GASTONIA - Donna Skipper Michaels, 62, of 1808 Wildwood Road, passed away Nov. 9, 2012, at her residence.
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She was a native of Gaston County, born March 11, 1950, to the late Charles Douglas Skipper and Hazel Purser Arthurs.
She was a member of Covenant United Methodist Church and had been in banking for over 30 years, working at Carolina Trust and BB & T before retiring.
Donna was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and friend to all. She deeply loved her dogs, Cricket, Sassy, Jackson, Mitzy and Bailey. Donna always opened her home to all the youth, her home was the neighborhood central to all, young and old. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband of 43 years Woodrow Joseph "Joe" Michaels, who died in 2011, and a sister, Karen S. Carpenter.
She is survived by a son, Brian Michaels of Charlotte, and a daughter, Jackie M Flemings and her husband John of Gastonia, and their daughter Hannah Fleming; a brother Doug Skipper of Gastonia; nephew, Jason Carpenter and wife Kim and their six children; brother and sisters, Susie and Ray McMillian, Pat and Glenn Leigh, Dick and Janet Michaels, Dan and Lisa Michaels. Several precious nieces and nephews.
The celebration of life service will be held 3 p.m. Monday at Covenant United Methodist Church with the Rev. Paul Brown officiating.
The family will receive friends prior to the service from 1 to 3 p.m.
Interment will be private at Westview Gardens at a later date.
Memorials may be made to Covenant United Methodist Church, 801 W. Franklin Blvd., Gastonia, NC 28052 or Gaston Hospice, P.O. Box 3984, Gastonia, NC 28054.
Condolences may be made to the family at www.withersandwhisenantfuneral.com.
The family is being cared for by Withers and Whisenant Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 2916 Union Road, Gastonia, 704-864-5144.
Published in Gaston Gazette on Nov. 11, 2012