Donna grew up in Kansas City, Mo. She graduated from Southeast High School in 1957.
She was married in 1963 to her husband of 47 years, Arthur T. Stephenson and spent the last 22 years of her life with her husband living in Springfield, Mo. Prior to making Springfield her final home, she, with her husband, Arthur and son Mark, lived in Kansas City, Mo., Caruthersville, Mo., and Charleston, W.V.
She is the sister of Larry Dodson of Denver, Colo., the mother of Mark Stephenson of Springfield, Mo., the step-mother of Lantz Stephenson of Kansas City Mo., Julie (Stephenson) Showalter of Mission, Kan., and Laura (Stephenson) Boggs, of Jackson, Calif., the grandmother of 13 children and great-grandmother of three.
Donna will be remembered as a lady who always gave so much of herself to others. She enjoyed planning and coming up with great ideas for family, social and business events. A "behind-the- scenes" person, she took great pride in ensuring things always went smoothly. From her days as a secretary and office administrator, to her days as a social and educational events coordinator with various arts and music organizations to her days as a volunteer for arts and music performances and also her work with the local library, Donna was the "go-to" lady that made special moments and events run seamlessly.
Donna very much loved to travel. Along with husband Arthur, the later years of Donna's life were spent discovering the world through travels throughout the United States as well as Europe, China and Russia. Typical of Donna, she loved planning out and arranging everything for enjoying every aspect of her and Arthur's many travels.
Donna truly loved life and the celebration of life through culture, art, music, history and sports. While never a participant herself, with the exception of childhood dance recitals, Donna enjoyed attending live presentations of drama, music and the arts. Equally, Donna loved to watch sports. She was an avid fan of professional and college sports; especially, in her later years, her loyalty to following MSU's Lady Bears Basketball.
Donna's passing is bittersweet because she will be greatly missed; and yet, all those who knew and loved her will have peace of heart in knowing that her suffering has ended and she continues, her life everlasting, in heaven. Those of us who were given the pleasure to know her will not help but smile through the sadness whenever they think of the moments and times spent with her and being a part of her life.
Donna was inspired by the works and efforts of those organizations that have dedicated their mission to improving the quality of life for children and giving hope to their future. As would be her wishes, the family requests that those who knew and loved her give, as a memorial to her life, generously to Isabel's House of Springfield, Mo. Isabel's House provides protection and caring for neglected and abused children of Springfield and the Ozarks. At this time, they are in desperate need of community support. Isabel's House is located at 2750 West Bennett, Springfield, Mo. 65802, (417) 865 CARE (2273), on the web at www.isabelshouse.org
A memorial service will be held at Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home, 1947 East Seminole St., Springfield, M. on Saturday, April 24, 2010 beginning at 2:00 p.m..