Donna Kindschy Donna Kindschy Smith White

Donna Kindschy

Rest In Peace...
January 28, 2021
Updated: August 10, 2010

Those fortunate enough to have known Donna Jane (Kindschy) White are greatly saddened by her death Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Donna was born Aug. 23, 1947, in Kalispell, Mont., to Dwight and Mary Jane Kindschy. She grew up in Moscow, graduated from Moscow High School in 1965 and received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Idaho.

Even as a child, Donna was a bright spark of energy, always adventurous and excited to explore unfamiliar places. This love of adventure would permeate her entire life, as she was never afraid to embark on new experiences. She had an uncanny ability to tackle whatever challenges she encountered with inner strength and resolve. Donna spent many memorable summers with her family at her maternal grandparents’ farm near Kalispell, Mont., and at her father’s family farm in Hingham, Mont. Donna worked two summers in Glacier National Park at Lake McDonald Lodge, and loved hiking and meeting people from all over the world.

She began her career as a teacher and taught elementary school in Jefferson County, Colo., Dayton and Spokane. After planning a trip to Europe for her son and daughter’s Silver Spurs dance tour, her passion for traveling was ignited.

She was an amazing travel agent because she cared deeply about her clients and tailored each vacation to their individual needs. She spent hours researching destinations, then prepared a detailed itinerary outlining every aspect of a trip, ensuring the entire trip would be perfect.

After taking a few trips with Donna, her husband, Jim, would tease her about taking time just to relax, as Donna’s energy was boundless, and she was always ready to go full speed ahead! Australia and New Zealand were her two favorite destinations, and both the Australian and New Zealand governments honored her as an official travel consultant. She traveled “down under” many times and loved to plan trips there for her clients. It is a fitting tribute to Donna’s outgoing, cheerful, and warm personality, that her clients frequently became personal friends.

Donna was always willing to volunteer wherever there was a need. She was active in Chapter E, P.E.O., Pi Beta Phi Alumni Club and her book club. She participated in Ham on Regal and Silver Spurs dance, was a Camp Fire leader and an accomplished seamstress. Donna organized and participated in tours for the Spokane Chapter of Quilters. Also a talented artist, she enjoyed drawing and painting. She was knowledgeable in all aspects of gardening, and spent hours working with Jim to transform their back yard into a beautiful, peaceful oasis, resplendent with flowers and fruit.

She is survived by her husband, Franklin James White (Jim); and her three children from a prior marriage, Alicia Smith Baumgardner (Randy), Marcy Smith, and Dwight Smith; her two sisters, Jan Gower (Richard) and Marigail Sulpizio; niece Tamara Gower; and nephews Jeffrey Gower, Daniel Gower, Scott Sulpizio and Emilio Sulpizio. Donna was much loved and will be greatly missed.

Spouse: F Jim White
A wonderful guy. I met him working on a white water raft trip. He loves the outdoors - all the seasons. He has really enriched my life.
Dwight, Marcy and Alicia (sitting)
Dwight, Marcy and Alicia

Alicia Baumgardner now in Youngsville, PA Randy and her have 3 cats, 2 pugs, and 15 chickens and 1 turtle - these I guess are my Grandchildren!  .
MarcySmith - CLC for NorthCoast Electric located in Bellevue WA
Dwight Smith now living ia a wonderful group home in Spokane Valley

Donna and Jim on Chatcolett

It seems like time is going so much faster than it used to!

After graduating from the University of Idaho in '69, I taught outside of Denver for one year, then back to school for Masters credits in Education. Dayton, Walla Walla and Readon WA followed until 1981 when we moved to Spokane WA. By this time we had 3 children. I've taught pre-school, 1st grade - 6th grad and special needs children. When teaching, never did I realize I would have a child with schizophrenia. We wish mental illness on no one. What a different world we have had to experience and learn about. 
In 1991 I traveled to Europe as a chaperone with High School students and the travel bug hit! I changed from teaching to planning travel. In 1992 I began my Travel career where I use my minors of history, art, drama, geography and interests in culture and countries.
The internet has help my business - I now have clients all over the United States. I'm a Premier Aussie Specialist - one of 80 chosen by Australia Tourism. I have been able travel to Australia many times, and in August 2015 I'm going to the Red Center and Top End.   As Kiwi Specialist (New Zealand) Jim and I explored a part of New Zealand not mentions often in November, 2014 the Coromandel Pennisula. Prior to this we went from Sydney to Carins along the Eastern Australia Coast.
My company is Journeys Down Under, LLC.  and email is

My Dad, Dwight Kindschy passed away 2 weeks from age 98. My Mother- Mary Jane is now 103 and still going.  Time spent with Mom is amazing.

Jim and I both enjoy camping and the great outdoors so we try to escape to the woods as often as possibe. When we married in 2005 Jim remodeled our home, plus we landscaped adding tons of dirt and large boulders. What a way to begin a marriage! Jim is now retired, I'm trying to figure out how to retire (I have trips in 2016 and 2017 I'm working on for clients).

Sydney, next is Cathedral Cove, New Zealand
Sydney, next is Cathedral Cove, New Zealand
at the Australia Zoo with a koala
at the Australia Zoo with a Koala
Kayaking with Jim
Kayaking with Jim

We still live by "the world is our playground, and we have a lot of playing left to do!".

Friends are so important in this life! If you are coming to Spokane let us know! We are usually home, or nearby, and look forward to seeing you.


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