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     Donna Mae Harvey, age 86, passed away Thursday, November 22, 2012 at Freeman Hospital West in Joplin.

     Donna Mae was born November 21, 1926, at Milford, one of the three children of Othal and Mae (Wagaman) Gardner.  A life-long Barton County resident, Donna graduated from Lamar High School in 1943 and earned a teaching certificate from Pittsburg State.  After teaching in the rural schools of Milford, Irwin, and Oakton for thirteen years she worked in Liberal Public Schools from 1976 until retiring in 2000.  An accomplished musician, Donna taught private piano lessons to many students throughout the years.  She had been an active member of  the Christian Church of Liberal.  After moving to Lamar in 2001, Donna Mae became a member of Lamar United Methodist Church where she participated in JOY fellowship.  Donna Mae's cheerful disposition, abundant energy, and genuine hospitality will be missed by her fellow Red Hatters, Retired Teachers, those in the Reading Club as well as her countless neighbors and friends.  She also shared her time volunteering as a Pink Lady at Barton County Memorial Hospital.

     In 1950, Donna Mae married Norval Lee Robinson who died May 10, 1952 while in the military.  On August 23, 1955, at Lamar, she married Charles "Chub" Harvey and he preceded her in death April 22, 1983.  She was also preceded by her parents and her brother, Wayne "Buzzy" Gardner.

     Survivors include two sons and their wives, Mike & Brenda Harvey of Lamar and Bill & Bobbi Harvey of Liberal; a sister, Dorothy Faubion, Lamar; two sisters-in-law, Helen Gardner, Lamar and Hazel Wingert, Ottawa, Kansas; four grandchildren, Brooke (Casey) Wiss and Brant (Erin) Harvey all of Lamar, and Miranda and Trevor Harvey of Liberal; four great-grandchildren, Stetson, Zavrie, & Maddix Wiss and Knox Harvey; a special friend, Jack Kirk, Lamar; and a large extended family.

     Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, November 26th at Daniel Funeral Home where the family will receive friends from 6:00 until 7:00 p.m. Sunday.  Burial will be in Memory Gardens Cemetery.

     Memorial contributions are suggested to the charity of the donor's choice in care of the funeral home.

Comments  

#7 Austin, TXPaul Williamson 2012-11-26 19:55
Mike,
So sorry for your loss. My prayers to you, Brenda and your whole family.
Paul
#6 Nevada, MOMary Lynn and William Wille 2012-11-26 15:53
Bill and family,
We just learned of your mom's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
I remember tagging along with Debbie Beam to your house years ago so she could get piano lessons from your mom. Your mom always made me feel welcomed.
Blessings,
Mary Lynn and William
#5 Topeka, KansasWanda Wootton 2012-11-24 08:34
Dear Dorothy Jean and family,
So sorry to hear of Donna Mae's death.
I remember all the good times we all had growing up in Milford. I will be thinking of you on Monday and the sad days ahead. Take Care! Love, Wanda
#4 Madiera Beach, FlaDave and Margy Bross 2012-11-23 21:56
Dear Mike,Brenda and family, Bill,Bobbi and family, We are going to miss Aunt Donna. She played an important part of my life growing up. She was always dignified, kind, and had a sense of humor. Our hearts go out to you all,
Love Dave and Margy
#3 Madiera Beach, Fl / New Wilmington, PaDave and Margy Bross 2012-11-23 15:47
Dear Mike,Brenda and family, Bill and Bobbi and family, Aunt Donna was a great part of my life growing up. She was kind, dignified, and still had a great sense of humor. She will be missed by us and all her extended Harvey family. So sorry for your loss. Love Dave and Margy
#2 Guest 2012-11-23 12:33
Dear Mike, Brenda, Bill and Bobbi.
What a GREAT MOTHER you had. Always a smile on her face and always in a friednly disposition. She will be always remembered for these things. Our prayers are with you at this time.

May God Bless.
#1 Clinton, MOBob and Arvie Fenwick 2012-11-22 17:39
Our Dear Friends, Mike and Brenda, Bill and Bobbi and all your family.. our hearts ache for you tonight, we grieve with you in Donna's passing and we send to you our deepest sympathy. May God bless each of you with that special peace of mind and soul as only He can, and strengthen you to keep on keeping on in the same faithful work and witness that endeared your mother to us all. We thank God for a multitude of fond memories that we will cherish forever. We are blessed to have known Donna, your dad, and all your family.
Our love to each of you, Bob and Arvie

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