Life Story for
Donna Jane Edwards
Donna Jane Edwards was born into eternal life on July 23, 2018 at age 89. She was preceded in death by her parents Benjamin Vaughn and Jane May Edwards and her brother Robert Scott Edwards. She leaves behind her sister-in-law, Helen Edwards, one niece and three nephews and their loving spouses: Lynne and Darrell Adkerson, Doug and Monica Edwards, Scott and Lisa Edwards, and Dave Edwards (former spouse Kristine Elvin Edwards). She also leaves behind her great nieces and nephews: Amanda and her husband Chase, Leah, Ben, Jenny and her husband PJ, Robbie, Julie, Alex and his wife Stephanie, Shannon, Kailin, Jonathan, and Brigitte, as well as her great, great, nephews: Lincoln and Declan.
Donna was born on December 26th, 1928 and grew up in Youngstown, Ohio where she attended Rayan High School and graduated in 1946. She went on to Baldwin Wallace College to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing in 1951 and became certified in nursing at Saint Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing that same year. From there she was recruited to be a nurse in the United States Navy. She said "the recruiter's uniform sold her". Ironically, she would also follow suit and would later became a Navy nurse recruiter. She served 8 years in the Navy as a lieutenant commander nurse. Her Navy career took her to many places during her service including India, Guam and Japan. She especially loved the year she spent in Japan and said “the Japanese are wonderful people". Serving our country was one of the proudest times of Donna's life. She loved this great country of ours. Following her service in the Navy, she continued as a registered nurse for the Veterans Administration in Minneapolis, Houston, and Lexington.
Outside of Donna's nursing career she enjoyed her family, her friends, her books and magazines, her puzzles, and her cat, Misty. She also enjoyed her stitching club, "Club" as she called it, where most of the time was spent socializing and sipping wine with friends rather than actually stitching. She loved talking and laughing with her friends.
Donna loved spending time with family too, whether it was traveling with them, meeting up for holidays, or just sitting around playing board games, which she loved. Many times during the board games she became tickled and would start laughing so uncontrollably that it would bring everyone to tears. That was Donna. Her niece and nephews have many childhood memories of her such as fighting over who would sit next to her in the car while traveling or who would be able to hold her hand. These and other memories of her we will keep close to our hearts and Donna will be deeply missed.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have ever lasting life.” - John 3:16
Services for Donna will be held on Wednesday, August 1, 2018 in Harkins Funeral Home, 600 Main Street, Delta, PA with a viewing from 10 to 11 a.m. followed immediately with the funeral service officiated by Reverend Ken Osborne of Slateville/Slate Ridge Presbyterian Churches. Interment will be in Slateville Cemetery with military honors presented by a full detail of the York County Veterans Honor Guard.