Donna Thompson

April 20, 1942 ‒ January 19, 2019

Mansfield, Ohio

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.

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  • What a dear friend. A coworker and a person that i could count on for a listening ear. What an amazing fighter she was to over come so many health issues but she,was tired and needed to rest. Prayers to Larry and her family. We will miss her dearly.

  • Donna was full of laughter and character for sure. I bumped into her at Kroger not too long ago, we hadn’t seen each other for many years but that day it was like we hadn’t missed a beat. She was definitely a fighter, Donna rest easy my friend. My prayers and thoughts are with the family.

  • My sympathies to Donna’s family. I knew her from Sprint. She was always cheerful and had a funny story to tell.. RIP Donna….

  • My condolences to the family Donna was a friend from my Sprint days, always smiling and kind she will be missed.

  • She was a nice lady and I remember her as always being pleasant and friendly.
    I’m sure she will be missed by anyone that knew her.
    May she rest in peace and may God always watch over her.
    My prayers are with her family at tis their time of sorrow.

  • My condolences to the Thompson family. May you find comfort in the promise Jehovah gives us for the future, where he says “he will wipe out every tear from there eye, and death will be no more, neither will mourning, nor crying, nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away “. It was a pleasure to be part of Donna’s care. Thank you. Sincerely, PamWilson, RN.

  • I have enjoyed the friendship o Donna n Larry for many years! I’m sad to lose my friend, I’m glad she no longer hurts! Donna was the kind of friend that showing up at hospital for surgery in ‘06, when I walked in, Donna was already there to support me! When I came out of surgery, she was there to make sure I was ok! Not many people like her! Rest In Peace my friend!

  • Mommy. I already miss you so much. I just Can’t believe you are gone but you will forever be in my heart. You were my rock, my adviser, my nightly phone call. You were there when all 3 of my kids were born. You always had a smile no matter how much pain you were in. Even if i knew In your voice you were hurting you would still tell me you were ok. Well now i know You’re ok momma. You’re in Gods precious hands. Your walking and running with no pain. Your still smiling and laughing for sure. I love You so much my dear sweet mommy. I know You will be watching over me. Until the day we see each other again. It’s not good bye forever, but for now. I cant Wait to hug you again!! I love You mom!! Love, Michelle

  • Donna was truly the matriarch of Sloane Ave. I appreciated all the support she gave me when I moved to the neighborhood and later with the biths of my children. She was the one who turned up at 1 am when I went into labor and needed a sitter until out of town family got there. She deserves peace and relief from her health problems.

  • My sincere condolences to Larry, and to the Thompson, the Hill, and the Baith families. Although I never met Donna, I knew what a wonderful woman she was through her daughter Michelle and her family. I pray that those who love her and will miss her presence daily will be comforted in God’s promises to heal the broken-hearted, ease the pain of suffering, and know that one day in His time you’ll see her again. Our family sends their prayers for your strength during this difficult time. She will be missed but will live on in your hearts and memories.

  • My sympathies to her husband, Larry, and her children, Rocky and Michelle. She was truly a beautiful soul! My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family during this difficult time. Rest in Heaven Donna, you will be greatly missed.

  • So sad to lose my dear friend. My most sincere sympathies to Larry and Donna’s children. We were co workers for many years and shared many good times together. She will be sadly missed but is at peace now and without suffering.