Donna Marie (Polly) Aguirre
Donna Marie (Polly) Aguirre, 63, of Santa Barbara, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family and went to be with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Sunday, August 28, 2022, in Santa Barbara.
Donna was born at Vandenberg Airforce Base in Lompoc on January 5, 1959. She was raised in Lompoc and graduated from Lompoc Senior High School in 1978. Donna later moved to Santa Barbara where she met and married the love of her life, Raul Aguirre on September 9, 1989.
In her early years, Donna worked at Odile’s Beauty Salon in Lompoc. She also successfully managed several restaurants in the Lompoc and Santa Maria area. Later she worked and was well known in the cosmetics department at Robinsons-May in Santa Barbara for ten years.
Baptized Greek Orthodox, Donna consistently embraced her Greek heritage and culture with passion and was a faithful member of the Saint Barbara Greek Orthodox Church for a number of years. Donna is preceded in death by her father, Donald Ray Polly and father-in-law, Raul Aguirre Sr.
Donna is survived by her loving husband Raul; two daughters, Corinna Polly-Cortez and Krystle Schlegel (Josh), son Raul Aguirre; two brothers, George Polly (Cathy) and Nick Polly (Jennifer); sister, Era Polly; sisters- in -law Aida Barnes (Greg), Irma Mera (Paco), Irene Glickman (Barry); brothers-in-law George Aguirre (Amy), Michael Aguirre (Jan), Richard Aguirre (Judy); her mother, Elene Tallman (Bob) and mother-in-law Stella Aguirre as well as numerous grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Donna’s love of children led her to operate “Donna’s Day Care” for ten years. Many of those children would later return as young adults to share memories with her. Donna showcased her culinary skills at BBQ’s and holidays with family. She loved to decorate for all holidays especially Halloween and Christmas. She always had a smile on her face and was always eager to join in family activities.
Donna had a heart of gold, a genuinely kind spirit and a light that shined like no other. Fly with the Angels sweet Donna. You are so loved and will be missed by so many.
Donna’s family wishes to extend their sincere thanks to the Sarah House of Santa Barbara for their loving care and compassion. The family is grateful to Father Bob Fox from the Santa Barbara Greek Orthodox Church for always being present for Donna especially in her last days.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to the Sarah House, 2612 Modoc Rd., Santa Barbara, CA. 93105, in Donna’s memory.
Viewing and Trisagion will be at 7:00 pm, September 8, 2022, at Saint Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, 1205 San Antonio Creek Rd., Santa Barbara.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 am, September 9, 2022, at Saint Barbara Greek Orthodox Church. Burial will follow at Goleta Cemetery, 44 South San Antonio Rd, Santa Barbara followed by a Celebration of Life at Saint Barbara Greek Orthodox Church.