Mural Donella 'Donna' Buck
Donna Buck passed away quietly on Thursday, Oct. 8, 2009. She was 90 years old. She could warm hearts and bring smiles to faces with her kindness and grace right up until her final day.
Donna was the unflinching family matriarch and a source of strength and love to all who knew her. She was called "Granny" by her five grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and often by her own three children and close family and friends.
Donna was born July 27, 1919, in Jack County, Texas, to William Anderson Thornhill and Floata Jane Franklin-Thornhill. She was one of eight children: Beatrice Thornhill (died in infancy), Hubert Thornhill, Fay Blankenship, William "Bill" Thornhill, Geraldine "Dean" Pruit, Bobby Ray Thornhill, and Dortha Jane Trantor. The family successfully farmed in West Texas for many years, and Donna and her siblings grew up as a tight-knit, hard working family embodying the very essence of "the greatest-generation." They each worked the farm as soon as they could walk, had great reverence and respect for their parents and each other. They were a God-fearing family attending a Missionary Baptist Church where Donna, known for her beautiful voice, sang in a quartet (she sang the hymns of her youth until her final days). The family loved sports, perhaps none more so than Donna, playing softball, volleyball and basketball. In fact, the local school's men's baseball team was so covetous of Donna's skills they often recruited her to play on their varsity squad as a catcher so as to improve their chances.... This, in the 1930s in Central Texas!
She married a local young man, Roy Eaverson, at the age of 18 and they initially set out farming, and then later traveling throughout the country working on the country's burgeoning pipelines. Roy and Donna had three children: Roy Gene Eaverson, Jerry Kay (Stubblefield), and Jackie Faye (Sansom). The children all recount very fond memories of a wonderful mother who championed the children at school, sewed their clothes, was a phenomenal cook, and kept a wonderful home even as the work took them all over the country. The couple was married for 22 years.
Donna eventually remarried O.C. Buck after resettling in Bullhead City, Ariz. During this time she lived on a large, tree-filled grassy plot of land on the Colorado River with a tire-swing, all of which still evokes fond memories for her children, grandchildren, and friends. She ran a successful sporting goods business for a number of years, gaining the respect of the community she lived in. She was an avid hunter and fisherwoman (when time allowed) and a friend to the hunting, fishing, and business community through Sportsman's One-Stop.
She leaves behind a legacy of love, an unparalleled work-ethic which she exhibited with a smile and selflessness, personal strength which she exuded to her family, and many, many, memories of joy. We will miss you, Granny, but you are always in our hearts. Thank you for a life well lived and for all you have given and taught.
Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. and the memorial service will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 15, at Sutton Memorial Funeral Home. Burial will follow the service at Desert Lawn Cemetery, 9250 S. Ranchero Lane, Mohave Valley, Ariz.
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