Donna Marie Perez

donna perez

March 28, 1931 ~ May 28, 2023

Born in: Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Resided in: Fremont, California

Donna was born to Roscoe and Mina Bennett in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where her family lived on a farm for many years. She had one sister, Mae Jean Bennett. The family later moved to Modesto where Donna and her sister were raised around family and friends.  


Always a bright student, she completed high school early then went to Modesto Junior College as a business student.  It was there that she met her future husband Albert H. Perez. Once married they moved to Niles, CA, which is now known as Fremont. 


Donna and her husband worked to create a real estate and insurance business that was called Colonial Reality and Insurance.  Their office was located in Newark, and later Fremont. During these years, they raised three children; Denise, Alan, and Connie. 


Albert passed away in 1978 and Donna continued the business for several years. She even became the first woman President of the Alameda County Independent Insurance Agent Association.  


She was very involved in the lives of her three grandchildren; Selyca, Jason, and Audrey. She was a wonderful great-grandmother to her five great grand-daughters; Elliott, Bailey, Leah, Iyla, and Elliana, and was always available for a hug and a kiss. 


She will be missed by all whose lives she touched. She will be forever in our hearts and memories. Rest in peace. 

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  1. Mama P I will miss you always and forever. You’ve been a wonderful part of my life since I was 14 years old.

    We love you!

    Rick & Debbie

  2. Grandma Donna,

    You were always one of the brightest lights I’ve known. You brought many together with your joy and inspiration. May you continue to do so with the memories you leave behind.

    Rest well.

    We hold you in our hearts.


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