Family-Placed Death Notice

EDLER, Donna Donna Gail Edler, 52, was granted her angel wings on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 after a valiant battle with breast cancer. While Edler's life was far too short, those who she touched understand that the quality of her existence far exceeds her time on earth. Born March 13, 1961 in Detroit, MI to Wendell and Ida Smitherman, Edler graduated from Cass Tech H.S. in 1979 and attended the University of Kansas on a track and field scholarship where she earned a Bachelor's degree in Business. In 1988, she earned a Master's in Real Estate Appraisal and Investments from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. Edler was a CPA and held positions with Arthur Anderson, the FDIC, and the Resolution Trust Corporation. Edler was dedicated to the improvement of her community. She was active in her neighborhood and served as the Treasurer of the Hidden Hills Civic Association. In 2008, Edler volunteered for the Barack Obama campaign. She earned the "Golden Clipboard" award for registering the most voters in the State of Georgia. While undergoing cancer treatment in 2010, Edler ran a campaign for DeKalb County School Board, 7th District and won the seat upsetting the incumbent. As a board member, Edler was a consensus builder and an advocate for common sense approaches to resolving issues. Donna Edler leaves to cherish her memory: husband, Darryl; children, Darryl, Jr., Christopher and Rachel; parents; Wendell and Ida Smitherman; siblings, Wendell Smitherman, Jr., Kevin Smitherman and Sheila Smitherman, and a community of friends and colleagues who adored her. Celebration of Life Service Saturday, November 2, 2013, 11:00 AM at Covenant Ministries, 1700 Corey Blvd, Decatur, GA 30032, Rev. Dr. Mark A. Lomax, Senior Pastor of First Afrikan Church, Eulogist; Bishop Quincy L. Carswell, Senior Pastor. There will be no public viewing. Repast will be held at Willie A. Watkins Special Event Center, 5843 Redan Rd, Lithonia, GA 30058. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the American Educational Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 681, Stone Mountain, GA 30086. 404.758.1731

Funeral Home

Willie A. Watkins Funeral Home-West End Chapel
1003 Ralph Abernathy Blvd SW  Atlanta, GA 30310
(404) 758-1731

Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Nov. 1, 2013