Donna Ione (Wilkinson) Perry

Donna was born June 5, 1916, in Barry County, Michigan.  She graduated from Kalamazoo Central High School in 1935 and then attended Western Michigan University shortly eventually transferring to Mahers Business College.  After college Donna became employed at the Capital building in the lands division of the Auditor General’s office.

Donna married Glen Perry in September of 1938.  They birthed two wonderful sons, Thomas Clifford Perry, born Jan. 19, 1945, and Craig Scott Perry, born July 5, 1947.

Donna’s father passed away in November of 1928, and her mother passed away in August of 1975. Her husband, Glen, passed away August 5, 1971.  Donna’s son, Tom, passed away November 22, 1994.  Her second son, Craig, passed away May 28, 2003.

After retiring Donna was able to travel more with her adventurous friends which was one of her passions as she found great pleasure in exploring different places.  She traveled to every state in the United States as well as 20 foreign countries.

Donna enjoyed 20 years working as a docent at the Michigan History Museum where she was able to share her love of history.  She was also an office manager and secretary of the docent guild board.

Donna was a very spirited go-getter and wanted the best for everyone that she loved and was loved by many. She is survived by her two grandchildren, Zachary Perry and Jessica Perry; brother, Dale Wilkinson; as well as her daughter-in-law, Pamela Perry, who took wonderful care of her.

A memorial service will take place at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 19, 2014, at  the home of Pamela Perry, 9268 Riverside Dr., Grand Ledge, MI.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Capital Area Humane Society, or the charity of your choice.

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