Obituary for Betty Donner
Betty Donner, of Palm Harbor, FL passed away peacefully on Friday, February 23, 2018. She was preceded in death by her husband, George.
Betty was born on October 22, 1929 in Muncie, IN to Elmo and Ruth Lehmer. She graduated from Royerton High School and attended Ball State University. She was a 50+ year member of the Upland Chapter #411, Order of the Eastern Star, and also of the Delta Chapter, Sigma Phi Gamma Sorority.
Betty loved to fly and became a pilot in her early 20’s and purchased her own airplane. She was a member of the Ninety-Nines, an organization of women pilots. It was at the Muncie Airport where she met her future husband, George, also a pilot. They were married on March 6, 1954. In 1956, son Randy arrived, followed by daughter Vicci in 1958.
The early 1960’s brought a career change for George and a family move to Cleveland (North Olmsted), OH where they lived until George retired from the FAA in 1979. Betty enjoyed singing, playing the organ, bowling, golfing, social activities at the country club, hosting dinners, and winters in Florida.
Following George’s retirement in 1979, Betty and George moved permanently to Florida to the home they had built in 1977 in Highland Lakes in Palm Harbor. They stayed very busy with many activities in their new community. Betty was a member of Palm Harbor United Methodist Church and was active with the Harbor Angels Women’s Ministry.
Betty was a selfless, life-long volunteer, giving of herself and her talents whenever she was asked. While the kids were growing up she volunteered as a scout leader, in her children’s schools, on many committees and as editor of the Park Ridge community newsletter. After retiring to Florida, Betty was a volunteer in her community for over 30 years. She served on the Highland Lakes HOA Board of Directors and as the Editor of the Highland Lakes “Highlander” newspaper for many years. She volunteered at Palm Harbor United Methodist Church as a Monday morning money counter, and Sunday mornings would find her helping behind the Information Desk.
Betty will be deeply missed by her loving family; son, Randy (Michelle), daughter, Vicci Kendall (Robin), granddaughters, Katie Potts (Craig) and Samantha Kendall, grandson, Christopher Tarkington (Samara) and her great-granddaughter, Tenley Grace Potts. Her extended family and many friends will miss her too.
A very special thank you to the staff of the ALF, Memory Care Center, Rehab Unit, and Skilled Nursing Center at St. Mark Village where Betty lived since 2012. You loved her and treated her as if she was your own family and far above and beyond in caring for her. We are forever grateful.
A Celebration of Life for Betty will be held on Sunday, March 18, 2018 at 4:00 PM at Curlew Hills Funeral Home. More information can be found on their website, www.CurlewHills.com