OBITUARY

Donna Jean Martin

May 31, 1932November 19, 2020

Donna Jean Martin of Sherman, Illinois passed from this life on to her eternal home on November 19, 2020 in Springfield, Illinois. She was born on May 31, 1932, the daughter of Mary Lucille Johnson, in Sherman, Illinois. Donna was the one of two children, yet she was blessed with a large extended family with many relatives to share her childhood. She attended Williamsville High School where she exceled in basketball, played the cymbals and drums in the band, and enjoyed participating in the Drama program. It was during this time that she met Ken Martin who she married and together they had four sons and one daughter.

Donna was known by her friends as outgoing and caring, traits that she magnified throughout her life. When she became a single mother caring for five children, she went to work as a Unit Clerk in a local hospital transcribing the doctor’s orders which was not an easy task! Donna spent a great deal of her time on the Burn Unit at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield, IL where her love and compassion really exhibited itself with those that needed it the most. Yet she always had time for her children and all their activities. We all knew how much she loved and cared for each of us.

As a family, job changes or transfers required her to pack up and move the household from one state to another year after year until settling in Amarillo, Texas in 1967 where she stayed several years until coming back home to Sherman. Donna loved this country and was proud to send three of her sons and two of her grandsons off to serve in this country’s Armed Services to protect those strong beliefs. Donna loved her Dallas Cowboys, watching old movies and tv series and visiting with her children and grandchildren whenever she could. She was a good cook and many of her favorite recipes have been passed down throughout the family.

Donna was a fighter. Her health issues continued to increase throughout these last years. However with the loving care of her daughter overseeing to her daily care, weekly doctor visits and monthly hospital stays, she never gave up until there was nothing else that could be done and even then demanded to be taken back to her home in Sherman. And she got her wish!

She was preceded in death by her mother, Mary Hart; her grandparents, Kate and Robert Johnson as well as several uncles and aunts. Donna’s legacy will continue on through her sons, Ken & Deanna Martin of Bonham Texas, Bob & Treva Martin of Ceres, CA, Mike & Cindy Martin of Houston, TX and Mark & Kathy Martin of Gilbert, AZ; and her daughter, Kristi Martin of Sherman, IL as well from her beloved grandchildren including her “adopted granddaughter” Emmalee Cooper and her family of Williamsville, IL, and great-grandchildren as well as many nephews and nieces.

Donna was loved while she was with us here in this life and will continued to be loved by her family and friends through time and all eternity. She will be dearly missed.

Her family would like to extent their most sincere appreciation to those Health Care Professionals that treated her with the upmost care, compassion, and dignity. We would like to recognize particularly the Admitting and One C Staff and Nurses at MMC; all the doctors, nurses, and staff in the Interventional Radiology at MMC especially Dr. Robert Burke, and her Family Physician, Dr. Randy Western. We cannot begin to express our thankfulness to her “Special Doctor”, Dr. Sohail Siddique who’s life saving surgery extended her life many years as well as becoming a best friend to her, Kristi and our family. We will never forget the time, effort and true caring he gave to our Mom. May you all be blessed and kept safe and know that you are ALL in our thoughts and prayers.

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Bobbie Freer

November 27, 2020

Butch, Donna & Ken, Shirley & Oscar, Keith

Ann Stanks

November 26, 2020

I worked with Donna for many years in the Burn Center at Memorial. Such a kind and wonderful person. I will always appreciate having known Donna and I offer my sincere condolences to all of her family.

Bobbie (Hays) Freer

November 24, 2020

So sorry to hear of Donna's passing. I'll always remember her beautiful smile. As kids, we loved when the cousins from California or Texas came to visit for the summer. When Donna & Kristi would come back to IL. to visit Grandma Johnson and later when they moved back - they always made a point to visit with mom and dad at the farm. Mom and Dad, both, enjoyed her company. Dad used to love to tease Donna - sometimes about her Texas accent. She was always ready with a retort - right back to him and didn't let anything slide. Dad loved the banter. Mom always enjoyed hearing about the expanding Martin clan. My condolences to the family.

Ted Dickey

November 23, 2020

Ken-So sorry to learn of your Mom's passing. I will remember her and your family on Sunday to the Catholic God. Travel safe on your return and reach out if there is anything I can do to help.

Joyce Cooper

November 22, 2020

Delores Oschwald Fowler

November 22, 2020

Donna was one of my very best friends in high school. I was at her home many Sundays when the Johnson family would gather. I was her maid of honor when she married Ken and godmother when the twins were baptized in the Williamsville High School Gym due to the tornado damaging the Methodist Church in Williamsville. I have many fond memories of my time with Donna. I would see her later in life when she helped out seniors at the Villa in Sherman and brought them to senior dinners at the Sherman churches. She was always a caring, loving person. She will be missed

Robin Heffron

November 22, 2020

So sorry to hear about Donna's passing. I remember being so excited as a kid when Kristy and Donna would visit us from Texas! They were a lot of fun to be around! I remember Donna always being as nice as she could be! It was always fun to see the different cousins from Texas come to visit, also. It was great that everyone always came to see Shirley and Oscar!

Sorry if I have two of these memories on here.

Tom Hays

November 21, 2020

So sorry to hear of your mom's passing. I will always remember visiting with her and all of you at the farm when I was younger. She was a good person and I remember how much mom enjoyed her visits. Please accept our condolences, Tom.

Mike Martin

November 20, 2020

AJ Martin

November 20, 2020

I love you grandma!

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