Donna was a church friend and the following information is based on my interaction and knowledge of her. My facts could be a bit off, as this is from my recollection.
I met her in the mid to late 1990s in a Bible Study. As we studied God’s word together, I was blessed to get to know her and discover many life similarities.
Donna was raised Catholic, turned Lutheran, was divorced, had no children of her own, and loved her earthly father very much. These facts marked our similarities and gave us much to talk about. Her father had passed away so the stories of her father were in past tense while mine were still in present tense.
Donna had a caring heart. For about a year or two, she was a care-giver to an elderly woman who spent winters in Florida until cancer was discovered and she passed away. Then Donna adopted a Daschund named Baby Girl. This dog was perfect for her; Baby Girl had an attitude. Donna loved her little Daschund so much, she was part of a group that helped transport Daschunds to adoptive families.
Donna was not a soft-spoken woman. In fact, she did not really have a filter from her brain to her mouth. She rubbed people the wrong way, often, but I don’t think it was spiteful or to intentionally hurt others. I got along with her just fine, but she was just born without a filter, or she just lost it along the way. Baby Girl responded to her commands and was a faithful companion. I loved when she would bring Baby Girl to our committee meetings.
Donna and I were on a church communication committee for a short while. She loved Facebook and was the admin for the church Facebook page. I chose to give up Facebook for Lent so I am not sure what her last post was there, but I am certain it was a positive message as she loved her church family very much. They became her refuge in difficult times, such as when she needed hip replacement surgery and her cancer diagnosis a little over a year ago. I remember the cancer diagnosis. She asked for empty boxes to pack her things in as she planned to move to a facility that would help her as her cancer worsened. I gathered some boxes more of an excuse to go visit with her. We talked about her cancer and she shared with me that her faith was strong. I know she is in heaven celebrating her cancer-free, pain-free existence meeting up with her parents and good friend Joy.
Death has a sting and it hurts to lose people we spend time with on this earth. But the reunion we will have later will be glorious in the presence of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
I lost my friend, and fan of this blog, to cancer this past Saturday. A special thank you to the members of the church family who helped her this past year. I know she appreciated the coordination of rides to and from appointments, meals that were made and the prayers. Especially the prayers.
Rest In Peace, Donna, until we meet again.