July 27, 1937 – May 11, 2019
In Memoriam of Donna Hackworth
Donna Hackworth passed away peacefully in her home at Grand Blanc, Michigan on Saturday, May 11, 2019. As she passed away, she was comforted by both of her sons, Gary from Barcelona, Spain, and Terry from Austin, Texas. Donna was born on July 27, 1937 in Hilliard, Ohio and lived in Michigan and Canada..
Although Donna was a private person, she was a strong and vibrant woman, who was active in her community and traveled the world with curiosity and passion. Donna sponsored many international students from around the world for continued studies in the US and in particular, the Suarez family from Costa Rica and the Hernando family from Argentina, who became an extension of her intimate family circle. Donna's generosity knew no bounds and was very giving of her time and volunteered more than 25 years at Ascension Genesis Hospital in Grand Blanc Township. She was an honorary member of the Warwick Hill Golf and Country Club and frequently hosted golf and charity events at her home. Donna was a caregiver and confidant to many throughout her life and was unconditional in her support of her friends and their families. When she could lovingly serve them with her strength and abundant grace, everyone was personally touched by Donna's warmth and giving nature. Donna paid attention to life's details and had time to prepare herself, her family, and friends for her goodbyes. She will always remain strong in our hearts and dearly missed. She is survived by her loving sister, Sharon Reisolt and her brother, Ron McBrayer.
The family will be mourning privately and they will have a celebration of life on her birthday July 27, 2019. In lieu of flowers, Donna wished contributions to be given to the Adopt-a-Pet Foundation at 13575 Fenton Road, Fenton, Michigan, 48430 at https://www.adoptapetfenton.com/
No services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Familia Suárez - Costa Rica
May 17, 2019
Donna when we met you we thought we were seeing an angel,
we also thought angels spoke english,
what we didn't know by that time was that you were really becoming an angel in our lifes.
You changed our world for good and forever, our love to you was growing every year and you became part of our family.
That love for you was passed generation by generation,
we were so lucky to have another mom, another grandma or another great-grandmother.
We will be forever thankful for all the love and presents you gave us.
As Reyes said in the verse It's only for a while that we must be apart,
we will bless the memories that lie within our hearts
and we will be very happy that we had so many good years!
Love you to the moon and back!
Hope you are having a party with Reyes and Gil there, we will really miss you!
May 17, 2019
Donna (also known to my children as "Grandma Donna") was such a beautiful person inside and out. She was so special and such a dear friend to all of us Sprague's. We shared so many fond memories when we traveled to Africa, Thailand, Japan, and during her visits to our home in California. She could make us laugh even under the most stressful circumstances (which comes with traveling with Sandy :) She will forever be missed but never forgotten. It gives us great solace to know that she is with our brother Tom up in heaven now. He was there with open arms waiting for her when she arrived. We can hear them laughing as only the two them could do when together. God Bless you Donna.
Love, The Sprague's
May 16, 2019
I'm so sorry for your loss, Donna was a tremendous person. My prayers go out to you.
May 16, 2019
I first met Donna over our love for international exchange students.
Donna had such a tremendous ability to understand, appreciate and to seek the essence of every person she met. I asked Donna to join me as a chapeone on an international exchange student trip and we became fast friends. Donna was a great mother to her talented sons Gary and Teri - and she would visit them regularly in Spain, in Texas, in Chicago. She was also an excellent host mother to many students from Latin America whose spouses and children have also become part of Donna's extended family.
My husband, Phil, (who we lost this last year in October), would always say this about Donna- "Donna is one of the best people I know. She has a fine character, a large heart and does so much without ever letting any one know." Phil knew good people when he saw them- and he only said this about a handful of people over our 65 years of marriage.
Save a spot for me Donna- we are going to take many trips together.
Love, Ellie Marazita
May 15, 2019
Donna Hackworth is and will be missed and remembered by so many.
She gave of herself in love, time and financial.
She will live on through all of us that were so fortunate to have shared her years of life.
I was one of the fortunate to have 53 plus years of her 81 years.
She enjoyed life even with the heartaches that came her way.
Donna made a difference...…….
May 15, 2019
Donna was a second mother to me.
A great angel is now in heaven. I have 5 memories...
First memory: Donna gave me my first job- serving her GM guests for a New Years' part at the Hackworth home in Grand Ledge when I was in high school. I worked next to Teri and we had a ball. I remember how elegant, graceful, humble and lovely Donna was making all feel at home with her humor and warmth.
Second Memory: when we traveled across country with a bus full of exchange students (including Gustavo!) to visit New York, Washington D.C., Gettysburg etc.... I was a young college student wondering what it was going to be like to transition to adulthood. As my fellow chaperone- Donna was so delightful, so full of humor, always had a good word for every student and a beautiful smile and kind word for all. Thanks to Donna, I realized that adulthood could be a joy with the right attitude and joy for each moment.
Third Memory: Rosa and I had invited Donna and my mom to New York City to take them on a tour of the town. In true Marazita fashion, I took them on a tour to the UN, Times Square, The State of Liberty, a Horse Back Ride in Central Park, a play, eating at Tavern on the Green- at one point Donna whispered to my mother: "Ellie, I do not want to disappoint Elizabeth but I do not think they even made time for visits to the lady's room!!" Donna's humor was legendary.
Fourth Memory- Sadness: when I was abroad in London, I experienced a personal crisis which Donna understood well as she was experiencing a similar challenge. I would call Donna at every hour and cry, and bemoan my fate. Donna listened. Donna always listened. She gave me courage to move on and humor as well. I have tried to contact Donna every mother's day- because her quiet strength helped me move on as she herself did.
Fifth Memory: At Donna's 80th birthday, Donna introduced the tradition of releasing balloons in memory of each ascended loved one. Gladys and I will do this this summer for Donna.
May 13, 2019
I met Donna in January 1981, over 38 years ago. I had applied for a 6 month exchange student program in the USA and got to live with the Hackworths in their Lansing home. I had lost my biological mother about a year before , and being all alone from my family in such a far away new place did not seem to be the best idea to find relief from my grief. But I didn´t count on one thing: there was Donna. She managed to tame the unruly , silly and tough 16 year old boy I was , and she just performed what she knew best - she conquered me. I have always called her Mom, although a little reluctanctly at the begining - she is not my Mom! - untill I let my heart win over my reasoning , and from then on she became my Mom, my dear Mom, my second Mom. Not my second Mom as in a rank. Second because she came later in my life, but just as beloved as my birth Mom. She made me feel one of her sons, and she was loving and caring but could be just a drill sargeant if I wasn´t behaving right. She was pretty both inside and out. Her eyes could have spared her from the gift of speech , you could tell what she had inside just looking in her eyes, what made her a honest and straightforward woman. You clould never expect a lie form Donna. Or weakness either. She was just strong as you can get, and I learnt what strength is from her. She never seemed to need anything, she spent her life giving herself to the rest. Because she was complete , she was a champion of life. I will remember Mom everyday for the rest of my life. Her life inspired mine in many ways. Farewell Mom!! Have you and my other Mom met yet? I know you two have something to talk about...