Donna M. Besst

January 20, 1950 ‒ June 15, 2016

Fredericktown, Ohio

Donna Marie (Shaffer) Besst, age 66, of Fredericktown, died Wednesday June 15, 2016 at the Ohio Eastern Star Home in Mount Vernon following an extended illness. Donna was born January 20, 1950 in Mount Vernon to Maurice “Tuffy” Shaffer and Betty (Fletcher-Ruhl) Shaffer. She was a graduate of Fredericktown High School and had lived her lifetime in the Fredericktown area. Donna had worked at Wayne Cash Feeds in Mount Vernon, had served as a clerk for auctioneers John “Red” Shaw and Jerry Scott and had been a sales representative for Avon cosmetics for several years. Donna had also worked at Producers Livestock in Mount Vernon.

Surviving are her husband Raymond Besst, son Roger Besst of Fredericktown; brother and sister-in-law Donald and Linda Shaffer of Fredericktown and sister and brother-in-law Beverly and Rodney Randall of Fredericktown; and nieces and a nephew. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Friends may call Friday from 6pm to 8pm at the Snyder Funeral Home, 33 East College Street, Fredericktown, Ohio 43019, where a funeral service celebrating the life of Donna will be Saturday at 11 AM with Joseph Overholt officiating. Burial will follow at Forest Cemetery in Fredericktown.

Those who wish may make memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society, Central Region Knox, 5555 Frantz Road, Dublin, Ohio 43017.

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The Snyder Funeral Home is honored, to have been chosen, to serve the family of Donna M. Besst.

  • So many memories growing up with Donna. Always had a smile. The last time I saw Donna was at Aunt Betty’s funeral 2 years ago. I am glad I have a picture with her smiling. My heart goes out to Beverly and Don. Great sorrow to her son Roger.
    She is with Uncle Tuff and Aunt Betty now, singing in heaven’s choir.

  • So sorry for your loss. Donna was a fun, friendly person. She will be missed by many! The family is in my prayers

  • I am so very sorry for your loss. Donna was such a great person and my favorite Avon lady. I sure hope she finds a wonderful Bingo hall in heaven….she found such enjoyment in playing. She will be missed by many. R.I.P. Donna

  • Raymond and family. I am so saddened by the loss of your wife. I enjoyed good times with your sisters, Pauline and

    Raymond and Roger, so saddened at the loss of your dear wife. I enjoyed my teen years with Pauline and Maxine, and my older Model A Ford. God Bless you as you place her into the arms of Jesus.

  • Raymond and Roger, so saddened at the loss of your dear wife. I enjoyed my teen years with Pauline and Maxine, and my older Model A Ford. God Bless you as you place her into the arms of Jesus.

  • Prayers to each of you. Keep all your wonderful memories close to your heart . My deepest sympathy to each of you. Chuck & Vivian Hill

  • Dee Hall Dispatcher at Morrow County EMS & 911
    Raymond, Roger and family. I’m so very sorry for the loss of your loved one. In the 45 years I’ve know Donna she was such an inspiration to me. Never failing to wear that radiant smile. And share her heart warming laughter.

    I hope you find peace in your heart. Heaven definitely took a good lady to her final resting place

    God bless you. Donna will be missed

  • My deepest sympathy to the family for their loss, but much rejoicing for Donna. She is free and whole again .I loved her visits as an Avon lady. Her smile and laughter brightened my day . So did her stories. Donna was a gracious lady , willing to help all those who needed her. I admonished her many times to slow down, which always brought a big smile to her face. I will miss her , but I’ve been doing that for years, ever since the illness that put her in the OES. I’m thankful to have counted her as a dear friend.

  • Raymond and family,

    We extend our deepest sympathy to you in the loss of your loved one. May God give you peace and comfort in the days ahead.

  • So sorry to hear about the passing of Donna. Please accept our condolences. She will be missed. Janelle & Tim Cothren

  • Raymond and Roger, Our thoughts and prayers are with each of you. Donna was a special person, she would spot us at a Producers Sale and always smile and say Hi. She was an inspiration to many. May your memories of her sustain you at this difficult time and in the days/years to come. She will be missed here on earth, but Heaven has gained a very special Angel.

  • Dear Raymond, Roger, Bev, Rodney and Donna’s Entire Family, We are sending our deepest sympathy to you all. Donna was blessed with a wonderful support group of family and friends who let her know how special she was. Memories of her will live on through all of you. Sincerely, Susan and Dick Huggins/Fredericktown

  • Sorry for you loss. She was always smiling and so happy to see us when we visited her. I know it has been awhile since we were there, but her positive attitude and upbeat personality provided us with many wonderful memories of her. Prayers for peace and comfort in the days and weeks ahead.

  • The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord. Job 1:21

    “Our friend, Raymond has just lost Donna, Lord. It is so difficult to offer him consolation. Guide us, so we don’t offer meaningless phrases that add to his pain. School us in words of comfort. Grant us the sensitivity to put ourselves in his place and say what he needs to hear. Most of all, surround Raymond with Your Love.”

  • I Am Happy I Was Able To Have Known Donna By Taking Care Of Her At The Ohio Eastern Star Home She Will Be Missed Work Will Not Be The Same Heaven Gained Another Beautiful Angel Rest In Peace Donna

  • Oh Donna, I can remember the time you came to live at OES. You were one of my favorites and I always loved to make you laugh when you were having a bad day. I haven’t seen you in years and I apologize for that life got in the way. You were a wonderful woman and I loved you and I’ll will always keep you in my heart. Your family and sister were always by your side and I’m so greatful you had her. Rest in heaven sweet Donna. Love always your crazy aide. Angie

  • Donna was a wonderful roommate for my mother, she will be missed. May the Lord comfort the family at this sorrowful time.