Palmer, Donna Spate
passed away on January 18th , 2010. She was 73. Born in and raised in Elizabeth Township, PA. Donna was the oldest of two children. Always an active part of her community, she enjoyed helping others in any way possible. Survived by her loving husband Gary of 49 years, her sister Sara Hanford, daughter Charlene (husband Drew), son Ken (wife Amy). Grandchildren Jennie and Sam. After graduating with a teacher's degree from Westminster College 1958, she went on to teach at Oxon Hill High School in Maryland. Gary took her back home to Pittsburgh where they started their family. Donna gave of herself generously through her involvement in various ministerial and secular organizations. She was a Bethel Park Junior Womens Club President, where they raised funds to buy the building for The Opportunity Center (now called ACHIVA) in Pittsburgh, a non-profit work learning facility for developmentally disabled adults. They moved to Scottsdale, AZ. where she still cheered wildly for the Pittsburgh Steelers.. She was an active member in her church, singing in the choir as well, as with the Gospel Ladies. She was a youth group leader, and "bake sale chocolatier" Donna had the privilege of serving as president of the United Methodist Women, Beloved Saguaro HS Band Parent 80-86. She was a live-love and giggle person who enjoyed and lived life to it's fullest. She had a strong faith in God. All who knew her will sorely miss her. Memorial Service will be held Saturday Jan 23rd @ 1:30 pm at Paradise Valley United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, it would be her wish that donations be made to Paradise Valley United Methodist Women. 4455 East Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley AZ 85253-4019-
Published in The Arizona Republic on Jan. 22, 2010.