GREENVILLE - Donna Kay Wright, 73, of Greenville passed away March 26, 2013, at her home in Greenville. She had recently been diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
She was born March 11, 1940, in Greenville, Ohio, the daughter of Donald Richard and Gwendolyn Irene (Rehmert) Neiswonger. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Wright; sister, Rebecca Neiswonger, and brother, James William Neiswonger.
After retirement, Donna was very involved with volunteering locally. At different times, she volunteered for Friends of the Library, North School, Woodland Heights, Humane Society, Crime Stoppers, Hospice, Red Cross, and Darke County Park District. She received and 2002 VFW Citizen of the Year and 2003 VFW State Volunteer of the Year award. She helped establish the Darke County Birders Club, the Darke County Canoe and Kayak Club, and began the Greenville Creek clean-up
She was involved with many of the St. Paul Lutheran Church committees, served on church council, and was the first cook for the soup kitchen. She worked as church secretary for Grace Lutheran Church. For many years, she helped as a poll worker. Donna was active with the Republican Party, having served as treasurer of the Darke County Republican Executive Committee, and served on the Central Committee. She received the Darke County Party's Republican of the Year Recognition.
Donna is survived by son, William Norvell of Miami, Fla.; daughter-in-law and husband, Emiko and David Augsburger of Greenville; grandchildren, Nicholas Norvell and Ryan Augsburger of Greenville; two great-grandchildren; and special friend, Steve Miller. She is also survived by brother, Tom (Cindy) Neiswonger of McMinnville, Ore.; sisters, Jennifer (Richard) Wagle of Weatherford, Texas; Mary (Carl) Welsh of Lawton, Okla.; Uncle Phil and Aunt Marjory Rehmert of Greenville; and several cousins, nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 131 E. Fourth St., Greenville, with Pastor Peter Menke officiating. Burial will follow in the old section of Greenville Cemetery.
The family will receive friends on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville and Saturday morning from 9:30 to 10:30 at the church. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be left to St. Paul Lutheran Church of Greenville and State of the Heart Hospice. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com