Donna M. Dodge
Donna M. Dodge, 57, of Urbana passed away on Thursday (Jan. 8, 2015) at the Champaign-Urbana Nursing & Rehab Center.
Donna was born July 14, 1957, in Clinton, the daughter of Mark A. and Reta M. (Pruitt) Lyons. She was a 1975 graduate of Farmer City-Mansfield High School. She married Michael R. Dodge on Oct. 30, 1976. She worked for 10 years at Roberson Corp. (Pre-Fab) in Farmer City and then for nearly 15 years at Health Alliance in Urbana.
Donna is survived by her three children, Melissa Place and husband Kevin of Fisher, Michael S. Dodge and wife Lauren of Champaign, and Miranda Dodge and partner Matt Roderick of Naperville. She is also survived by her three grandchildren, Austin Winemiller and Avery and Anna Place of Fisher. She was preceded in death by her father.
Donna was a serious person who appreciated heartfelt greeting cards, TV shows like "The Waltons" and "Little House on the Prairie," and music like Elton John and Anne Murray. Her children loved her homemade apple crisp and pumpkin pies, and can remember back to a time when she would let her hair down and sing out loud with them in the car to "Karma Chameleon," The Judds and the soundtrack to "The Big Chill." Her favorite color was pink, and she loved roses and her pets and anything related to Princess Diana. Donna's grandchildren loved getting "Grammy jammies" for Christmas every year, and Grammy always had a snack for them! The name Donna means lady, and Donna certainly was a lady who was loved and will be missed.
Services are being handled by Heath and Vaughn Funeral Home, Champaign.
Burial will be private at Woodlawn Cemetery, Urbana.
Contributions may be made to the Champaign County Humane Society, which was close to Donna's heart.
Condolences may be offered online at www.HeathandVaughn.com.
Mike and family,
I was so shocked and sad to read about Donna's death. I remember her in high school as a very nice and sweet girl. I was pleased to read about her children and her precious grandchildren who I am sure will miss her terribly. My prayers are with you all.
Leah Smith Ochs
A mother is one of the greatest gifts anyone knows in a lifetime. I am sending love and sympathy to ALL three of Donna’s children — Melissa, Michael, and Miranda. I watched you grow up and that doesn’t happen as wonderfully as you’ve experienced and as you’ve demonstrated without the love and guidance of a mother. I am thinking of you and hope you and your families are comforted by many wonderful memories.
Stephanie Manuel RN, BSN