Donna Jane Whitmore

October 23, 1945July 26, 2018

Donna Jane Whitmore of Laurens passed away peacefully on July 26th, 2018 surrounded by her loving family. She was born on Oct 23, 1945 to Donald and Clara Scanlon and was the oldest of four siblings. She married her Toad (Ronald ‘Toad’ Whitmore) on December 10, 1966 and they were blessed with two daughters, Jodi and Julie.

Donna worked at the State University College at Oneonta for over 30 years. She worked in Accounts Receivable where she was very loved by her co-workers and was a mentor to many.

From 1980-1988 she was very involved with the Laurens Jaguar Colorguard and Marching Band. She never missed a show or parade and was an official Colorguard Mom. She was a founding member of POMP and travelled with the school to Ohio when they were chosen to march in the Football Hall of Fame parade. She was also an integral part of the dynamic duo of "The Mouth and the Backbone." She was an avid quilter and was a member of the Butternut Valley Quilt Guild where her friends helped her perfect her craft. She made many, many cherished heirlooms with the help of her "quilt ladies." These will be treasured forever.

She was a longtime member of the Laurens Presbyterian Church and a member of the LPW. She was the baker of the much coveted "Donna's Blackberry Pie" which continually brought in a high bid at their pie auction. She was a talented gardener and surrounded her home with gorgeous flower beds. She looked forward to every spring when the lilacs would bloom, as that flower holds special memories to her family. She always said she would never have long nails as she much preferred having her hands in the dirt. She always had a smile on her face.

She loved the outdoors. Many memories were made on our family camping and fishing trips, as she loved to do both. She loved to take rides enjoying her surroundings and looking for eagles and covered bridges. She especially loved the fall, taking pictures of the autumn leaves. If she had a favorite place to be, it would be the ocean with her toes in the sand. She loved the ocean air and listening to the waves.

If we ever lost track of her, we knew there was a dog nearby. She never met a dog she didn't like, and she never let one pass without a rub to their head.

What she loved most of all was her family. She loved her husband and daughters, but she especially loved being a Grandma. She loved her granddaughter Alivia and grandson Benjamin with all her heart. There was even room for her granddogs Jeremiah and Jack.

She is survived by her husband Toad (Ronald) Whitmore of Laurens, her daughter Jodi and husband Donald Hendrickson of Livingston Manor, NY, her daughter Julie and her husband David Barton and their children Alivia and Benjamin of Huntington, NY, sister Judith Scanlon of Otego, NY, brother Don Scanlon and wife Nan of Oneonta, NY, brother Jim Scanlon of Laurens, NY, sister-in-law Donna Sorrentino of Laurens, NY, brother-in-law Richard and wife Patricia Whitmore of Amelia, VA and brother-in-law Billy and wife Judy Briscoe of West Oneonta, and several loving aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her many friends and unofficial children as she was mom to all. She was loved.

Calling hours will take place privately at the convenience of the family. A graveside service will be Saturday, August 4th at 3 p.m. in the Laurens Village Cemetery. Reception to follow at the Presbyterian Church.

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Arrangements are by the Bookhout Funeral Home, Oneonta.


  • Graveside Service Saturday, August 4, 2018

Donna Jane Whitmore

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October 5, 2018

Toad I am sorry for your loss My prayers and thoughts are with you and the family . We had so many happy times at camp. She is with my parents now up in heaven having their own get together.
Mary & Tim
Bea & Bill Bruso daughter.
I am so sorry I missed the funeral.

Judi Gage

August 6, 2018

Toad Jodi Julie Judy Jim Donna and families
No words can convey the depth of what is felt. Thank you for lending your wife, sister, mom mother in law, grandma, sister in law with the rest of us -It is still hard to take in - but will always remember her "Ahhh Honey Girl" or greeting Rick with "Here comes trouble!", her brodd smile and desire to help wherever she could.
Julie and Jodi, I ask you both please to listen to Martina McBride's "In My Daughters'Eyes". As mother's I think you will connect to what I know your Mom felt about you both.
Our lives are all richer because Donna has touched them.

Donna Ross

August 4, 2018

Toad and family,
My thoughts are with all of you at this sad time. Donna was a great
person. I'm glad to have known her. She will be missed for a long

Judith Scanlon

August 2, 2018

How can I share a memory of my sister when I have so many. She was my sister by birth and my best friend by choice. Her love was unconditional. I can't stand how much I miss her but I believe she is in heaven talking up a storm with mom and aunt tink and dad is just sitting there. My heart is broken for all of us who loved her so much

Pat an Sharon Sparaco

August 2, 2018

Toad an family very sorry to hear of your loss, are hearts an thoughts are with you all.

Jodi Hendrickson

August 1, 2018

Whenever Mom spent any time in the hospital, there was always an information board that would list the room number, the names of the nurses that day, her phone number, etc. Each board would have the prompt: 'what does your family want us to know'. We would always write this: 'this is our Momma. We know she is not your Mom, but she is our Mom, and she is special'. This is true. She was my Mom and she was special......I am going to miss her more than words can ever say. I miss you Mom.

Donna Simons

August 1, 2018

Dear Toad and family,

I am so sorry to hear of Donna's passing. I will miss visiting with her and seeing her smiling face -- at lunch with her and others at Pizzaland and when seeing you shopping with her. She appeared to always be living with "her glass half full".

With deepest sympathy, Donna Simons

Robin Renwick

August 1, 2018

Donna was a wonderful and caring person I was blessed to have known her and the family . God Bless you all . So sorry for your loss.


Nancy Barnes

August 1, 2018

Toad, You and the girls are in my prayers. Donna was such a special person. I will always remember our days in Student Accounts, playing hangman between data entry transactions, spending time with Maggie, Carol,Tom Martin,Tom Ryder and others. We had fun lunches at the Depot,(wear a red shirt and no one would see the sauce on it. ) so many great times.

Nancy (Lynch) Barnes

Cathy LaFontaine

August 1, 2018

To Donna’s Family,
I am sorry for your loss. I didn’t know Donna well. The few times Donna joined a small group of friends for lunch, she brought a special kindness to the day. My fondest memory is the last time Donna came to lunch with the group. She shared photos of her grandchildren with us. As we all were leaving after lunch, I got to say good by with a hug. She will be missed.