Donna McNab Davis, 79, of Fernandina Beach, passed away March 7, 2014, at Quality Health in Fernandina following an extended illness. Born in Mont Clair, N.J., to Donald McNab and Beatrice Jungerman McNab, Donna moved to numerous cities in Florida during World War II as her father was a civil engineer for the government and thus attended numerous elementary schools across the state she loved so much.
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She graduated from Palatka High School in 1952, then with honors from Florida State University as a fashion and merchandising major in 1956.
She began working for Mass Brothers in St. Petersburg. On March 25, 1959, Donna married her high school sweetheart, Tom Davis, after waiting for her Navy man to serve his country and complete his degree from the University of Florida.
After raising her family, Donna later returned to college and earned her bachelor's and master's degree in elementary education from the University of North Florida. She taught for 20 years in the Putnam County School District at Moseley Elementary School both in the classroom and reading lab.
Donna and Tom resided in Palatka from 1960 to 1994 and were active members of the First Presbyterian Church in Palatka, where Donna served as moderator for the Presbyterian women. After retiring, they moved to Crescent Beach, where they lived for 19 years until recently moving to Fernandina Beach. Donna loved her 'Noles, the beach and most importantly her family and friends. Her family will cherish her memory and will continue perking along, as she liked to say, until we see her beautiful smile again.
Donna was preceded in death by her parents, Donald McNab and Beatrice Jungerman McNab.
She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Thomas Davis of Fernandina Beach; a son, Donald Davis and wife Robley of Fleming Island; a daughter, Lee Davis-Clark and husband Mike of Fernandina Beach; grandchildren, Stephen, Cameron and Brandon Davis and Julia and Jessica Clark; a sister, Sandra McNab Turnbull; husband, Gene; niece, Laura Turnbull Clark; nephew, Greg Turnbull; and a cousin, Bruce McNab.
Memorial services celebrating Donna's life will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the First Presbyterian Church in Palatka with the Rev. Chuck DeVane officiating. The family will receive guests and family at the Church from 1 p.m. until the start of the memorial service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Haven Hospice Roberts Care Center, 6400 St. Johns Ave., Palatka, FL 32177 or to the Alzheimer's Treatment and Research Center, Ramsey Foundation, 640 Jackson St., St. Paul, MN 55101-9021.
Memories and condolences may be expressed to the family at Donna's book of memories page at www.JohnsonOverturffunerals.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of Johnson-Overturf Funeral Home in Palatka.
Johnson-Overturf Funeral Home
307 South Palm Avenue
Palatka, FL 32177
Published in St. Augustine Record on Mar. 13, 2014