March 11, 1919 – April 2, 2016
Donna McNabb, 97, died on Saturday, April 2, 2016.
Donna was born March 11, 1919, to the late R.E. and Mamie Martin of Yale, Mich.
Following graduation from Yale High School in 1936, she attended the Port Huron Business College. In August of 1940, she married her lifelong love and partner, Kenneth T. McNabb of Croswell, Mich.
A city girl no more, dairy, hogs, horses, black Angus beef and a flock of chickens, along with four kids to raise, became her way of life on Wilkes Road, in Yale. Eggs were delivered to as far away as Detroit (about 60 miles). Still, she found time for china painting, joining the Brockway Extension Club, euchre nights with neighbors and playing the organ and sewing. Always, she was able to delight everyone’s taste buds with her cooking.
After Ken’s death, Donna moved to Oskaloosa, Iowa, in 1978, where she joined the Church of the Nazarene. There she was employed as an accountant by a government agency and was also hired as a curator at a local art gallery.
Outliving her many friends in Oskaloosa, she moved to Cody. There she became a church organist for the Hillcrest Church and also worked as a seamstress. In 2007, she moved to Bradenton, Fla., where she lived unassisted in her residence until age 95.
In 2014, Donna moved back to the Wyoming she loved so much.
The day following her 97th birthday, she sat at the double keyboard organ at the home of her daughter Ann and flawlessly played, “When Irish Eyes are Smiling,” “Easter Parade” and “Here comes Peter Cottontail.” She played them all by memory.
Donna is survived by two sons, Kurt T. (Lavonne) of Clark, and Jeffrey K. (Caroline) of Delta Junction, Alaska, a daughter-in-law, Clara Margaret “Ginger,” of Lexington, Mich., and a daughter, Ann E. McNabb-Perkkio of Cody. She is also survived by a stepbrother, Elwin Graham, of Port Huron, Mich., a stepsister, Mary Atkins of California, 14 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death in 1928 by her mother Mamie Martin; in 1971 by her loving husband, Kenneth; her father, R.E Martin, and stepmother, Elsie Martin, of Yale, son Gareth McNabb, of Lexington, a brother, Edgar Martin, of Port Huron; step-brother Dorlan Graham of Flint, Mich.; and two sisters, Eileen Bricker (Stanford) of Yale and Bernice Hinton of Saginaw, Mich. She was also preceded in death by one grandson infant McNabb of Powell and one great-grandson, Tyler James Bentley, also of Powell.
Funeral services will be held on April 21 at 2 p.m. at the Kaatz Funeral Home of Yale with Kurt McNabb officiating. Interment will be in the Elm Wood Cemetery in Yale.
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