Age 67, of Traverse City, MI, formerly of Lansing, MI, passed away January 16, 2019, after a short illness. She was born on March 22, 1951, in Lansing, MI, to Eva and Ivan Ward.
Donna graduated from Haslett High School in Haslett, MI. In 2015, Donna retired as an underwriter from Auto-Owners Insurance Company after 40+ years of dedicated service. She had been living in Traverse City for many years after transferring there to help start an Auto-Owners branch.
Donna was a member of East Bay Calvary Church in Traverse City. She loved her church and her church family. She sang in the choir, coordinated the greeting committee, helped with the children’s activities and Vacation Bible School, served meals for people in need, and was very involved on the committee for the church’s annual sportsmen’s banquet. She was also a former member of South Church in Lansing.
Donna was also a longtime dedicated volunteer and fundraiser with Fuel FM and WLJN radio stations in Traverse City. She loved her radio family and she talked about them all the time.
She is survived by her children, Robert (Jennifer Felling) Beebe and Karen Sherwood; sister, Linda (Scott) Lomax; special grandchildren she loved so much, Alyssa (fiancé TJ Schnitzhofer) Frisell, Madelyn Beebe, Emily Esch, and Trenton Sherwood; nephew, Corey (Laurie) Lomax; and her many friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; grandparents, Donna and Dosu Gospodinoff; and other extended family members.
Donna’s family would especially like to thank her friend, Joan, for all of her care, friendship, and help during this time. Thank you to the ICU nursing staff and doctors at Munson Medical Center, where she received excellent care. We are so grateful.
A private family service will be held. Arrangements are by the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Women’s Resource Center, Traverse City; National Arthritis Foundation; or the American Cancer Society.