Donna Southard

Donna Achen Southard, 74

Donna Southard (nee Achen), 74, of West Lafayette, passed away from complications of pancreatic cancer on Tuesday, November 6, 2012, at her home amongst loved ones.

Born October 14, 1938, in Bellevue Iowa, to the late Arthur and Irma Achen. She left Bellevue in 1956 and moved to West Lafayette.

Graduating from Purdue University, she earned a B.S and M.S in education. After teaching English and Spanish in a local school, she went on to work at Purdue for 22.5 years as a Publications Manager for the School of Agriculture and the Indiana/Purdue Extension Service.

She married Ben Southard in 1989 in Sevier County, Sevierville Tenn. During their 16 years of marriage, they enjoyed travel, Purdue sporting events and antiquing.

She was a member of 1st Methodist Church, the John Purdue Club, Purdue University Retirees Association and Alpha Delta Pi sorority.

She is survived by a daughter Jennifer Toeppe, and fiance Steven Myerthall of Phoenix, Ariz, daughter, Stacey Toeppe and grandchildren, Daniel and Hannah Foltz, of Joplin, Mo, sister and brother-in-law Phyllis and Robert Post, of Gilman, Ill, sister-in-law, Vivian Achen of Bellevue, Iowa, and Id Jones, her beloved companion of three years. Donna is preceded in death by her parents, Arthur and Irma Achen of Bellevue, Iowa, a brother, Donald J. Achen of Bellevue, Iowa, and husband, Ben Southard of West Lafayette.

Memorial visitation will be Sunday, November 11, 2012, from 4-6 p.m. at Soller-Baker West Lafayette Chapel with the memorial service beginning at 6 p.m.

A special thank you to the St. Elizabeth Hospice staff, especially Kimra for their wonderful end of life care.

In lieu of flowers those wishing may contribute to the Purdue University Center for Cancer Research, Hansen Life Sciences Research Building, Room 141, 201 S. University Street, West Lafayette, 47907.

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Published in the Journal & Courier from Nov. 8 to Nov. 10, 2012