Donna Bohall dies
When Donna Bohall died Sunday at the age of 78, Carson City lost one of its greatest links to its past. Her granddaughter Taunee Perry lost even more.
“They were my best friends, especially my grandma,” Perry said. “I hope there are other people that carry on their memory.”
Donabelle “Donna” Mabel Bohall and her husband, Daun Bohall, who died in 1998, spent much of their latter years dedicated to preserving Nevada history on film.
“My grandfather always took pictures, but when he retired, he really hit it full blast for the last 20 years,” Perry said.
Daun Bohall was best known for his photos of the V&T Railroad which he donated, along with others that he had collected and restored, to the Nevada State Railroad Museum.
Donna, a lifelong housewife, worked tirelessly at his side.
“She was my grandpa’s right-hand person,” Perry said. “She helped him log in all of his photos and keep them organized. She chronicled all the negatives, numbered them and kept them in order.”
Perry was not surprised that her grandmother could accomplish such a task. From the way she dressed to the way she conducted herself, Perry said, her grandmother carried herself with grace.
“She was super neat,” Perry said. “She always had everything together.”
And she was a loving grandmother.
“My grandma was like my mother,” Perry said. “She taught me how to sew and I still love to sew.”
Perry’s favorite memories are the simple ones.
“She used to take me shopping at Park Lane Mall and afterwards we’d have lunch at Bob’s Big Boy,” Perry said. “Those were really good times.”
The Bohalls had a cabin on Lake Tahoe and the grandchildren would spend summers on the lake, where their grandpa taught them to water ski.
Daun Bohall received the first Ore Cart Award in 1990 for his years of generous and unselfish support of the Friends of the Nevada State Railroad Museum.
His photographs are also featured in restaurants and businesses around Carson City.
Perry said the memory of her grandparents will live forever through the legacy of photographs they left.
Daun Bohall is also one of the men featured in a painting on the wall of the Carson City Brewing Co., where he worked.
Perry is concerned that the painting is chipping away and without repair will one day be lost.
“It’s a really great thing that’s going to be gone again,” she said.
The Bohalls were members of the Nevada State Museum, Friends of Nevada State Railroad Museum and the Nevada Landmark Society.
A graveside service is scheduled for Thursday at Lone Mountain Cemetery at 3:30 p.m.
Donna Bohall was born Jan. 15, 1922 in Wyatt, Ind. Daun Bohall was born April 14, 1913 in, Carson City and died Oct. 5, 1998.
The two were married for 59 years.
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