Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

October 2, 2012

Donna Brandon


Daily Iowegian

CENTERVILLE — Donna Brandon, 73, of Centerville, finally won her fight with cancer. She got to go to heaven on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012 at Mercy Medical Center in Centerville.

She was born the daughter of Wilbur and Jennie (Christy) Minard on Dec. 5, 1938. Donna worked at the telephone company in Centerville for many years, where she became lifelong friends with Fonnie Baldock of Unionville, Mo. She subsequently worked for McGraw Edison until the company pulled out of Centerville. Donna then became employed with Ruan Company located in Des Moines before she relocated back to Centerville where she worked for Wal-Mart until her retirement.

Donna’s favorite pastime was bowling. She achieved numerous trophies while bowling.

She is survived by a granddaughter, Ann (Erik) Hull of Plano; great-grandchildren, Haley, Cameron, Christian and Faith Hull; two brothers, Walter (Rita) Minard of Nampa, Idaho and Richard (Bee) Minard of Suffolk, Va.; two sisters, Emma Lee Leopard of Plano and Sandi (Junior) Robbins of Centerville; one sister-in-law, Roberta Minard of Queen City, Mo.; one step-sister, Sue (Robert) Conger of Centerville; and many nieces and nephews.

Donna was preceded in death by her beloved only son, Eddie Dean Brandon, at the age of 22; her father, Wilbur Minard; mother, Jennie Minard Sacco; step-father, Vince Sacco; her youngest brother, J.R. Minard; oldest sister, Virginia May Minard; brothers-in-law, Harold Leopard and Jack Bowen; and one nephew, Tim Leopard.

She was a very kind and giving person and even in death donated her eyes so two others might see.

A visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 31 at Lange Funeral Home and Crematory in Centerville.  Pastor Michael McKissick will share a word of prayer with friends and family on Friday evening. A burial of the cremains will be held at a later date in the Jerome Cemetery in Jerome.

Memorials have been established to the Brandon Memorial Fund and may be given to Lange Funeral Home, 1900 S. 18th St., Centerville.