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Dona Rae Grisham

Sunday, July 11, 2004

Dona Rae Grisham, age 75, lost her battle with pancreatic cancer on Friday, July 2. Dona was born in 1929 in Kennett, Missouri. In 1951, she was married to loving husband Lin L. Grisham, who survives her.

She is also survived by her daughters Cathy Grisham of Wilmette, Ill., Holly Grisham Conroy of Chicago, Ill., Heather Grisham of Indianapolis, Ind., and one granddaughter, Lauren Azuma also of Wilmette, Ill.

She is preceded in death by father and mother Fred and Dorris Ford of Kennett and one brother Fred Ellis Ford, of Pulaski Tenn.

Mrs. Grisham, a resident of Danville, Ill. since 1960, graduated from Kennett High School in 1947. She later received a B.S. degree from Butler University and a M.S. of Education from National-Louis University, Evanston Ill.

She taught school for more than 30 years at area schools in Danville. While teaching, she served as President of the Danville Education Association in 1967-68.

She was a dedicated participant in a host of local church and civic organizations, including the St. James United Methodist Women, Danville Musical Cycle, Vermilion County Retired Teachers Association, and the Danville Garden Club.

She was a talented singer and soloist for the church choir.

After retiring from teaching she found great joy as owner of Dona's Cards and Gifts at Queen Ann's Cottage. She also was a tutor for adult literacy as well as a Girl Scout Troop leader in the 70's.

Dona was a vibrant joyful soul who had many friends. She loved to stay busy. And though her list of accomplishments is long, they do not precisely reflect the depth of personal and heartfelt concern she always showed those around her. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother who will be missed greatly by her family and her community.

Funeral services were on Wednesday July 7 at 10:30 a.m. at St.James United Methodist Church, 504 N. Vermilion, Danville, Ill.

The family is requesting that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to one of three concerns: Pancreatica.org., 5 Harris Court, Building N, Suite 3,Monterey California 93940; Vermilion County Retired Teachers Scholarship Fund in honor of Dona Grisham, P.O. Box 785, Danville, Ill. 61834-0785; or to St. James United Methodist Church, 504 N. Vermilion, Danville, Ill. 61832.

--Paid obituary