OBITUARY

Donna Joann Smith

July 6, 1949June 17, 2014
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Donna J. [Stewart] Smith, age 64, went home to be with our Lord Jesus on June 17, 2014. She was born to James Delbert and Dorothy [Hickman] Stewart on July 6, 1949 in Madison, Indiana. Donna graduated from Madison Consolidated High School in 1967. In 1971, she graduated from Indiana University, with a degree in Retail and a Minor in Music. In 1971, Donna was employed by Dayton-Hudson Retail stores - headquartered in Minneapolis. She moved to Indiana where she worked for Paul Harris, opening over 15 retail stores. Moving back to Minnesota, she married Roger Smith in 1975. When her son David was born October 4, 1976, she wanted to leave the travel and stay home with her son. In 1977, Donna started teaching piano to young students in their home. She also composed and wrote music. Donna became the worship leader in a church in Eden Prairie, MN. In 2000, they moved to Gold Canyon, AZ, Donna began attending Superstition Baptist Church and eventually began playing piano for the worship service. This grew into the position of Worship Leader and Administrator of the church. One of the highlights was the Praise Kids program that she poured into as a way to connect with the children of the community. Every year, for 2 weeks, in the summer, Donna would compose music and teach students in New Hampshire at PSU Music Camp. She taught there faithfully for 8 years. She was also involved in the National Piano Teachers Assoc. Donna has been a member at Harvest Community Church for 5 years. Donna is survived by her husband Roger D. Smith, son David Michael Smith and his wife Caitlin; grandchildren Chaille and Callan of Manheim, PA; her mother Dorothy Stewart of Florence, AZ; her sister Dianna Stewart of Madison, Indiana and her brother James Stewart of Florence, AZ as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. In lieu of flowers the family is requesting that donations be made to: Donna J. Smith Monster Festival Scholarship c/o Carleen Graff, 17 High Street, MSC 37, Plymouth State University, Plymouth, NH 03264. Make checks payable to: PSU (Plymouth State University. Celebration of Life services will be held on Wednesday, June 25th at 3:00 pm at Harvest Community Church, , 3065 S. Ellsworth Rd, Mesa, AZ 85212. Donna will be interred at Grandview Cemetery in Madison, IN

Services

  • Celebration of Life Service Wednesday, June 25, 2014
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Donna Joann Smith

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June 29, 2014

Jan and I were very sorry to read of Donna's passing. We would like to send a card to the family, but do not have an address. Could someone please email the address for Donna's mother to me at: larryschmidt@charter.net.

Judy Utter Oliver

June 27, 2014

Donna and I were classmates at MCHS. Rest in peace, my friend!

Sharon Hansel (Earls)

June 20, 2014

I was a classmate of Donna's at MCHS. I remember a very sweet gal with a beautiful smile. Facebook helped us get re-acquainted and sadly, kept us informed about her illness. I know she is no longer in pain and heaven has gained another angel.

Carla Bruner

June 20, 2014

So very sorry to hear about Donna. We graduated together and kept in touch via Facebook. She was such a sweetheart and will be missed greatly. May God be holding her hand.
Carla B.

Judi Meacham Rohrig

June 20, 2014

Donna and I were classmates at Madison Consolidated High School, class of 67. She and I double-dated once. She wasn't allowed to date a certain boy and so we switched dates at the dance so she could be with her fella. Donna was such a sweetheart then, but I don't imagine she ever changed.

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