Feb 2009 Central Oregonian - On line

Doris Donnelly

Doris M. Donnelly, former publisher of The Central Oregonian and an active member of the 
Prineville community, died Feb. 8, 2009. She was 90.

She had lived the last 15 years in Hermiston and was a resident at the Regency Nursing & 
Rehabilitation Center at the time of her death.

Mrs. Donnelly was born April 27,1918 in Portland, Ore., the daughter of Knute and Cecelia 
Qualley. She and her husband, Edward A. Donnelly, published newspapers in Lake Oswego and 
Milwaukie before purchasing Prinevilleís weekly newspaper, the Central Oregonian & Tribune 
Publishing Co., in 1954. She served as the newspaperís advertising manager while Ed focused 
on the production and business sides of the paper.

They operated the Central Oregonian until Edís death in 1962 at which time Doris assumed 
the position of president of the company. She continued to operate the paper until she 
sold it to Dennis Smith and the Central Oregon Publishers in 1969.

She was a long-time member of Eastern Star, Our Saviorís Lutheran Church and other clubs 
and organizations.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Alan and Eunice Donnelly of Moscow, ID 
(formerly of Prineville); four grandchildren, Kelly Schwirse of Hermiston; Aaron Donnelly 
of Moscow, Ida.; and Didi Halstead and Tina Donnelly, both of western Oregon; and numerous 
great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and son, Norman Donnelly.