BELMONT - Donna Jean Deitz, 60, died Feb. 22, 2012, while returning home from an Ash Wednesday service.
She was born Sept. 15, 1951, in Charlotte, daughter of Clyde Jackson and Betty Higgins Deitz.
Donna was a 1969 graduate of Belmont High School and a 1973 graduate of Mary Baldwin College. She began her working life with the Girl Scouts of America as a field director. She then became an instructor at the Newfound Harbor Marine Institute on Big Pine Key, FL, also known as Seacamp. She was a high school biology teacher and was a former director of the Okeeheelee Nature Center in West Palm Beach. She was a member of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in West Palm Beach and an active participant at First United Methodist Church in Belmont where she was involved in numerous lay ministries upon her return to Belmont more than five years ago to take care of her parents. Donna was a nature conservationist, took an active interest in community betterment, , swam competitively and was a loving, dedicated daughter and sister. She is and will be greatly missed.
In addition to her parents of Belmont, Donna is survived by her sister, Ellen Deitz Tucker and husband David of Monterey, CA; brother, Daniel Clyde Deitz and wife Teri of Fletcher, NC; nephew, Nathan Tucker of Portland, OR; niece, Sarah Tucker of Seattle, WA; numerous cousins and other extended family.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at McLean Funeral Directors of Belmont.
A service to celebrate Donna's life will be held 3 p.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church of Belmont with the Rev. Chuck Baker officiating.
A committal service will be held privately for the family at Greenwood Cemetery, Belmont.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to National Audubon Society, 225 Varick St., 7th Floor, New York, NY 10014, www.audubon.com
, United Methodist Committee on Relief, Water Purification, PO Box 9068, New York, NY 10087, or Nature Conservancy, 227 W. Trade St., Charlotte, NC 28202, www.nature.org.
Condolence messages may be sent online at www.McLeanFuneral.com.
McLean Funeral Directors of Belmont is serving the family of Ms. Deitz.
Published by Gaston Gazette on Feb. 28, 2012.