Donna Darlene Willits

November 18, 1933August 8, 2018

Donna Willits, age 84, of Greeley passed away Aug. 8, 2018.

Donna was born in Hordville, Neb. on Nov. 18, 1933. She grew up with one sister. Donna's parents were Wallace and Flora Sherwood. Donna attended High School in Stromsburg, Neb. and married her high school sweetheart, Beryl "Willie" Willits.

Donna and Willie moved from their farm in Nebraska in 1967 to Colorado. They owned and successfully managed a trucking business, Willie's Grain, in Lucerne. In 2001, Donna and Willie purchased a second home in Sun Lakes, Ariz. Time was split between Colorado and Arizona.

Donna loved music, dancing, golf, water aerobics, gardening and volunteering at Assistance League of Greeley and Immanuel Lutheran Church. Most of all she unconditionally loved her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a very proud and honored woman of all her children. Donna enjoyed entertaining and cooking for the holidays. She never met a stranger and welcomed everyone into her home. Donna was a much-loved woman who will be truly missed by her family and friends.

She is survived by two sons, Mike Willits (Pam Shockley) of Greeley and Sun Lakes, Arizona and Tom Willits (Mindy) of Centennial; and three daughters, Monica Garver (Larry Pickett) of Sun Lakes, Ariz., Cyndi Odle (Brad) of Red Feather Lakes, and Judy Rapp (Mike) of Greeley; 11 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and three great- great-grandchildren.

Donna was preceded in death by her husband, Beryl "Willie" Willits (2015); and her son, Tim (1992). Celebration of life is at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1865 14th Ave., Greeley. Interment follows at Sunset Memorial Gardens, 3400 28th St., Greeley.

Memorial contributions can be made to Assistance League of Greeley or Immanuel Lutheran Church.


  • Celebration of Life Wednesday, August 15, 2018
  • Interment Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Donna Darlene Willits

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Ana Lopez

August 15, 2018

I’m so sorry for your loss. Donna was such a amazing person. She was so loving and caring. Always had smile and so happy. She was always so kind to me. Was a pleasure meeting her and the family.I will deeply miss Donna. My prayers to the family.

Elaine Holbrook

August 14, 2018

I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Donna. She always had a kind smile and warm hug for me. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. May God bring you peace with each new day. Much love, Elaine

Terrie Baney

August 13, 2018

I’m so sorry for your pain from losing Donna.
We worked together at the offices of Don Holtz and Larry Whilhelm, State Farm agents. She was a very kind and loving person to everyone who walked in our door.
She was always talking and sharing happenings about you kids! She is so proud of you all!
The best part of all that I remember with her is we were always LAUGHING!
Great times! Great memories!
Sending Prayers and Love!
Terrie Baney