August 5, 1922 – January 7, 2021
Donnece Wiley was born August 5, 1922, in St Louis, Missouri and passed into the arms of her loving Savior on January 7,2021 after suffering a stroke on New Year’s Eve. She was the daughter of Frank and Golden Sunshine Money. Her father, a WWI veteran, died in 1928 from injuries sustained in battle. She and her brother, Raymond, were raised during the depression in Wichita, Kansas by their mother with the help of several members of their church community at Broadway Christian Church. She attended Philips University in Enid, Oklahoma where she majored in Religious Studies. Fearing she would fail her Greek course, she chose to drop out and return home. She married Herbert Clyde Wiley in August 1942 in Wichita, Kansas and raised four children. During WWII she worked for Beechcraft Industries and then joined her husband Herb – a Navy Petty Officer at Naval Ordinance Test Station in Mojave, California. She worked there as Secretary for the Base Commander until Herb was discharged from the Navy in 1946, returning to Wichita, Kansas. The family lived in many locations including Missouri, Mississippi, and California from 1948 until retirement in 1982 when they moved to Hot Springs Village, Arkansas. Donnece and Herb enjoyed traveling and visited many states from the east coast to the west coast visiting family and friends. In 2004, Donnece and Herb moved to Fort Worth, Texas to be closer to family. In 2012 she and Herb celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary in Granbury, with their four children, spouses, six grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, as well as many other family members and friends. Donnece was an exceptional wife, mother, and Christian through her entire life and was a model for her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren on how to live a purpose driven life. She considered her singing abilities as a gift from God, singing in many church choirs as well as being a founder and member of the Hot Spring Village Crystal Chimes Sweet Adeline’s choral group for fourteen years. She served in many church and service auxiliaries during her lifetime. Shortly after her husband, Herb, passed away in 2014 Donnece moved to Bethesda Gardens Assisted Living where she was a resident until her passing. The staff and friends at Bethesda were a great comfort to the family during her last days on earth. Donnece was reunited in heaven with her husband, Herb; and son, Gary. She is survived by her son, Herb and daughter-in-law, Rose of Folsom, California.; her daughter-in-law, Debbie Wiley of Granbury, Texas; her daughter, Donna and son-in-law, Tom Dodgen of Fort Worth Texas; her son, Glen and daughter-in-law, Pam of El Dorado Hills, California; six granddaughters: Sally Duke (David), Nachita McSwiggin, Jennifer Yates (Ed), Nancy Dyess (Tony), Morgan Olsen (Casey), Kate Becknall (Josh), and twelve great-grandchildren: Bobby and Conor McSwiggin, Steven Hampton, Sara Duke, Amber and Jared Dyess, Evan, Riley, and Bode Yates, Grace and Addison Becknall, and Eli Olsen.
Thursday, January 14, 2021
January 13, 2021
Donnece was such a sweet person. I loved listening to her stories.
You will be missed. So very blessed to have known you. Mischia
January 13, 2021
Donnece always had a smile on her face. I always enjoyed our lunches and visits. What an example of Christ like love she was to all of us. You will always be remembered sweet lady.
January 12, 2021
She was a beautiful and dear friend. We had many fun times with our families. Ed and I enjoyed visiting Donnece and Herb in Hot Springs with Tom and Donna. I will miss our many phone
conversations and her sweet voice. I loved her dearly.