Donna’s life began on February 4, 1940, the daughter of John and Flora (Tiers) Kerns in Florence, Kansas. She graduated from Florence High School Class of 1958. She was united in marriage to Richard Duane Snelling on June 1, 1957, in Burns, Kansas. Donna was the owner and operator of Lea J Alan Enterprises in Newton for 16 years. She loved her family and enjoyed bowling, golf, traveling in their motorhome, and Hallmark movies. She was a member of the Kansas Twisters Motorhome Club and the Kansas Manufactured Housing Association where she was a board member.
Her loving family includes her husband, Richard of the home; daughter and her husband, Jaci and Jon Beeman; sons and their wives, Bruce and Shari Snelling of Newton, John and Liz Snelling of Augusta; two sisters, Karen Walker of Kansas City, Kansas and Linda (Rick) Eggers of Great Bend, Kansas; grandchildren, Kati (Chris) Westerhaus, Kylie (Kalin) Johnson, Garett Snelling and Tyler Snelling; 4 great-grandchildren, Harper and Kase Westerhaus, Mattix Bruner and Hudson Snelling.
Donna was preceded in death by her parents and an infant sister, Penni Kerns. Donna passed away on Wednesday, January 24, 2018, having reached the age of 77 years old.
Her family will gather with friends on Monday, January 29, from 5-7 p.m. Funeral Service will be held Tuesday, January 30, at 1:00 p.m. both at Carlson Colonial Funeral Home with Pastor Steve Hysom officiating. She will be laid to rest in Hillcrest Cemetery in Florence, Kansas.
Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers may be directed to Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice, 313 S. Market, Wichita, Kansas 67202, or Kansas Humane Society, 3313 N. Hillside, Wichita, Kansas 67219. Please sign her online guestbook and leave a memory of Donna at www.carlsoncolonial.com
Charitable donations may be made to:
Harry Hynes Memorial Hospice
313 S. Market St., Wichita KS 67202
Kansas Humane Society
3313 N. Hillside, Wichita KS 67219