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Donna Jeane Wilson

Donna Jeane Wilson, 69, Maywood, Mo., went home to be in the arms of her Jesus on Sunday, Dec. 25, 2022, at 10:10 p.m., in her home, surrounded by her loving family.

Donna was born on May 30, 1953, in Hannibal, Mo., to Allen Morris Hagerty and Norma Jean (Martin) Hagerty Funkenbusch. She married Samuel Wilson on Aug. 10, 1974, at Emerson Baptist Church, in Emerson, Mo.

Donna Jeane Wilson

Survivors include her mother, Norma Jean (Martin) Hagerty Funkenbusch; her husband, Samuel Wilson; her children, Seth Wilson (Mary), Caleb Wilson (Carrie) and Leah Whipple (Ryan); two sisters, Ronna Wheeler (David) and Jan Meyers (James); and one brother, Michael Hagerty (Connie); three stepbrothers, Jeff Funkenbusch (Barb), Kirk Funkenbusch (Karen) and Scott Funkenbusch (Kelly); and seven grandchildren, Ethan Wilson, Summer Wilson, Sol Wilson, Lucy Wilson, Ezra Whipple, Norah Whipple and Benjamin Whipple.

Donna was preceded in death by her father, Allen Morris Hagerty; and her stepfather, Don Funkenbusch.

Donna was a strong Christian by faith and faithfully attended Calvary Baptist Church in Quincy, Ill. She had also been a lifelong participant at Emerson Baptist Church where she was more recently taking her mother to church on a regular basis. She was devoted to reading her Bible every day with some of her favorite verses being Romans 8:28 and Ephesians 2:8-9.

Donna graduated from Missouri Baptist School of Nursing in 1974 and was a hard-working registered nurse for over 40 years. Over her extended career she worked at Levering Hospital, Hannibal Regional Hospital and Marion County Health Department, before retiring after being a school nurse at Eugene Field school in Hannibal.

Donna was a woman of many interests. She enjoyed quilting and going to the fabric shops with her sisters and mother. She was an avid flower gardener and had many places around her home where you could see her handy work in the garden. 

She loved to get in the car and just take off for long road trips, especially if she was traveling west. Some of her favorite locations were the Rocky Mountains and a beach. 

Donna and Sam also spent three years while Sam was in the military in Germany where they took in all that Europe had to offer, and she especially enjoyed being in Switzerland and the surrounding countries. 

But, more than all of these, Donna loved to spend time with her family and, of course, especially her grandchildren. 

Donna was very well known for her quiet, caring, compassionate nature. She always took the time to consider how others were feeling and did her best to assist them in any way she could. She spent her life caring for others, her family, and anyone who just needed help. 

Her legacy is one of love, care, and compassion for others. She is loved by many and will be missed greatly by all who knew her.

A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 30, at Lewis Brothers Funeral Chapel in Palmyra. Pastor Nathaniel Keelane will officiate. Interment will be at Emerson Cemetery in Emerson, Mo.

Pall bearers will be Seth Wilson, Caleb Wilson, Ryan Whipple, Shane Meyers, Nathan Meyers and Tate Tuley.

Friends and family are invited to Donna’s life celebration and visitation that will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 29, at Lewis Brothers Funeral Chapel.

Memorials can be made to Calvary Baptist Church, Quincy, Ill. for the “Awana Program”.

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