Donna L. Reeves
May 9, 1940 – December 26, 2019
DONNA LEE REEVES Born May 9, 1940, to Herbert and Nellie Krueger in Denver, Colorado, Donna was one of those people who radiate a glow and handle life's difficulties with gracious acceptance. If childhood can be held responsible for much of an adult's take on life, in her quiet but not silent way, Donna had a lifelong sense of reality and clear-eyed approach to the world. And this surely was true when it came to the Alzheimer's that stilled her vast collection of coloring pens seemingly not long after her diagnosis. Almost willing the disease to not let her become a burden to anyone, and after a shockingly – yet mercifully – short three-year struggle, Donna died early December 26, 2019. “But I died in my own home,” she would have happily said, “Just what I wanted,” – and just as her devoted husband, Thomas, had promised. Donna and Tom had a 61-year love story for the ages. They were a romantic, through-thick-and-thin couple, always hitting the dance floor at weddings and galas, forever holding hands, cheering together at swim meets, scrimping to pay for braces, music lessons, college or whatever else might help to make their kids’ lives better than their own. The high school sweethearts married two days after Donna graduated high school in 1958 so they could head off to 29 Palms, California, where Tom was stationed with the Marines, and where their first two children, Keely and Scott, were born. They later welcomed their youngest, Mark, when they all moved back to Waukegan. In addition to raising three children, Donna babysat several neighborhood children, cleaned houses and took in ironing. Once her kids were a bit older, she went back to school to become a Licensed Practical Nurse and worked for 26 years at Victory Memorial Hospital and later the Rosalind Franklin University/Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine, where she truly loved teaching and mentoring surgical students. Along the way, she was a Girl Scout leader, taught Sunday school, served in the Beta Sigma Phi service sorority, and became a church elder and clerk of session at First Presbyterian Church in Waukegan. Grandchildren, Haley, Alison and Matthew, unquestionably brought Donna joy, and she relished taking them out for one-on-one special birthday extravaganzas when they were young. Donna was an enthusiastic holidays’ decorator, Sudoko solver, quilter, embroiderer, scrapbooker, crafter and master bow maker. She was loving and much loved. Donna is survived by her husband Thomas of Waukegan, IL; daughter Keely (Kim) Boley of Gurnee, IL; sons Scott (Juju) Reeves of Carrollton, TX and Mark (Francisco Chaves) Reeves of Chicago, IL; granddaughters Haley Reeves of Holland, MI and Alison (Josh) Miles of Renton, WA; grandson Matthew (Taylor Bryan) Boley of Minneapolis, MN; sister Toby Hardt of Zion, IL; Tom’s surviving sister Jean (Walter) Heinold of Fitchburg, WI; and many beloved nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents Herbert C. Krueger and Nellie M. Krueger, and a brother Herbert Krueger Jr. A memorial service will take place 1:00 pm on Monday, December 30, at First Presbyterian Church of Lake Forest, 700 Sheridan Road. Memorial donations may be made in Donna’s name to the Alzheimer’s Foundation or JourneyCare Hospice, for whom the family is forever grateful for their kind, compassionate care.
- Memorial Service Monday, December 30, 2019
Donna L. Reeves
December 28, 2019
My earliest memories of my Aunt Donna are from about 1960 or shortly after; I would have been 10 years old then. This was at my grandparents home and I remember being in awe of her! She and my Uncle Tom were so happy. What is so wonderful is the longevity of their marriage and of the depth of their love. Uncle Tom, I love you and pray that God's love will grant you and each of your children the comfort only He can give. God promises eternal life for each of His children and no more sickness and no more tears. He has been so good to have given us Aunt Donna!
December 27, 2019
There just is not room any where my memories could be written. Donna was and is My Forever Friend. That is how she wanted me to think of her and the wonderful years we shared. There were so many happy times as well as hard painful events we had to "step up" and handle, we did, watching each others backs, and taking on the good, the bad, and doing what needed to be done.
Donna was strong, and I could always count her loving support . Our friendship knew no bounds and I will miss her until we meet once again in Heaven.
December 27, 2019
I remember Donna as a beautiful, kind, loving, classy lady!!
Condolences to her husband, and my dear friend, Tom, and all of their family and friends!
It was my honor to have known Donna!
May she Rest In Peace!
December 27, 2019
Mrs. Reeves is a sweet memory. She always greeted me with a smile and a hug. Her obituary is a delightful surprise of activities and accomplishments, including her loving family. May she be remembered by all for the beautiful person she was.