Donna J. Standridge

July 28, 1933 ‒ March 21, 2018

Mansfield, Ohio

Donna Standridge walked by faith, not by sight.  Placing her faith in Christ at the age of 12, Donna was a loving and devoted wife, mother, and grandmother.   No longer bound by her earthly body, Donna passed into the care of her loving Savior, March 21, 2018.  She was 84

She was born July 28, 1933 to parents Ewell & Pearl (Eads) Smith in Cincinnati. After Donna graduated from Withrow High School (class of 1951), she earned her associate’s degree from Baptist Bible College in Springfield, Missouri (class of 1955).

On August 31, 1957, Donna wed Rev. James L. Standridge and they spent 36 wonderful years together until his passing in 1993. Donna was a faithful pastor’s wife, serving mostly unnoticed in various aspects of Rev. Standridge’s ministry. She always said “if she didn’t take care of the home front, pastor couldn’t take care of the “ministry front.” She was known to serve as organist, pianist, behind the scenes, entertaining missionaries, and even creating the draperies for the sanctuary.

Donna’s hobbies included sewing (the draperies and curtains she was famous for), reading Christian fiction, watching movies, and generally staying busy. She doted on her grandsons who affectionately called her “G-Ma.”

She is survived by her children Joy Elaine Standridge and Mark James (Christy) Standridge; and her grandson Jacob Lee Standridge, Joseph Lee Standridge, and Jonathan (Jonny) Lee Standridge; dear friends Don and Paula Smith and the Osgood, Byrd, and Pfau families.

Donna was also an honorary member of the Scrappin Bandits, and her family is grateful for the loving care provided by Ruth “Ruthie” Harrod from OhioHealth Home Care.

In addition to her loving husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and her brother Harold Ray Smith.

The Standridge family will receive friends Sunday, March 25, 2018 from 3 to 5 p.m. in Berean Baptist Church, 2145 Middle Bellville Road, Mansfield, Ohio with a funeral service on Monday at 11 a.m. Pastor Nate Meiers and Pastor John Lurtz will speak and burial will follow in Mansfield Cemetery.

Contributions in Donna’s memory to Berean Baptist Church Deacons Fund may be made at the funeral home.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Donna’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them at SnyderFuneralHomes.com

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  • Joy,
    I was so sorry to hear about your Mother’s passing. I’m sure she will be dearly missed. Keeping you and the family in my prayers!

  • My heart goes out to you in your time of sorrow.
    Your mom was a great gal. I’ll miss seeing her big smile. My arms are open to you for a BIG HUG. Praying for you and your family.

  • I am saddened to see this news. I was in BBC with Donna and enjoyed her friendship during our three years there. I met Jim at a youth meeting in Detroit just after graduation from BBC. He was in the military and in uniform. I was so pleased to later learn he had gone to BBC later and that he and Donna married. During these last few years it has been good to see news of/ from her on Facebook. Another of our class of ‘ 55 that has gone on ahead. My thoughts and prayers for all the family.

  • Joy and family: thinking and praying for of all of you at this time of loss. I pray that the knowledge that Donna is dancing with Jesus now will comfort you.

  • Loeta and I had the privilege of being in the Standridge congregation and also had a personal friendship with Jim and Donna. Donna taught our son Brad in Sunday School and later in Florida had his son Matthew in preschool on Florida. We share your loss and can say with respect and admiration they walked the talk. Edhypfay@gmail.com and Loeta Pfau

  • Mark, Joy and Family
    I was sad to hear of your mother’s passing. You are in my prayers.
    Your mom and dad were guiding lights in my life and the lives of my children during their years in Mansfield.
    I remember your mom playing the piano, tending to the church, tending to her children. Always taking time to listen, to care, to offer a word of wisdom. I loved her smile, her spirit, her practicality and her sense of humor.
    She was a beautiful example of a Christian and there is comfort in knowing she is with the Lord.

  • Mark, Joy and family:
    We have had a full life of memories with your family…The Colonel, DJ and of course Mark and Joy. Words cannot express how they have woven themselves into the fabric of our family. One by one, God has beckoned them to Himself. Your mom is a huge void with her absence here, but we will soon be reunited with no more “see you laters”. We love you with all our heart. We have laughed with you….we have prayed with you…we now grieve with you. Love you all so much.

  • Dear Mark and Joy,
    I have a permanent memory of your parents serving together at Cook Road. I call them my church parents. As long as I knew them, they were constant in their pursuit of God. They sparked a desire to always support missionaries. It will be a few thousand years into eternity before you actually comprehend how many came to the kingdom because of their life work.
    Donna was the finest example of a Pastors wife that encouraged, organized and stood along as a suitable help mate.
    I can only tell you that we will never get over the loss of these spiritual giants; we will get through it but never over it.
    The main thing: we still believe in a reunion of permanent joy in the presence of Jesus.
    I pray peace for you both. A peace that passes all understanding.

  • Hi JOY. THIS IS CAROLYN HERSHNER
    I JUST FOUND OUT YOUR MOM PASSED AWAY. AUNT LOU HERSHNER TOLD ME TODAY ON EASTER SUNDAY. I SURE WOULD OF COME TO CALLING HOURS BUT I DIDN’T KNOW TILL NOW. I AM SO SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS OF YOUR PRECIOUS MOTHER! SHE WAS AN AMAZING LADY!
    LOVE CAROLYN