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Donna Carr Darter, loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend, passed away peacefully in Melbourne, Florida, May 22, 2013, surrounded by her loved ones.
She is survived by her husband Bill Darter; daughter Kristy Coyle Virostek (Rob); grandchildren Tim, Katie, and Beth; son Brad Coyle (Cathy); grandchildren Brad, Jr., Abby and Briggs; son Chip Coyle (Lisa); and grandchildren Hayley, Alexa and Sutton; sister Sue Hyson (Bob); brother Bob Carr (Linda); and step-brother Ken Hickman (Jeanne). Donna is also survived by stepchildren Nancy (Gary), Susan and Jim (Eddie).
Donna Jean Carr was born January 20, 1939 in Rochester, NY, the second of three daughters and one son to Helen Short Carr and Frederick Robert Carr. She attended Monroe High School in Rochester, where she graduated in 1956, a three-year cheerleader. From there, Donna attended Lasell Junior College in Newton, MA. Subsequently, she attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and enjoyed a semester studying and traveling abroad at the University of Vienna in Austria. After college, Donna was employed by Eastman Kodak in Rochester.
Donna was married to Bud Coyle from 1961 to 1976. They first lived in Anchorage, AK, where their two sons Chip and Brad were born, then in Lafayette, IN and then at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO, where their daughter Kristy was born. From there, they moved to McLean, VA.
Donna married Bill Darter in 1976 and remained in McLean until 1992. During those years, Donna enjoyed becoming a life-master at bridge, maintaining ownership in several hotels throughout North America and starting and growing a retail gift business in Tysons Corner, VA called Thumbelina's, through which she dealt in miniatures and artwork. Donna and Bill relocated to Stuart and then to Melbourne, FL, where she worked full-time until last year.
In all chapters of her life, Donna remained a loyal and loving friend, keeping close ties to classmates from Monroe High and college, friends in Virginia and at Washington Golf & CC and recently to friends in Melbourne. She will be forever remembered fondly for her inquisitive nature by her three children and nine grandchildren, with whom she spent countless hours making puzzles and playing card games like Spite and Malice.
A memorial celebration is planned for later in the summer in the Washington, DC area.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Donna's honor to the Monroe High School Class of 1956 (105 Victoria Ave., Rochester, NY, 14618), gathering later this summer for their 75th birthday celebrations at Canandaigua Lake, NY. The lake is one of Donna's favorite places to spend time with her family and enjoy what she called the most beautiful spot on earth.
Arrangements entrusted to Ammen Family Cremation and Funeral Care, Melbourne, 321-724-2222.
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Ammen Family Cremation & Funeral Care
1001 S Hickory St Melbourne, FL 32901
Published in FLORIDA TODAY on May 26, 2013