Donna Label, 64, passed away from ALS on May 17, 2019 in her home with her family by her side. In lieu of flowers, her family would appreciate any donations be made to the ALS Association Greater Sacramento Chapter in the name of Donna Label.
This is the story of a brave wife, mother, sister and aunt who dedicated her life to helping others.
Donna Label was born on Aug. 3, 1954 in Avenal, Calif., to Hallie and Jack Anderson. She was the middle child of four sisters. As a young child, she spent several months in Children’s Valley Hospital in Fresno fighting constant leg cramps, which were thought to be polio. Polio was medically ruled out and a medical diagnosis was not established. She outgrew the leg cramps and, as she grew up in Avenal, she attended Avenal Elementary School. Her family later moved to Galt, where she attended Galt Elementary and graduated from Galt High School.
Donna received her MSN at California State University in Sacramento. She graduated from San Joaquin Delta College and Stanislaus State University, and over the years continued with a host of additional medical classes. She was a registered nurse and holds the designations of MSN, RN, CNOR and NEA-BC. She always had a love for nursing and for helping others. She is very well respected in the medical community and was very good in her care of others.
Donna met her husband, Dr. Norman Label, in the Emergency Room at Methodist Hospital in South Sacramento. Norman and Donna worked side by side in the emergency room. Norman had just returned from Vietnam where he had been a flight surgeon. This was Donna’s first role as an RN. They fell in love and were married on Aug. 16, 1981 and soon made their home in Nevada City, Calif.
Donna has three wonderful children, Alyssa, Joseph and Jacob. Her children and Norman all praise the role Donna played as wife and mother. She’d been there for all of them over the years and is the glue that makes them all feel so loved. She worked very hard to balance her role as a mother, wife and nurse, and was always there for her family. The three of the children and her husband were at Donna’s side the entire time she fought ALS. Her service dog Butters laid by her side and her other new addition, Sadie, continues to explore and make sure all is safe in the Label household.