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Swan-Law Funeral Directors

501 North Cascade Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO

OBITUARY

Donna Rose Grayson

30 July, 193525 February, 2020
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Obituary for Donna Rose Grayson

When the person you love the most dies that moment changes your life forever. In the blink of an eye. You expect it to be breaking news on CNN it is that enormous. What I learned is that life simply goes on, the world keeps spinning even if that spinning is slow and sad. Then, little by little you start to see little reminders of her. Lost memories come flooding back. You begin to see her in sunsets, in songs she loved, places you went together. They all begin to be a reminder that whether you are her husband who loved her for 64 years or her children who got the gift of her life far into their adult years or the unconditional love she gave to her adored grandchildren. What a gift that we have been given by that time with her. We are lucky.

Donna Rose Grayson was born on July 30, 1935 to Harold and Nell Knoetgen in Okeene, Oklahoma. Donna went on from Okeene to Mercy Nursing School in Oklahoma City where she graduated as a registered nurse. She met the love of her life, Charles F. Grayson, at a dance organized by the school and was married in 1956. Soon after, they moved to Enid, Oklahoma where they started their family. Donna devoted most of her time raising her three children but was also called back to nursing at St.Mary’s Hospital for many years. She was PEO president in 1984 and also spent many years volunteering for The Junior Welfare League. In 1986, Donna and Charley moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado where she went to work for Penrose Hospital as a psychiatric nurse for 20 years. She adored her patients and they adored her.

Donna is survived by her husband, Charles F. Grayson of Colorado Springs. Her three children also survive her. Amy Anderson of Colorado Springs, John Grayson of Colorado Springs and Carrie and Tim Jackson of McKinney, Texas. Her greatest loves were her grandchildren, Sarah and Michael Oseth of Atlanta , Georgia, Jack Anderson of Denver, Colorado, Caroline and Claire Jackson of McKinney, Texas. She has joined her mother and father, Nell and Harold Knoetgen and her sister Joanne McLinn in Heaven.

Donna died peacefully at Penrose Hospital on February 25, 2020. We are so grateful that her suffering from COPD has come to an end and she is untethered from her oxygen and is free and whole again.

Services will be held Monday, March 2, 2020 at 1 pm at Swan Law Funeral Home 501 N.Cascade. Ave. Colorado Springs, Colorado 80903. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Donna’s name to Penrose-St.Francis Health Foundation, 2222 N.Nevada, 80907 or to Water for Wildlife 545 Main Street, Lander, Wyoming 82520

  • PALLBEARERS

  • John Grayson
  • Tim Jackson
  • Craig Anderson
  • Jack Anderson
  • Michael Oseth
  • Jeff McLinn

Services

  • Funeral Service Monday, 2 March , 2020
  • Reception Monday, 2 March , 2020
  • Graveside Service Monday, 2 March , 2020

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Sue Amy

7 March 2020

How do you say goodbye to such a close friend after 67 years? I haven't been able to yet. Donna was one of. the funniest and most fun persons I have ever known. She and Marilyn and Myrna and I would get together every year and tell each other everything with constant laughter. I am so sorry, Charley. Give Amy a hug from me and love also to Carrie and John.

Jane Lee

3 March 2020

I so enjoyed the years that I worked with Donna. She was the consummate psych nurse.
She was understanding, accepting, and compassionate.

Jane Lee

Connie Wallace

1 March 2020

I had the privilege of working with Donna for many years in the Behavioral Health Department of Penrose St. Francis. I'm not sure I told her what an example she was to me, as she dealt with every imaginable issue, with people who are in some kind of crisis. Donna's medicines were kindness ( on steroids), humor, respect, offering food and drink, and, perhaps most importantly, listening. I can still hear her say, in her soft Oklahoma drawl, "Well, Honey, I'll get coffee for both of us, and you tell me about your day." It was simple, brilliant, and healing.
I was honored to work with Donna. And I so enjoyed her stories about her family, especially her grandchildren.
May the knowledge of her deep and abiding love for you be a great comfort and joy to you.

With sincerity,

Connie Wallace

Rhonda VanDruff

1 March 2020

First I want to say that I did not know Donna but want to offer my sincere sympathy for her family’s loss. From her obituary and looking at the pictures she was very much loved and had a great life! The reason I am sending this is because the first part of Donna’s obituary is written so exact to the feelings I had when my mother passed away but I couldn’t put them into words. You captured it beautifully. Thank you for that.
My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

David & Stefani Schram

27 February 2020

Charley
So very sorry for your loss. Stefani and I have fond memories of Donna. She was an exceptional woman.

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