Donna Rae Organ-Harris

July 4, 1947July 24, 2018
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Donna Rae Organ-Harris, age 71 of rural Lawrenceville, passed peacefully from this life to her Eternal Home on July 24, 2018 after a brief battle with cancer.

Donna was welcomed to this world on the Fourth of July in 1947 by Wilma (Goff) and Donald Tewell in their family home in Lawrenceville. For a few years, Donna thought the July 4th celebrations were exclusively for her!

Following graduation from Lawrenceville High School, she enrolled immediately in the nursing program at nearby Vincennes University; graduating from the two-year RN Program. Donna quickly established a career as a caring, knowledgeable woman who always put patients first and most especially where the OB Department was concerned.

She met and married a confirmed bachelor from Allison Prairie in 1968 named Roy Organ and the good times began. They welcomed four darlings in quick succession. It was said by many that “Roy Organ never knew what hit him!” Those four kids added so much excitement and dimension to both Donna and Roy’s lives; including the day the youngest two found the John Deere green and International red paint in the cellar and covered each other from head to toe. The sight greeted Donna one afternoon as she drove up their long drive after a busy shift at the hospital.

Roy passed from this life in December of 1991. Donna later met and married John L. Harris in 1995, and he preceded her in 2006. She was also preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Roger Leon Tewell.

It’s incredibly difficult to sum up in five paragraphs the laughter, excellent baking and cooking skills, overly generous and loving heart, the mamma-bear defense of her “cubs”, the devoted, highly skilled and professional nurse, the excellent listener, unsolicited advice-giver, and flawed but forgiven Christ-follower that is the essence of Donna.

She is going to be incredibly missed by her family, which includes her three sons: John (and his husband, Steve) Organ, Michael (and wife, Nancy) Organ, and Steven Organ; daughter, Lora (and husband, Robert) Melcho; five granddaughters: Madison, Audrey, Maizie, Raelee, and Lidia; one brother, Scott Tewell; two sisters: Kristal (Dwayne) Sovdi and Sherry (Rod) Harder; and one sister-in-law, Phyllis Tewell. Donna also leaves nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles, as well as good friends.

A visitation will be held for friends to greet her family from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, July 29, 2018 at the Hi-Way Church of God, just west of Lawrenceville, IL.

A Celebration of a Life Fully Lived will take place the next morning at 11 a.m. at the church. Burial will follow at Centerville Cemetery on the Allison Prairie, east of Lawrenceville, where she will be laid to rest by Roy Organ.

Memorials may be made to the Fish and Loaves food program for children in Lawrence County.

Online condolences and fond memories may be shared with the family at

Ingram Funeral Home of Albion is honored to be entrusted with the services.


  • Visitation Sunday, July 29, 2018
  • Funeral Service Monday, July 30, 2018
  • Burial Monday, July 30, 2018

Donna Rae Organ-Harris

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David Wood

July 28, 2018

When I was a young our church had a bike Athlon and we rode our bikes from the church of God out to her house out in the country and she prepared sandwiches and drinks for us awesome time we had

Joyce Tussey

July 27, 2018

Donna delivered my first child. I was very young and scared and the doctor had just left because he said I wouldn’t deliver for a few hours. Well the baby had other plans. He didn’t even make it out of the parking lot and i delivered a baby girl. Donna knew what to do at the right moment and she was the only one there. She stayed with us for hours. Holding and rocking my baby. I will never forget her.

Lori Britton

July 27, 2018

Very special lady . I've known Donna and her family since I was a small child and riding on the church bus with Wilma ( her Mom) to Highway Church of God. She also delivered my youngest daughter almost 18 yrs ago because the Dr didn't make it there in time. She done an awesome job. She will be sadly missed. Prayers to all her family and friends. Rest in peace Donna❤️

Linda Frazier

July 26, 2018

I am saddened by the passing of Donna, yet happy she no longer suffers from pain. I have many happy memories of Donna. She was always the fun older sister who let us sleep over at the farm. She had the most heartfelt laugh. We stayed up late, played games and ate her delicious cookies. Absolutely good times and happy memories. She truly lived a full life and influenced the lives of all around her.

Penny Montgomery

July 26, 2018

To Donna's family, my heart felt sympathy. Donna helped deliver my only child, a son. Many trips to the ER over the years, Donna was a calming hand and kind, soothing words. She was a wonderful human being.

Doug Cooper

July 26, 2018

so sorry for your loss. You are always there for everyone with your comforting thoughts and prayers. Thanks for all you do, you are a blessing to this community. Sending back to you all my thought's and prayers.

Valerie Evans

July 26, 2018

I will never forget the love and kindness and her gentle professionalism as she delivered my last child. The doctor had been tied up someplace else and this baby was not going to wait for the doctor, so dear Donna delivery the whopping pound baby girl. And that was the beginning of all the dreams this baby had in becoming a nurse. So I am sure she has delivered a lot of babies. In loving memory of a dear nurse that made my tremendous anxiety so smooth and so calm. God bless you and blessings to your amazing family.