Donna Mitchell

November 8, 1948June 7, 2020

At 10:35 A.M., June 7th, a new angel ascended on high when Donna lost her brave fight against the COVID 19 virus and went home to be with the Lord.

Donna was born and lived most of her life in Culver City where she met her future husband, Lee, and raised her two children, Rick and Merri. Donna met Lee while still in high school and it was only a matter of days after laying eyes on him that she decided she would marry him. She was young and beautiful and had a way of getting her way on such matters. Not many moons after they started dating, they were a young married couple. Donna never regretted her decision. She found 53 ½ years of joy standing proudly beside her high school sweetheart, through thick and thin. She was a proud and dedicated homemaker who found her joy in supporting and serving her family and spending many years in community service. She served as president of the Middle School, High School and District PTA’s for the Culver City Unified School District. For six years Donna was the chairperson for the Culver City High School “All Night Graduation Party”, setting records for attendance at what had become a largely ignored event. She also served on the high school emergency preparedness committee and the scholarship committee.

In addition to the volunteer work Donna did for Culver City schools, she was also the Brownie and Girl Scout leader for her daughter’s troops. Her community service included directing the neighborhood program for earthquake preparedness and hosting Northgate Street’s annual block party.

One of her greatest and most treasured accomplishments was the establishment of a book club which, at the time of her passing, had read in excess of 200 books and had been active for over 20 years.

In her later years Donna became quite proficient at gardening and cooking, often including something from her garden in her meals. She loved preparing dishes that she had never cooked or eaten before when she entertained guests for dinner. Sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn’t, but it was always an adventure in her eyes.

Donna loved and served her family, friends and neighbors tirelessly and with joy and a selflessness so rare in this world today. She was mother to all of Rick and Merri’s friends, nieces and nephews, and all of the neighborhood kids. She made a loving and bountiful home for her children and welcomed all who came through her door. She was the hostess of all of her friend’s and family’s most cherished memories. The enduring love and strength she showed to her family and loved ones will continue to bless us forevermore. Donna Mitchell was truly a rare and precious gem on earth, unlike any other.

Donna leaves behind her husband of 53 years, Lee, and a son and daughter, Rick and Merri.


  • Visitation

    Thursday, July 2, 2020

  • Committal Service

    Thursday, July 2, 2020


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Merri Coxwell

June 11, 2021

One more day here without you, mom, is only one day closer to seeing you again in heaven. I earnestly press on toward the true prize of being home with you in the presence of our Lord Jesus and singing praises to Him together and forevermore. See you soon!

Chuck Eskridge

November 8, 2020

Today on November 8th 2020, I'm thinking of my Cousin Donna Jean on her birthday. We all miss her very much. Just wanted to share another one of my favorite pictures.

Merri Coxwell

September 7, 2020

I love you, mom. It’s been 3 months today since you left and I miss you more than I did 3 months ago. I can’t wait to see you again so I can tell you face to face how much I love you.

David & Teri Malkin

July 17, 2020

Our relationship goes back over 50 years. My wife of 47 years had our first date, a double date, with Lee and Donna. I knew Donna would make the night a success. She just had that warm golden touch with people that made them feel at home immediately. Our date night often included doing laundry with Lee and Donna. You see, Donna could make anyone feel special and could make a fun occasion out of a daily chore. Donna always made one feel like they were the center of attention. My fondest memory was Valentine's Day dinner where Donna had one place setting for my wife and me and one for her and Lee. We shared everything. It was fun until the next morning when I was diagnosed with the mumps. Luckily it did not spread. But in Donna's way she had that laugh that would make you feel everything was going to be OK. Donna, you will be missed, but I know you are caring for all of the animals and young children in heaven. You have now graduated to God's helper and Angel.

Amy & Megan S

July 5, 2020

We will always remember Donna as the fearless leader of our Girl Scout Troop. She was unflappable in the face of our group of (sometimes) unruly girls and she was always supportive of each of us.

Tom Horn

July 4, 2020

Donna was an icon in the Culver City community. She always had a smile to share.

She was well known for her volunteer work with the PTA and the All Night Grad Party providing a safe and fun event after the graduating seniors had dinner with their families. She really helped organize that event into a well oiled machine taking others along with her who volunteered with her.

Ellen Jansta

July 4, 2020

I have always loved you Donna and am praying for your loved ones at this time.
My mom and I are heartbroken, but mostly shocked.
I have known you, Donna, for nearly all of my life, and have always treasured your empathy, and loving & caring nature, ... There have always been so many things I admire about you...and your children, husband, & relationships.
By just being you, you taught me so many things. I can just picture each time we interacted, and your energy.
I love you, Donna. I will see you again. 💗

Roberta Sergant

July 3, 2020

My best friend. Gone too soon. Only good memories.

chuck eskridge

July 2, 2020

My Cousin Donna Jean was a wonderful person, - always cheerful. With all the medical problems she had to endure, she always had a smile and never a bad word. We will all miss her deeply. Lots of loving memories, - Chuck Eskridge

chuck eskridge

July 2, 2020

My Cousin Donna Jean was a wonderful person, - always cheerful. With all the medical problems she had to endure, she always had a smile and never a bad word. We will all miss her deeply. Lots of loving memories, - Chuck Eskridge