Donna Jo Strever
Nov. 30, 1933 - April 20, 2021
Donna Strever passed peacefully in her home, surrounded by loved ones, April 20, 2021. She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Merle; and survived by her sister; two sons; and three grandchildren. Donna was born in a farmhouse in Berwyn, Neb.,to Forrest and Genevieve Ritchie. She grew up in Grand Island, Neb., and became the pride of her hometown when she won the title of Miss Nebraska, and 2nd runner up to Miss USA in 1955. She turned down a seven year movie contract with Universal Pictures to pursue her true calling as an elementary teacher. Donna lived and taught in several states. With a career spanning over 30 years, she impacted generations of children. Her goal was always to provide private-school quality education in public school. Her passion for teaching continued into retirement, volunteering at elementary schools and teaching private art lessons. She was also an accomplished oil painter. Her greatest joys in life were her children, grandchildren, her scottie dogs, books and painting. At her request, there will be no memorial service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the ASPCA.
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