Donna J. Smith
October 04, 1935 ‒ January 04, 2019
Donna J. Smith, age 83 of Marion, passed away Friday, January 04, 2019 at Marion General Hospital.
Donna was born on October 4, 1935 in Newark, the daughter of Loyal R. and Mary Irene (Proper) Cochran. Donna graduated high school in Newark and then pursued her bachelor degree in education. She attended Muskingum University, Denison University, Bowling Green State University, University of Wisconsin and Capital University.
One summer, during high school band camp, Donna would meet her future husband. They became friends first and went through high school together. She would go on to college and, on one special night, while home for a visit Donna ran into her old high school friend and the two made plans for a date. As they say, the rest is history and on March 29, 1958, Donna was united in marriage to Galen Smith, a true love story that would last over 60 years.
The young couple lived in many places throughout the country in their first years together; Donna had that special ability to make each house a home. Donna began her teaching career while living in Newark and taught at Woodside Elementary School. When the couple made their home in Marion, she taught in the Marion City Schools for nearly 30 years, influencing the lives of thousands of children throughout her years as an educator.
Donna and Galen enjoyed traveling the country and making memories to last a lifetime. She was a talented seamstress and created all types of clothing for her family to enjoy. Baking was a favorite interest of Donna’s and her cherry pies are famous. She also enjoyed gardening and other activities outdoors. Perhaps her greatest joy, was that of being a grandmother. She and Galen never missed an opportunity to spend time spoiling and loving their grandchildren.
Donna was a longtime member of the Order of the Eastern Star.
She is survived by her devoted husband Galen Smith; daughters: Jennifer Lee (Ricardo) DeLaSerda and Leslie Ann (Keith) Shawver; grandchildren: Zachary Galen Bravi, Gregory James Bravi, Brigitte Wendy (fiancé Hayden Bledsoe) Shawver, Samuel Allen Shawver, Megan Jennifer Shawver and Antonio Luis DeLaSerda; and siblings: Everett E. Cochran and Barbara Sue Garick.
Donna is preceded in death by her parents and her siblings: Joanne Whitlatch, Daniel Brownlee Cochran, and Loyal Burdette Cochran.
Visitation will be Friday, January 11, 2019 at Snyder Funeral Homes, DENZER Chapel, 360 East Center St., Marion from 4PM to 7PM; Funeral service will be Saturday at the funeral home at 10AM; Entombment will follow at Marion Cemetery.
The Snyder Funeral Homes, Denzer Chapel, of Marion are honored to be serving the Smith family; condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com