Donna Reed Sawyer

March 8, 1954September 3, 2019
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Donna Reed Sawyer, age 65 of Hermitage, Tennessee, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at Centennial Medical Center.

Donna loved children and got to know a lot of children through their parents. Her passion led her to work in childcare for several years until she had a heart attack. After recovering, she then worked in property management at the YMCA in Donelson. Donna was a joy to be around, and she will be missed by all who knew her.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Harry Reed Moyers and Jewell Carnell Wair Moyers; brother, Larry Dean “Moe” Moyers; and brother-in-law, Tom Sawyer.

Donna is survived by her loving husband of 45 years, Martin Sawyer; goddaughter, Karli Qualls; sisters, Gayle (James) Merritt, and Carolyn (Lloyd) Hinton; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Bonnie Sawyer, David (Nancy) Sawyer, Cheryl (Randy) Moore, Bobby (Kathy) Sawyer, and Richard (Beth) Sawyer; her two precious four-legged companions, Molly and Maggie; her YMCA family; and several other extended family members and friends.

Visitation will be at Hermitage Funeral Home on Friday, September 6, 2019 from 4:00 pm until 8:00 pm, and also on Saturday, September 7, 2019 from 10:00 am until 11:30 am.

The Celebration of Donna’s Life will be at Hermitage Funeral Home on Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 11:30 am with Pastor Jason Harlin officiating.

Interment will follow at Hermitage Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the YMCA Full Circle and given to the family.


  • Visitation Friday, September 6, 2019
  • Visitation Saturday, September 7, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Saturday, September 7, 2019


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Carrie Rush

September 6, 2019

Donna was one of a kind. She cherished her family and friends, and all things beautiful in this life. She spent so much of her time giving to others, and sharing that love for beauty in her crafting. She also enjoyed cooking, and was excellent in the kitchen! She was the best gift giver, and you could always see her joy in the giving. She wore her heart on her sleeve. You knew how she felt, and she was open in letting us share her pain, joy, frustration, excitement, love. Although her time has been cut short, she lived every day exactly how she wanted- with her pups, with Martin, and with her cherished family, friends, and co-workers. We know she wasn't ready to leave her babies, and she will be terribly missed... but we also know her faith was strong and she is now sharing all her love in praise for her Lord, and in wondrous celebration with those that passed before. And I imagine she'll be watching over us, and sending her gifts from Heaven ❤️
We love you Donna, and have been blessed to share this life with you.