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“I was honored to meet and work with Donna in the Intensive Care Unit at CAMC in Charleston West Virginia. We had laughs together and shared stories...Read More »
1 of 22 | Posted by: Joey Hill - Navarre, FL

“I had the privilege of speaking with Donna when I ordered a few things from her munchkinmade.com website. I called with an inquiry and was pleasantly...Read More »
2 of 22 | Posted by: Lois DiGiacomo - Dyer, IN

“Honored to met Ms. Donna st Beach Mtn. NC Oz Festival. ”
3 of 22 | Posted by: Becky Kress - VA

“Donna Stewart-Hardway was my grandmother. Growing up I always looked up to her, and how she had such an adore for people and wouldn't take crap from...Read More »
4 of 22 | Posted by: Tricia Linderman - portage, IN

“Had the pleasure of meeting Donna by chance while she lived in Charleston WV , ironically she was married to a childhood friend of mine from Malden...Read More »
5 of 22 | Posted by: Glennis Walker - Charleston, WV

“I met Donna in 1998 when she lived in California. After she moved to West Virginia we always kept in touch by email and phone. I have always been a...Read More »
6 of 22 | Posted by: Dawn Penque - CA - Friend

“I know its been awhile since the passing of the great and wonderful Mrs. Stewart-Harding and I was heartbroken when I found out just recently on her...Read More »
7 of 22 | Posted by: Sherri Whitlock - West Cola, SC

“To Nelson and to Donna's children and their familie: I met Donna about ten years ago. After seeing a Charleston newspaper article about her "Oz"...Read More »
8 of 22 | Posted by: Joe Wyatt - Hurricane, WV

“WE HAVE BEEN FRIENDS FOR 3 YEARS THOUGH WE HAVE NEVER TALKED IN PERSON. WE MET QUITE BY ACCIDENT WHEN I PURCHASED SOME GIFTS FOR MY GRANDDAUGHTERS...Read More »
9 of 22 | Posted by: KATHE DIEHL - QUEEN CREEK, AZ

“For all of us that love the Wizard of Oz, Donna will missed. It is with great sympathy that I send this to her the family. May you alway remember how...Read More »
10 of 22 | Posted by: Jan Vanderwall - Puyallup, WA

“I am so sorry for your lose ”
11 of 22 | Posted by: Sue White - Hamden, CT

“We have lost a wonderful lady and I have lost a friend. Donna you will be missed! The Oz world had just a few years to get to know how special you...Read More »
12 of 22 | Posted by: Karen Owens - Taylor, MI

“Our Thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Our wish would be for you to find the peace in reflecting on happy times and celeberate the...Read More »
13 of 22 | Posted by: Elizabeth Swecker - VA

“I never got the chance to meet Donna, but I have heard wonderful stories about her. I will meet her over the rainbow though! My prayers are with...Read More »
14 of 22 | Posted by: Cate Hutchison - Carterville, IL

“Sorry for your lose. Charlie and Lois Burgess ”
15 of 22 | Posted by: Charles Burgess - Charleston, WV

“We are so sorry for your lose. ”
16 of 22 | Posted by: Emory Burgess Jr. - Charleston, WV

“My thoughts and prayers go to all in Donna's family. Donna had a beautiful glow about her and she cared for all who knew her. She will be deeply...Read More »
17 of 22 | Posted by: Michael Lykins - Milford, OH

“We at the everything OZ club will miss Donna, she was a member of our club and became a friend to all. Those who had the pleasure to meet her always...Read More »
18 of 22 | Posted by: Barb Huddleson - Morrow, OH

“Donna was such a wonderful person. She had a smile that could brighten the darkess room. She will always be my "Jitterbug" partner. Now she is at...Read More »
19 of 22 | Posted by: Randy Ward - Jonesborough, TN

“Donna will be missed I will never forget her and how she always made time for everyone and I know two little girls she made feel very special and...Read More »
20 of 22 | Posted by: Sharon Bond - Oregon, OH

“My thoughts and prayers are with Nelson and the family. I'll never forget Donna's encouraging words to me, her wonderful hugs and her beautiful smile...Read More »
21 of 22 | Posted by: Vickie Mathis - Copemish, MI

“I am so going to miss Donna with her charming smile and loving ways. It was a pleasure to have know you Donna. May you rest in peace "Somewhere Over...Read More »
22 of 22 | Posted by: Robyn Bodine - Decatur, IL


Donna Jean Stewart-Hardway, 75, of Pinch, passed away on Wednesday, November 12, 2008 at her home.

Donna Jean was born April 2, 1933, to Lois and Robert Johnson in Los Angeles, California. Growing up near "Tinsel Town". Donna was an aspiring actress and singer. She played a role in "Our Gang' and "The Little Rascals" and was a "Munchkin" in the "Wizard of Oz".

Donna married Frank Edward Weiss (deceased) on September 26, 1955, and had 4 children, Cheri Weiss Dean, Chrys Weiss Critney, Constance "Connie" Weiss Farrington and Cara Weiss Norman. By day, Donna was a devoted mother who loved to cook for her family and by night, was a professional singer.

In 1967, Donna and Frank moved their family to San Diego, Frank died in 1978. Donna eventually moved to West Virginia, where she met and married Nelson Hardway. Nelson and Donna were married for over 25 wonderful years.

She was a former unit service tech for CAMC and was a member of the Jehovah's Witness, Elkview. Donna had a zest for life and will be greatly missed.

Donna leaves behind her husband, Nelson; her children, Robert Lewis Conemac of North Ridge, California, Donald Craig Conemac of Santa Clarita, California and Curtis Gregory Conemac of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, Cheri, Chrys, Connie and Cara; stepdaughter, November Lynn Radcliffe; 8 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.