Donna J Hart
May 14, 1937 – April 13, 2018
Donna Jean Hart, 80, passed away on Friday, April 13, 2018, at Florida Hospital Tampa. Until the last months of her life, she had been active in her book club and enjoyed entertaining friends and family who visited her at her beautifully maintained home north of Tampa.
Survivors include her sons, Christopher Hart of Baltimore, Md., and Brian Hart of Springtown, Texas; her youngest brother, Dan (Emily) Teague of Mt. Carmel, Ill.; grandchildren Jennifer (Jon) Garrison, Daisy Hart, Evan Hart, Robin Hart Vanlangendonck, and Shelley Hart Murphy (James Murphy); great-granddaughter Ashlynn Garrison; daughters-in-law Anne Haddad, Judy Hart and Tammy Hart; sisters- and brothers-in-law Karen Teague, Barbara (Jerry) Myers, Ralph (Ruth) Hart, Emma Adams, Kenneth (Patricia) Hart, Robert (Sheryl) Hart, Liz (Greg) Baxter; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Two of her brothers, Jack Teague and Frederick Teague, and Fred’s wife, Judy Teague, died in recent years. Another brother, Chester Marshall, died shortly after birth.
She was born in Sandborn, Ind., in 1937, to Bonnie Maxine (Bowman) and Chester Marshall Teague, delivered at home by the town midwife. Growing up, she often helped care for her three younger brothers, especially during World War II while her father served overseas in the U.S. Navy.
She graduated from Sandborn High School in 1955. In 1957, she married Phillip Richard Hart. They were happily married for nearly 47 years, until his death on March 8, 2004. They had two sons, Chris and Brian, and lived most of their life in Columbus, Ind., where both Phil and Donna worked at the then-Cummins Engine Company. Donna worked as an administrative assistant in the engineering department at Cummins.
For most of their life together, Donna loved to travel around the country with Phil behind the wheel. They took an early retirement and left Cummins in 1987 to move to Florida, where they lived for the rest of their lives when not visiting their children and grandchildren in Maryland and Texas, and family in Indiana.
“One of my favorite memories with my Grams would have to be going to the movies with her and seeing Austin Powers,” said her oldest granddaughter, Jennifer Garrison. “Mind you...this was all her idea! To see my proper grandma laughing and tears rolling down her cheeks from that silly movie is forever one of my fondest memories with her. She was such a cool and funny Grandma. I’m really going to miss her quirkiness.”
“I remember my Grandma and Grandpa dancing together on Christmas morning,” said her other granddaughter, Daisy Hart. “Those two would make you believe in love! I hope they are dancing together again now.” Daisy was named after Donna’s own grandmother, Daisy Inez (Mitchell) Bowman.
“I remember how Grandma would listen to me play piano for her over the phone when I was very young,” said her grandson, Evan Hart. “I highly doubt it sounded very good at all, but of course she would tell me it was beautiful and that I was a very creative Hart. Sometimes I would just sit and talk with her for more than an hour, and ask her to listen to new songs I learned. I will always miss her unconditional motivation and love she had for me.”
Donna was very proud of her children and grandchildren and embraced the digital age as a way to stay in touch with them through email and Facebook.
Services in Florida will be private, and a memorial service for family and friends will be held in the fall in Indiana. To be updated about the Indiana memorial service, please leave a comment in the Guestbook on this site and allow your email address to be given to the family.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to a charity of the donor’s choosing, in Donna’s name.
Donna J Hart
April 19, 2018
Firstly Brian, Chris and family...I am so very sorry for your loss...I've thought so much about Donna and Phil this past week...you see, there isn't a time in my life when they weren't in it...I was two when they got married, so my entire life have had memories of them...As I grew up, they were guiders, inspirations, I loved seeing them visit...I decided when I was little I was gonna be a career girl like Donna, she always looked fabulous, had a beautiful house, a wonderful husband, great kids...everything a young girl could want...so when I was 22 off I went to explore the world, one of the earliest memories was having them meet me in Lousiville when I was on a layover, Phil would call me from all over telling me about his adventures and Donna was holding down the fort, all the while working, keeping a house and taking care of her boys...She was truly an inspiration and I set my goals around her...little did she know how much of an influence she had on my life...May you rest in Peace Donna, in the arms of Jesus and the wonderful man you chose to spend your life with, My Brother Phillip...
Amy and Roger Obrien
April 18, 2018
When Roger and I moved to Tampa from Indiana in 2003, I joined the New Comers Club. Every month they would list new members and where they were from. I saw there was a new member, named Donna Hart from Columbus, Indiana so I called her right away, so excited to meet someone from my home state. We bonded over both being Hoosiers. Even with an age difference between the two of us, I felt like she was my peer. Her youthful personality, sharp mind, fast wit, her zest for life and adventure made her much younger than her age.
When we were selling our house to move back to Indiana, Donna told me to put some red geraniums in pots by the front door...that was the secret to selling a house she said. She helped me pot the flowers and our house sold right away! I know it was the red geraniums.
After we moved Donna and I talked on the phone a lot. She used to laugh and say she would get her address book out and start with A until she got someone to talk to on the phone..
Roger and I got down to visit quite a few times and Donna was always kind and welcoming. She loved having house guests to cook for and to keep her company.
We will miss those phone calls and visits, and I will never forget our friendship.
Lots of Class in that Act.
Amy and Roger O'brien
April 17, 2018
Our prayers and heartfelt condolences go out to our family and friends for the sad loss of our sweet Donna. May she rest in peace.
Frank,Roberta and Kristi will always remember our Donna for her zest of life,her smiles, her kindness and her contagious laughs. Her upbeat personality was like a dose of sunshine.
We have so many fond memories with Donna. Going to her home in Tampa and Donna coming to our home in Indiana. Road trips,phone calls and funny cards sent to one another. And we will never forget our fun times with Phil too. Uncountable great times spent together between our families.
Last September Donna got to come to our home in Indiana to attend her family reunion in Linton,IN. And she also got to go to her 62nd class reunion. She was so happy to be able to fly from Tampa to our home with our help ( and the airport help that Kristi arranged for Donna to be put in a wheelchair at curbside) Donna would get tickled from her rides in wheelchair that Kristi would arrange for her or actually Kristi pushing Donna in the wheelchair. She cried from laughter to the point of peeing her pants!! From the time we woke up, until the time we went to bed,there were countless stories from Roberta and Donna (and even Frank) that we spent telling storiese and reminiscing about all our journeys through life and how we have remained in each other's lives for all these years. Our jaws hurt from the laughter. Donna always requested from Frank, to tell her jokes. Our weekly or sometimes daily phone calls to one another to figure out the worlds problems or just discussing anything and everything about ourselves was our enjoyment and way to relieve our depression or any despair we may have had going on. I can could not fathom how at their ages they could remember so many stories,names and adresses. So many countless fun memories we have shared. They will be sadly missed.
May the love of our family and friends carry us through our grief.