Donna Louise Martin Hepner, beloved daughter of Richard Lyle Martin and Evelyn Garman Martin, was born August 29, 1956 in Roanoke, VA. She was the devoted, loving wife of Joseph (Joey) Martin Hepner of Mt. Jackson, VA, to whom she married on May 18, 1991. The passionate "Super Mom" to their daughters, Annan Garman Hepner and Ally Elise Hepner of Mt. Jackson, VA, special mom to Bryan Hepner and wife Christina Hepner, and "Nana" to grandsons Finnegan and Keegan Hepner of Winchester, VA.
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Donna is also survived by her three siblings and their families: sister, Linda Newton and husband, John, nephew, Lane Newton, all of Harrisonburg, VA, and niece, Lindsey Newton, of Smyrna, GA; brother, Richard (Rick) Martin, Jr. and wife, Mereka, of Fredericksburg, VA; and sister, Rebecca (Becky) Shifflett and husband, Colby, niece, Morgan Dean, nephew, Clayton Shifflett, all of Grottoes, VA, and nephew, Christopher Dean, of Elkton, VA; sister-in-law, Sandra H. Cash of Richmond, VA, and uncle, Max Hepner of Mt. Jackson, VA. Many aunts, uncles, cousins, and dear friends will also cherish her memory, great smile and wonderful wit.
Donna passed peacefully at home and in the arms of her loving family, Joey, Annan, and Ally, on October 29, 2012. She was 56 years young.
The extraordinary strength, courage, and determination practiced in her private battle with cancer will hopefully inspire all to love every day to its fullest.
Having moved from Roanoke, VA at 3 years old, Elkton, VA became home. She was an active member of the Evangelical United Methodist Church throughout her early adulthood. Donna graduated from Elkton High School in 1974. She was class president, homecoming queen, Miss EHS, Miss Elkton Field Day, a cheerleader, choir member, and band color guard; she really did it all. After graduation, Donna worked at Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport. In 1978, she joined Piedmont Airlines, now U.S. Air, thus beginning her 34 year career as a flight attendant. She will always be remembered for the priceless stories of her unique situations while flying those "Friendly Skies."
A passionate volunteer with many creative talents, which included, gifted artisan, set designer, and craft extraordinaire. A true active participant and supporter of Annan and Ally's many activities, from Shenandoah Valley Children's Choir, Dance and Company, horse lessons and shows, to travel soccer, school plays, concerts, and holiday planning. A true lover of all people, animals, and flowers, she always opened her heart, mind, and arms to take on a new project.
Joey and Donna were fortunate to travel together on worldwide trips and family vacations. Sharing their lives; creating treasured memories never to be forgotten and loving bonds never to be broken.
A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, November 3, 2012, at Kyger Funeral Home, 3173 Spotswood Trail, Harrisonburg, VA with the Rev. Duane Yoder officiating. The family will receive friends following the service at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Shenandoah Valley Children's Choir, care of Yvette Peake, EMU, Harrisonburg, VA 22802; Shenandoah Valley United Soccer, 54 Market Street, Harrisonburg, VA 22801; or the
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Published in Northern Virginia Daily from Oct. 31 to Nov. 1, 2012