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Donna Mayberry
1934 2024

Donna Mayberry

October 26, 1934 — June 8, 2024

Donna Marie Mayberry (born October 26, 1934) passed in the early morning hours of June 8th 2024 from complications of cancer. She was the daughter of William "Kenneth" and Hazel Jean Ward of Jacksonville, IL. Donna was the oldest of 4 and survived by her 3 brothers; Harold Kenneth Ward of Troy, MO and twins Chester Dean Ward of Horicon, Wisconsin and Charles Jean Ward of Houston, Texas. She was widowed by both Robert Joe Mayberry of St. Charles, MO and Kenneth M. Pee of Vicksburg, MS. She had two Sons, Robert Joe Mayberry Jr. (Jan A. Mayberry) of Wentzville, MO and William Hodge Mayberry (Terry Mayberry) of Vicksburg, Mississippi (both deceased). She had 7 Grandchildren, 12 Great-Grandchildren, and 3 Great Great-Grandchildren.

She earned her BS from Mississippi State College for Women in Columbus, MS and a Masters in Business from Mississippi State University in Starkville, MS. She was very active with equal rights in the Federal Government as an Equal Employment Officer and served on many women's rights committees while serving over 30 years in the Federal Government. She served in such places as Vicksburg, Mississippi, Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and her last posting was in St. Louis, MO. She was a hobbiest at heart and enjoyed painting, sewing, gardening, doll, and stuffed bear collecting and many other things that caught her fancy. She, at different times, sold Fay Swafford and Mary Kay products and enjoyed throwing parties and meeting new people. She owned a Doll/Bear shop in Springfield, IL as well as several other smaller endeavors. She also was a dog lover and at one time, while in Arkansas, had a kennel od well over 20 different breeds of dogs, showing and owning a few Champion dachshunds. Her prized rescue companion in her later years was a shelter dog named Bambi. Bambi's passing shortly before Donna was a tremendous hardship for Donna. While in her later years she was barely mobile but she still enjoyed watching TV, reading, doing puzzles, and visiting everyone who came to visit. She also enjoyed sharing her daily ice cream sandwiches with her son's dog, Ginger.

She will be fondly remembered by those who knew her and dearly missed by her family.

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