Donna "Kaye" Crossland
April 18, 1949 – March 28, 2021
Donna “Kaye” Crossland, 71, of Hot Springs, went to sleep on Sunday, March 28, 2021 and woke up with Jesus and her beloved husband, Richard. She was born April 18, 1949, in Memphis, Tennessee to the late Hulon and Bernice (Agee) Lewis.
She was preceded in death by her husband and her big brother Robert Weldon Lewis.
Kaye is survived by her sons Michael Lewis and David Tiner; her sister Mary (Edward) Koester; sister-in-law Brenda Lewis; her adopted daughters, Jamie Reynolds Farrer (Robert), Kathy Gallagher, Melinda Richardson, Sara Waits (Brett) and Brandy Bertog Phillips (Cody); grandchildren Chance Weatherford, Katie Weatherford, Maddy Farrer, Hunter Farrer, Dalton Waits, Halie Bertog, GraceAnn Bertog, Ty Bertog, Sophie Bertog and Breanna Farrer; along with great-grandchild Sawyer Bruce; she also leaves behind many special nieces, nephews and friends that she loved beyond measure.
Kaye held many titles over the years. She drove a food truck in Memphis, a school bus, managed a go kart track and was even an over the road truck driver at one point, but most people in Hot Springs will remember her as the owner/operator of World of Video. She also had a passion for rescuing animals. It was not unusual to walk into the video store and find her feeding baby squirrels, birds, a hurt raccoon or even a skunk named Pepe’ Le Pew. If that didn’t shock the patrons enough, they had to be careful of the toddlers running through the store playing cowboys and Indians. The video store was also a safe haven for countless people that she always seemed to be taking in as her family and counseling. She adopted all the strays; 2 legs or 4 legs, it didn’t make a difference to her, but no matter what new adventure she found herself in, she would always say that her favorite titles were Mom and Grammy.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, at 11:00 am at Gross Funeral Home Chapel with Michael Cox officiating. A gathering at her residence will follow. All family and friends are invited to attend. Please contact Jamie or Kathy for details.
In Lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Garland County Humane Society at http://hsgconline.org.
- Michael Lewis, son
- David Tiner, Son
- Mary Koester (Edward), Sister
- Brenda Lewis, Sister-in-law
- Jamie Reynolds Farrer (Robert), Adopted Daughter
- Kathy Gallager, Adopted Daughter
- Melinda Richardson, Adopted Daughter
- Sara Waits (Brett), Adopted Daughter
- Brandy Bertog Phillips (Cody), Adopted Daughter
- Kaye also leaves to cherish grandchildren Chance Weatherford, Katie Weatherford, Maddy Farrer, Hunter Farrer, Dalton Waits, Halie Bertog, GraceAnn Bertog, Ty Bertog, Sophie Bertog and Breanna Farrer; along with great-grandchild Sawyer Bruce; she also leaves behind many special nieces, nephews and friends that she loved beyond measure.
- Garland County Humane Society
Saturday, April 10, 2021
Donna "Kaye" Crossland
April 7, 2021
There are so many great memories that it is hard to narrow them down but the best memory that I will always carry with me is how much she loved my children and how much they love her. I don't know what I would've done without her and Poppy. They were a God send to me and my babies. I will miss her everyday until I get to see her again.
April 3, 2021
Grammy was one of a kind. The first time I met her, she just claimed me as her daughter. And then as all the kids came along, she took them in as hers too. She definitely took in any strays, and adopted a whole lot of family. She was a very special lady, more than any words could ever say. We might not have been blood, but that never mattered to her. Christmas at Grammys was always the best time, it might have been dysfunctional but it was the most fun. Especially when Grammy had my favorite homemade fudge for me. We were so very blessed that we were adopted by her. Grammy is now in the arms of God and Pops, but we sure will miss her until we meet again some day.
April 3, 2021
Another cool thing that my Aunt Donna did in her younger years, she was one of the first 4 women in Memphis Tennessee to Drive a city bus. Thought that was pretty cool. I can honestly say I wish I got more time with her as an adult But...SHE DEFINITELY made it FUN when we were kids. My last time with her we went through photo albums and laughed uncontrollably looking at pictures and just feeling the warmth that came from her I love you Aunt Donna and I'll miss you.