Donna Buckley, 88, dies in Glenwood Springs |

Donna Buckley, 88, dies in Glenwood Springs

Daily Staff Writer

Donna Maurita Buckley, whose son and daughter-in-law were longtime Vail residents and who married into one of Colorado’s pioneer families, died Sunday in Glenwood Springs. She was 88. Buckley was born May 8, 1916 in Corwin, Kansas to Benjamin and Nora Pierce. She married Robert E. Buckley Sr., a son of one of Colorado’s earliest pioneer mountain families. His mother, Alice Buckley, was the first registered birth in the territory of Colorado. Donna and Robert Buckley lived in Silver Plume for many years before moving to Denver. After Robert’s death in 1980, Donna lived in Mesa, Ariz., for several years before moving to Grand Junction and marrying Ben Gregory, who remained a close and loving friend until her death.Donna had a lifelong love of music and her passions were singing with her sisters Benora, Mildred, Irma and Ruth, and collecting antiques, restoring historic homes in Central City and traveling, friends and family members said. Donna is survived by her children, Robert Gary Buckley and wife Julie, Donald E. Buckley and wife Kathie, Robert E. Buckley Jr. and wife Donna C., and Sheila Mincer and husband Larry; 10 grandchildren; and eight great grandchildren.Robert E. Buckley Jr. and Donna C. Buckley were residents of Vail for 30 years, raising children Brian, John and Amanda. A Catholic Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m., Saturday, at Our Lady of Lourdes in Georgetown. Interment will follow at the Silver Plume Cemetery with a reception afterwards in the Silver Plume Town Hall.Vail, Colorado

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