Donna L. Broughear
July 18, 1959 – May 16, 2020
Donna Lynne Broughear, 60 of Martinsburg, won her battle with ALS as she passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 16, 2020, at home surrounded by her loving family. Born July 18, 1959 in Martinsburg, she is the daughter of and is survived by Mildred “Middy” Butts. She attended Martinsburg High School. She was an avid MHS Baseball fan. She was a faithful employee of Ruby’s of Inwood. The family extends gratitude to Ruby’s owner, Tom Homan, for his care and support for Donna during her health journey. Donna never met a stranger and she told a great story. She was a great conversationalist whose laugh bubbled up from a deep well of personality that beamed through her smile that was contagious. She loved the outdoors and shared an appreciation for creation in all its forms, especially animals and birds. She was even known to have a pet opossum named “Henry,” which she lovingly referred to as her “outside rodent” and her chipmunk “Lil’ Taco,” at her house. Her joy and creativity was found in landscaping and beautification jobs she did for many family and friends. She loved to see spaces and places transform through blooms and blossoms. Seeing people take pride in the place they called “home,” was a true treasure to Donna. The love that sparked in her eyes when she worked with her hands in the flower beds was matched when she spent time with those she loved most, her family. She is survived by her two daughters Joni Slonaker and husband, Robert of Martinsburg, Jennifer Armel of Martinsburg; and one son, Jared Broughear and girlfriend, Allison Viakley of Martinsburg; four grandchildren, Erin Slonaker (Matthew Wood), Isaac Slonaker, Christian Mazzeo, and Olivia Gray; one great-grandchild, Nyomie Wood; and brother, Morris Butts of Inwood, sister, Teri Mercer and husband, Mike of Martinsburg, sister, Charylene Mintz of Herndon, Virginia, and sister, Beth Grim and husband, Marty of Hedgesville. She is remembered fondly by Mary Newlin and husband, Jason of Inwood, who were like a daughter and son-in-law to Donna, and many cousins, extended relatives, and close friends. She is preceded in death by father-figure David Davis. Family will receive friends through a drive-up visitation that will be held on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 from 3-5pm at Rosedale Funeral Home. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Berkeley County Humane Society, 554 Charles Town Rd. Martinsburg, WV 25405.
Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Donna L. Broughear
May 29, 2020
Teri, My deepest condolences on the loss of your sister. I know it is so difficult to lose a loved one esp to this terrible disease. There are no words to comfort someone who loses a loved one but we both know how awful this disease is and that she is now free from her pain and captivity in a body that just won't work anymore.
May 22, 2020
Thinking of you all and sending lots of love and hugs 💜
Will always remember the kindness and loving bond of your entire family, extended to all, and to ours (especially Lauren and I).
The memories are precious and priceless!
Forever grateful and thankful!
Holding you all close in my heart 💜
May 20, 2020
So where should I begin, we have worked together for a very long time. I will never forget how you trained me at the Ciggy Shack lol... all the fried zucchini and chicken nuggets we ate . You rescued me after Macy's let me go because of the arm surgery, and again brought me under your wing .... I became a worker for Ruby's and to this day I'm very thankful for that. You were more than a boss to me , you were a awesome person and friend. I'll never forget all that you taught me . Rest easy until we meet again 💙
May 19, 2020
I would like to express my sincere condolences to Donna's family. Take comfort in knowing that when we lose a love one here on earth, we gain an angel in heaven that watches over us. With deepest sympathy as you remember Donna.
May 18, 2020
My true sister we have been together for over 37 years. I can never forget the day I met you, you called me babygirl, I have been saying it every since. We went through some of the greatest and worst times of our lives. We were true confidants with a love for each other more than I can explain. My heart is broken until were together again. We always said "You're gonna miss me when I'm gone". Well I miss you more than air, I was so sure I would be the first to go. I love you so much, please wait for me. JONI, JENNIFER & JARED my love is with you, along with the rest of the family. RIP my babygirl you are happy & healthy now. 😭🙏❤😘🌹