Donna D. Berkey
- September 29, 1956 - November 11, 2011
- Indianapolis, Indiana
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Message from the Family
Thank you for your support during this difficult time. As you know, Donna loved storytelling, in words, pictures, and song. Please enhance our eternal tribute to her by adding your own stories to the Guest Book.
Memories & Candles
This is something that I read at Donna's funeral service. She kept it in her bible and she read it to me a few times.
Joyce relaford brown
I am becoming the woman I've wanted
grey at the temples,
soft body, delighted,
cracked up by the life with a laugh that's known bitter
but, past it, got better,
knows she's a survivor-
that whatever comes, she can outlast it.
I am becoming the woman I've longed for,
the motherly lover with arms strong and tender,
the grown up daughter
Posted by: Lori Garrison - Indianapolis, IN - sister Dec 04, 2011
The best times with my mom weren't the parties (though they were fun) or the milestones (though they were special). I spent a lot of time in my life with my head on the inside of her shoulder, listening to her read or sing to me, or listening to my own voice or tears as she held me tight. She knew I wasn't very open with my emotions and she never pressed. She was always so present, so constant and
Posted by: Kim - Carmel, IN - Daughter Nov 19, 2011
all the "care packages" she sent me when I was so lonesome and so far from home. not just the cookies and fudge, but the love. all the music we loved and the way you taught me to celabrate life. Just too much love and too many memories to tell of. Some one knowing where I came from and why I am me, You are a one of a kind and a once in a lifetime sister. I dont know how long allways is,but i will still miss you then! love,Bo
Posted by: bill - indianapolis, IN - brother Nov 17, 2011
Donna wasn't just a sister to me. She was a mother when mine couldn't be. She was a friend whenever I needed one, She was a protective big sister to each and every one of her siblings. She was my champion encouraging me to reach higher, and show the world what I am capable of. She was my biggest fan never letting me settle for less than I deserved. She was my cheerleader telling me good job when she knew
Posted by: Lori Garrison - Indianapolis, IN - sister Nov 16, 2011
Donna was a sweet kind soul, to know her was to love her, she was always smiling even while ill , She used to call me her seester :) I can still hear her say just that....I feel very blessed I was able to know her, I am very sad for her loss and for her family's loss, I know its difficult but I have to think her job here on earth was done , she has a much bigger
Posted by: Shannon Drinkut-Wright - Indianapolis, IN - Friend Nov 16, 2011
And the Lord said, "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28
For a wonderful and gracious woman, the angels above received a blessed soul. May her family find peace and healing in this most difficult of times.
Posted by: Candi Grismer - Greenwood, IN - Friend Nov 16, 2011
I am going to miss you for the following reasons...
You loved me unconditionally...
You were a fan of Me...
You were supportive
You were encouraging
You were so funny... the kind of funny that made me have to use my head...
You were/are/always will be my true friend. I am certain I will see you again and I cant wait. I love you now and forever...
Posted by: Kirsten Ranly - indianapolis, IN - friend Nov 15, 2011
Donna was nice and funny and she was a great Mom to my niece, Kim. She'll be missed.
Posted by: Nina Berkey Seven - Seattle, WA - sister-in-law Nov 15, 2011
Donna was the best big sister. She watched out for me all my life. When we were little we would talk in bed when we were supposed to be going to sleep. We did everything t together. We worked at Jawns together. One day she fainted and fell into the trash can.lol Her and Todd took me to lots concerts I wouldnt have seen other wise. She was smart loving and very protective. The best big sister I could ever
Posted by: Debbie - McAlester, OK - Sister Nov 15, 2011
My heart breaks to hear this news and my prayers are with the family. Although I only knew Donna the past few years it seemed I knew her forever. We often chatted about family and her past experiences she had teaching and history of Columbus. She often gave me advice mothering my children and even bought my daughter some chunky crayons after she choked at grandma's on regular ones. Everytime I came into the office she would ask me to
Posted by: Tammy Love - Elizabethtown, IN - friend Nov 15, 2011