Donna Lynn (Hale) Mullins

July 13, 1958 ‒ September 16, 2019

Cardington, Ohio

Donna Lynn (Hale) Mullins, 61, of Cardington, Ohio passed away Monday morning, September 16, 2019 at her residence with her loving husband by her side.

She was born July 13, 1958 in Richlands, Virginia to Arnold Junior Hale and Marie (Burnette) Hale. She graduated from Richlands High School in 1976 where she was a member of the marching band. She also played clarinet for 7 years. On April 21, 1984, she married the love of her life Terry Mullins. Together they shared over 35 years of marriage.

Donna worked at Mattie Williams Hospital in Richlands, Virginia for many years as an LPN. After coming to Ohio, she attended Eastside Mission Church when able. Providing a ministry to all, she made and distributed numerous pocket crosses for people to carry with them. A Christian, Donna was truly a selfless person giving of herself and not wanting anything in return. She enjoyed genealogy and crocheting afghans and was an avid fan of the Ohio State Buckeyes. She also was very proud of her entire loving family and that they stayed close.

Left to cherish her memory is her husband, Terry; mother, Marie Burnette Hale of Cardington; brothers, Gary (Besta) Hale of Waldo and Tommy Hale of Washington, Pennsylvania; sisters, Carolyn Hale of Cardington and Darlene (Robert) Shell of Marengo; nieces and nephews that her and Terry treated as their children, Andrew Hale, Elaine (Derek) Miller, Cassie (Shane) Pumphrey, Maggie Hale, Victoria Hale, and Avery Davis and 1 great nephew, Tommy Pumphrey.

Donna was preceded in death by her father.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, September 19, 2019 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at the Eastside Mission Church, 32 Joy Avenue, Delaware, Ohio, where funeral services will be held on Friday, September 20, 2019 at 11:00 am with Pastor Donnie Akers officiating. Additional calling hours will be held on Sunday, September 22, 2019 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at the Singleton Funeral Home, 1116 Cedar Valley Drive, Cedar Bluff, Virginia, where funeral services will be held on Monday, September 23, 2019 at 11:00 am with Pastor Richard Smith officiating. Entombment will follow in Clinch Valley Memorial Cemetery in Richlands, Virginia. Her pallbearers will be Robert Shell, Gary Blankenship, Danny Ball, Brad Ferrell, Shannon Hampton, and Jeff Hampton.

Contributions in Donna’s name may be made to Hospice of Morrow County, 228 South Street, Mount Gilead, OH 43338 or Eastside Mission Church Building Fund, 32 Joy Avenue, Delaware, OH 43015.

The Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center of Delaware is honored to serve the Mullins family.

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  • To Donnas family and especially Cassie, Donna was such a sweet lady and I always enjoyed talking with her when I saw her at a family get together. I saw how she cherished her family and know she will be sadly missed. God be with you and comfort you.

  • To Terry and all family. My heart and love goes out to you guys.
    One of my favorite memories of Donna is when we were together as a band and she was always there to cheer us on and one of our critics. She was one of the sweetest ladies that I have ever known.


  • All our thoughts and prayers for the family today and always.

    Nell Burnette and Melissa Burnette-Hicks

  • Brother Terry, I know how this can hurt. I pray that few of us can say that, but it is a part of being human that we suffer the loss of those most precious of God’s gifts to us. I also know that you know how we will see these ones again, by God’s grace. This loss, you know, is only for a season. I am thankful that I had the chance to know you a bit, and I pray that you are comforted by the Lord in each step of each day ahead. I am comforted by the belief that we will be worshipping at the throne as one family in His time.

  • For myself, Donna was more than a cousin. She was a true friend, a confident, a still shoulder, a thoughtful ear, and one of the kindest people I’ve ever met. Me and my bothers were reminiscing, and in over 50 years, neither of us could remember a single time Donna said a cross word, or a single word in anger. Not one. As a pre-teen, it was the coolest thing to go to Donna’s room and hang out. She took the time to share music, or a story about marching in the band. I remember the twinkle in her eye when she had me help her spy on that boy she liked, since he worked just down the street. She ended up marrying him and sharing 35+ years together. Not only did she and Terry make lots of pocket crosses to ‘spread the word’, she lived a life of ministry. She cared for all, as a nurse, as a church member, wife, family member, co-worker, and friend. The world seemed right when you’d see Donna and Terry together. In recent years, severally ill and in pain, she’d call and ask how I was, did I need anything, could they do anything to help me? Sometimes I’d call or visit, often late at night – with the days troubles, a medical question, a genealogy find, or just to visit. She’d listen, pause for thought, and then come across with kindness, compassion, wisdom, true glee, etc. I can hear her—- “Well now Sis…” She valued and appreciated everyone, her husband and family most of all, and enjoyed life – “even what seems little means so much.” Donna was very gracious. In one of our last chats many would have been thinking of how they felt, what was happening – but not Donna. After giving me the nurse rundown of her patient (you can put a retired nurse to bed, but they are still a nurse), the last thoughts expressed to me were that we all be okay, that the generations before were teaching the generations now so she knew we would be; how much she’d felt loved, what wonderful care she’d received, and how she’d see us again. Peace and blessings.