Donna Rae Harlow

February 24, 1929December 22, 2020

Our sweet Mom, Donna Rae Harlow, age 91 of Irving Texas went home to be with her Lord on December 22, 2020 as a result of Covid – 19 complications.

Donna was born in Stoughton, Wisconsin on February 24, 1929 and graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1950 with a degree in Business. On July 5, 1952 she married the love of her life, Ray Harlow and they were blessed with 56 wonderful years of marriage until his death in 2008.

Donna, also known as Nanny , had a heart of gold and was always so generous and kind to all. She had a passion for knitting and knit 975 baby hats for the local hospitals (almost reached her goal of 1000). Donna was also known for her baking skills and her famous “Nanny” chocolate chip cookies.

Donna was preceded in death by her husband, Ray Harlow, her parents Nora and Irvin Witte and her 2 sisters Phyllis Walker and Barbara Vindedahl.

Donna is survived by her loving daughters Susan Harlow and Shelly Heins (Ed) and her 2 loving grandsons Josh Crow and Matt Crow; two loving step granddaughters, Michelle Heins and Courtney Rhinehart (Robert); her precious great grandson Greyson Crow and her precious great granddaughter, Sabrina Rhinehart.

We would like to thank the staff at MacArthur Hills and Vitas Hospice for the loving care of our Mom.

At this time due to Covid there will be no memorial service.

Donations may be made to her Church, First United Methodist of Grapevine or Alzheimer’s Association


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Barbara Boody Brodersen

January 11, 2021

Donna was the sweetest, kindest little lady I ever had the privilege to care for. I miss her cute little grin, her soft calming voice, AND her chocolate chip cookies she always insisted I “needed”. She was a tremendous role model for her girls. Shelly, Susan, fill that empty space in your hearts with her beautiful memories!

Nancee Ott

January 8, 2021

I remember her warm smile and loving attitude. She was always in a good mood. I am proud to have known her.

Paul Dean

January 7, 2021

I will miss Donna here at the hills, My wife's name was Donna Rae as well, before we married. I hope her daughters will still come by and see us here at Macarthur Hills.