina Perrault
    May 22, 2019
  • To Tacine an Family, I am so sorry for your great loss. From what I have heard your Mom was a wonderful Lady. I know you will miss her forever.

    Suzanne Gagner
    May 22, 2019
    Burbank Heights, Wa.

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