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Donna Faye Blackwood

March 3, 1955November 18, 2020
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Donna Faye Blackwood, 65, of 479 Kelly Drive, Marietta, GA was warmly welcomed to her forever home on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 surrounded by her loving family. She had a strong will and a determined fight with breast cancer since early 2017. She was born in Griffin, GA on March 3, 1955, to Raymond and Sue Durham. She was the second in line with one older sister and a younger brother and sister. She settled in Marietta, GA and raised two wonderful, loving boys with ex-husband James Blackwood.

Donna, also affectionately called Nana, performed every activity with a smile. She loved to just sit and talk to you until you noticed many hours had flown by. She was very proud of her children and her grandchildren. She would light up from ear to ear when any one of them stepped in the room. She fully supported her sons and grandsons to the best of her abilities and even some past that. We will miss her kind, loving and constant smile for a lifetime.

Despite the pain and challenges she faced she fought with vigor and remained upbeat, optimistic and grateful for every day. In November 2019, Donna lost her square dancing and second lifetime partner Johnny Murphy. One of her favorite things to do was dance the night away. Donna had recently retired from the Wellstar Health System as their main receptionist for over 30 years, a role she performed with a smile as she answered numerous calls for multiple departments. She was very grateful for her Wellstar family.

Donna was preceded in death by her father, Raymond Lee Durham, her mother Sue Winnie Durham and her eldest sister Linda Sue Douglas. She leaves behind her younger brother Rocky Durham of Jasper, younger sister Jennifer Blackwell of Jasper; her two sons, Jeremy Blackwood (Karyn) of Acworth and Jason Blackwood (Elizabeth) of Hiram. She also leaves behind her two pride and joy grandchildren: Joshua and Joseph Blackwood. Donna was a gentle soul and a blessing to everyone she met. She always thought of others first, including her nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles and closest friends who she loved dearly and thought of often. Donna loved everyone and, in turn, she was cherished by everyone she met.

Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, November 25 at 3:00 p.m. in the chapel of Winkehofer Pine Ridge Funeral Home with the burial following at Pine Ridge Memorial Park. The family will hold a viewing and visitation on Tuesday, November 24 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm and from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm just prior to the service on Wednesday. Social distancing is to be observed. The funeral service will be available on the Winkenhofer Facebook page and will be posted on their website.

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Anthony Smith

November 23, 2020

Donna always made me feel better with her contagious optimism. She didn't display despair although in her quiet moments, I am sure she wanted to be well. On one of my visits to her home we watched a video concerning the book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ, and this was a memory I will cherish. Donna's faith in Him was through a glass darkly, but now is face to face with her Savior.

Aunt Georgia Jones

November 23, 2020

Not enough sweet words to describe our precious Donna.
I too , like Brenda, will miss calling Donna. The last words she said to me was "I love you Aunt Georgia". Donna was always a sweet little girl and she never changed when she grew up. She was the most caring, loving, genuine person you would ever want to meet.She would say it's the way I was raised, it's the Durham Family way. All for one and one for all. (I think she heard that from her Dad)
Donna loved everybody and adored her family. I hope you boys can carry on the tradition for Donna's sake . Life has a way of getting busy and families go their separate way. Try to remember to take time to be there for each other.
Donna had such a thankful attitude. Even enduring her battle with cancer she never lost Faith - She knew this life was just temporary and she was going to her ultimate home.
I'll miss you so much Donna. I Love You! 'Til we meet again Hug all my Heavenly Family for me!
Love Aunt Georgia

Alice Bligh

November 22, 2020

I worked with Donna at Wellstar for many years. She had a heart as big as the moon. She was an incredible mother to her sons and put her family above all else. I will always remember her for her kindness to everyone and her selfless nature.

Candice DeNucci

November 22, 2020

I would love to share some thoughts about Donna Blackwood. I met her while working at Wellstar and we bonded immediately, it was beautiful a friendship. She was genuine and always kind to everyone. We would laugh and cut up about how life can throw us some crazy curveballs. Now, that’s such a blessing when you can share anything with a person and you always end up laughing and smiling and leaving them feeling better than they were before you talked. That’s what Donna did, she spread joy and love.

She was a strong Christian woman and I’m so grateful God gave me such a beautiful friend. She loved her family and always talked about her boys. Family was so precious to her. She made me feel like family and loved my children. She gave my son a teddy bear for Christmas a few years ago and he sleeps with it every night. I asked Donna “what is your last wish to do with me?” She said” I want to go dance with you and feel young again. So, of course I made plans the next weekend and I let some people know we would be going out but she didn’t feel so well that weekend and we didn’t go.

I bet she’s feeling young again and she dancing in heaven. Dance, dance, dance my sweet friend. I hope and pray one day I’ll be dancing with her in heaven. We love you Donna and you are missed. 💗

Morgan Boston

November 21, 2020

The most beautiful soul! We all love & miss you so dearly aunt Donna. Forever in our hearts... til we meet again!

Debbie Garrett

November 21, 2020

I worked for many years with Donna at Wellstar. My heart hurt when I heard she was sick. I talked a good bit with her in messages a few months back and she was as upbeat and positive as always. She always had a smile and that sparkle in her eye for me when I would tease with her. Looking through these pictures posted even at her sickest she kept that smile and sparkle in her eye. Probably because she knew she was on her way home. Donna I am proud that you shared some of your life with me. You are missed.

Sandra Bailey

November 21, 2020

Donna was such a warm loving person. Always a smile on her face and friendly to all!! I really enjoyed talking and visiting with her at family gatherings. She will be truly missed but I know she is safe in the arms of her Jesus and out of the pain she had endured for a very long time. We will see her again in our forever home some day!! I’m sure Jesus greeted her with a well done my faithful servant!! Come into your heavenly reward!!

Brenda Hunton

November 21, 2020

I am surely going to miss calling "my" Donna. (I already do...) This past year we talked so much on the phone. I would get myself prepared before each time I called her, knowing how sick her treatments were making her but every time she was always bubbly and cheerful and after talking with her, she always made me feel better. We talked about everything and anything, and relived a lot of memories. Mainly we laughed! Nothing was off limits. She knew what her future held and she amazed me how she was talking so bluntly as she shared her final wishes with me and about making her final plans. It was very important to get her affairs in order and she was very happy to get Rockey settled in his own place near Jennifer and was so happy she was taking him to church. She said she knew Jenny would look after Rockey and he would take care of her. She also knew how very sick Linda was. She even said Linda might just "go" before her. I admired her strength and how she battled her treatments. She was my inspiration and I told her how proud we all were of her for not only that but for how much she accomplished with her life and in her career and in raising her boys. Donna was very smart. She acted shocked when I bragged on her and of course she said "you really think so?" and of course she thanked me. She was a very humble and very loving person. I loved my Donna...and everyone that met her did also!

Shirley Jones

November 20, 2020

Donna our hearts were not ready but your wings were. You will be missed by all that loved you and shared your life with you. I have such fond memories of you while we were in Marietta High and the first car that you got. You were so proud of that car and there were many adventures shared in that big green mobile. I have so much that I would like to share but I know that if I start the tears will begin to flow. I am so glad that you are no longer in pain and that now you will be at peace in heaven. I love you Donna and I will miss you my friend.

Trudy Reno

November 20, 2020

I have lots of memories with Donna from high school to her sister Linda becoming my sister in law.
My favorite memory is Donna and I was pregnant at the same time both of us fixing to be new mothers. We use to take walks cause Donna said it would make our labor pains easier to take( I couldn't tell mine hurt bad lol) but we walked everyday till the day we went into labor. My labor was induced on feb.27 1976 Donna went onto labor the same day. I had my son that night she didnt have her son till the two days later making her baby a leap year baby . She was proud of that. We were just two doors down from each other so we visited each other often.
Love you Donna will see you later, enjoy your rest with the Lord! 😪😇🙏✝️♥️♥️🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🌹🇺🇲

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