OBITUARY

Donna Beauchamp

January 25, 1948October 7, 2021

After bravely fighting Multiple Myeloma for many years, Donna Hartmann Beauchamp died on October 7th, 2021. She is preceded in death by her mother and father, Robert Frederick and Hilda Thielman Hartmann. Donna is survived by her husband John L. Beauchamp, her daughters Harrison Beauchamp Ashurst (Jim) and Annie Beauchamp Wilder (Bentley), her grandchildren JB and Lulu Ashurst, Hayes, Lee and Ann Wilson Wilder, sisters Debbie Parise (Chris) of Denver and Diane Macke of Indianapolis, sister-in-law Ann Beauchamp Hayes, and nieces Angela Hudgins, Erica Macke, Mershon Bergeron and nephew Beau Parise.

Donna was born in Mount Vernon, Indiana. She was the basketball queen in high school—they don’t have football in Indiana—and was first chair flautist. Donna went on to Indiana University and then the Fashion Institute in Atlanta. She moved to Birmingham and worked for Parisian department stores, where at the age of 25, she ran six Britches and Company stores for the firm. She then became the first cosmetics buyer for Parisian and worked with leaders in the industry, including Ron Lauder, son of Estee, Frank Shields, father of Brooke and Polly Bergen. Donna cut short her career to raise her two girls, Harrison and Annie, and her husband. Donna always said that raising her daughters was much easier than raising Johnny. Donna never slowed down, volunteering for various charitable organizations, including The Festival of Trees benefitting Children’s Hospital, Children’s Art Guild and Birmingham Botanical Gardens. She went on to complete her degree in Interior Design at Southern Institute, graduating with honors. Donna was a member of St Luke’s Episcopal Church and a devoted Alabama football fan. Later in life, Donna delighted in spoiling her five grandchildren and never missed a recital or a ball game.

Donna was the perfect combination of farm girl grit and big city class. She was beautiful, selfless, fun, creative and loved to laugh. She had the ability to make every holiday magical. We will remember her blue eyes and generous smiles. In the words of Jimmy Buffett, “it’s been a lovely cruise.”

A celebration of her life will be held Tuesday, October 12 at Saint Luke’s Episcopal Church. Visitation will be at 3 pm followed by a memorial service at 4 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the St Luke’s Foundation or the John L. and Donna Beauchamp Endowed Scholarship at the University of Alabama, Division of Advancement Box 870122 Tuscaloosa, AL 35487.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.ridoutsvalleychapel.com for the Beauchamp family.

Services

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, October 12, 2021

  • Memorial Service

    Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Memories

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GARRY BEESON

October 10, 2021

SO MANY MEMORIES OF SUCH A WONDERFUL LOVING SOUL! DONNA WAS ALWAYS THERE FOR ME BEFORE AND AFTER MY TOUR IN VIET NAM. I REMEMBER THE DAYS TRAVELING TO BIRMINGHAM ON WEEKENDS TO JUST PARTY AND ENJOY LIFE. DONNA'S SUPPORT HELPED ME COPE WITH PTSD IN SO MANY WAYS. TIME AND DISTANCE LIFE WENT ON BUT I NEVER LOST THOSE MEMORIES OF THE FUN WE HAD.
TO DONNAS FAMILY MY DEEPEST SYMPATHIES AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU AT THYIS TIME. THE LORD HAS CALLED A BEAUTIFUL SOUL HOME AND I WILL FOREVER CHERISH THE TIMES SPENT WITH HER. GOD BLESS YOU ALL!

Jill Zeman

October 10, 2021

Dear Johnny and family.
I am so very sorry to hear of Donna passing. She was indeed a special person and I remember having some fun times with you both many years ago! She was beautiful both inside and out and I know she will be dearly missed by all. May all your memories bring you comfort in the days to come.
Jill Zeman
(Merrill Lynch)

Linda Horne Weeks

October 10, 2021

Donna was "A Ball of Fire", who was one of the most facinating women, I was honored to know. A smile that would light up a room. Donna loved John, her children and grandchildren but had time to give to others.
God has a new Angel.
Linda Horne Weeks

Karen Bluestein

October 10, 2021

Donna and Johnny lovingly welcomed myself and my husband, Kenneth
Into there world upon Kenneth starting his career at Merrill Lynch in 1991.
Since this time, we have traveled together and shared many happy family
Occasions! I have always admired how Donna mothered her girls (and Johnny as well), and often thought how lucky they all were to be recipients
Of her endless love and great taste. I know the “ magic” she created will have a long legacy as it is carried on by all of her family! Kenneth and I feel honored to have known Donna and know her beautiful soul can Rest In Peace.
Karen and Kenneth bluestein

Jane Harp

October 9, 2021

Donna’s huge smile and warm and friendly demeanor were a huge part of my high school memories. She was as beautiful inside as she was outside. Much too young to leave this earth!
Sail on!

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY