Where are they now? Donna (Gamber) Salyards
March 16, 1935, to Raymond "Shorty" Gamber and Vada (Elliott) Gamber, Donna has
two sisters; Shirley Rhoades, of State College, and Barbara Barr of Germantown,
Donna's father is deceased, but
her mother continues to enjoy good health and, though elderly, manages to live
six months of the year in Florida and the remaining six months in Nanty Glo. "I
had two wonderful parents who gave me a great foundation," says Donna.
Donna Gamber Salyards
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native of Nanty Glo, Donna is a 1954 graduate of Nanty Glo High School where,
as the smallest girl in her senior class, she was known as "Shorty." Being
small in stature may have been the reason she says remembering "Walking in snow
up to my waist when I was in first grade!" She also remembers Mrs. Carlisle,
her first grade teacher, holding her on her lap to get her warm after her
"waist-deep snow" walks to school. Other fond school memories are of high school
Creany. "He was such a great teacher," she says. "You could talk to him...and
he listened! He had a lot of patience when he was teaching us how
Donna's active and busy life has
taken her from Nanty Glo to Colorado, where she received Practical Nurse training
at the National Jewish Hospital in Denver, then on to Montana for a few years,
and then back east to settle on Maryland's eastern shore.
death of her husband, Roy Salyards, in 1998, ended a marriage union that
began in 1966. Donna is the mother of three biologcal children, two of whom live
in Maryland. Her son Charles lives in Preston; daughter Terri makes her home in
Mardela Springs, and her daughter Karen lives in Seafort, Delaware. Her two
step-children, Micky and Bobby, live in New Hampshire. Her blended family
of five children have given her 13 grandchildren and some great-grandchildren
"on the way." She has been a nurse, garment worker, secretary, and has been
retired since 1987.
Donna has spent
her retirement years helping her children with their businesses and families.
"I also love to travel," she says. "I just came home from a trip to
Hawaii, and I'm planning a trip to Tennessee in April, and a trip to Florida
Donna currently lives in Herlock,
Maryland, where she is active in the Hurlock Wesleyan Church, serving as a board
member and music director. "I stay very active in church and in the community,"
she says. "I have a summer place in Fredericksburg, Virginia, where I spend
a lot of time. As long as the good Lord lets me keep active, I will do what
I can in the church and community. I owe my wonderful life to my Lord and
Savior. I accepted him when I was 14 years old and have been serving Him
ever since. What a wonderful feeling to know He is in my life. There
are times when I know I wouldn't have made it without Him."
extends her love of the gospel to the Internet. "I'm into a Gospel
Room on my computer where I've met Christian friends from all over the United
States. We play gospel music and praise the Lord," she says.
memories of Nanty Glo for Donna. "Nanty Glo was a very nice place to grow
up in. Everyone knew one another and looked out for you," she says.
"We had so much to dothe Teen Canteen under the firehall, dances, school
activities, three movie theaters, and you could walk home anytime of the day or
night and never think of any harm coming to you."
wishing to send greetings can find Donna at DjSal65@aol.com.
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