April 20, 1942 ‒ January 19, 2019
MANSFIELD: Donna Jeanne Thompson, age 76, passed away Saturday, January 19, 2019 from Mansfield Memorial Homes following an extended illness.
She was born April 20, 1942 to parents Raymond Hix & Catherine (Beaver) Hix Zoll in Zanesville, Ohio. After Donna was graduated from St. Peter’s High School with the class of 1960, she earned her associate’s degree from Mansfield Business College. She enlisted in the US Navy during the Vietnam War and became a medical assistant stationed in Beaufort, South Carolina. Later, Donna held several administrative jobs around Mansfield and worked 20 years for Sprint before retiring.
In August of 1985, she was set up on a blind double-date and not even six months later, on December 31, 1985, she married Larry Thompson.
Donna enjoyed solving crossword puzzles and word searches, watching crime TV shows, and shopping at WalMart. She was very outgoing and never met a person she didn’t like. Donna was a great cook and loved to collect kitchen gadgets and she enjoyed entertaining and hosting backyard barbeques. She also collected owl figurines and Precious Moments keepsakes. Despite any circumstances, she always had a smile on her face. Above all, Donna cherished her family and her little rescue dog, Yogi.
Donna was a lifelong member of the AMVETS post 26 in Mansfield and she regularly volunteered for hospice groups and the Alzheimer’s Association. She was a member of a special Breast Cancer Survivor Group where she made many close friends. Donna was also a member of Woodville Grace Brethren Church in Mansfield.
She is survived by her loving husband of 33 years, Larry Thompson of Mansfield; children Michelle (Russell) Hill of Marysville, and Rocky (Heather) Baith of Seville; step-children Melissa (Mervin) Bellflowers and Andrew Thompson; grandchildren Cameron Hill, Kason Hill, Caitlee Hill, Jordan Baith, Connor Baith, and Zach Hilts; sister Diane Hammett of Florida; dear friend and neighbor Constance Jamieson; close friends Sandy Plew and Karen McWilliams; along with numerous nieces, nephews, extended family members, and friends.
She was preceded in death by her mother and step-father Catherine & Andrew Zoll; her father Raymond Hix; grandson Dillon Thompson; and siblings Barbara Frycklund, and Bobby Hix.
Her family will receive friends Saturday, January 26, 2019 from 11am to 1pm in the Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home. A funeral service honoring Donna’s life will begin at 1pm with Pastor Ron Smals officiating. Military honors will be performed by the Richland County Joint Veteran’s Burial Detail at the funeral home. Burial in Mansfield Memorial Park will be held Monday, January 28, 2019.
For contributions in her memory, please make checks payable to Woodville Grace Brethren Church or Southern Care Hospice and bring or send to the funeral home: P.O. Box 3085, Mansfield, Ohio 44904.
Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Donna’s family and encourage you to share a memory with them and watch her tribute video at SnyderFuneralHomes.com
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