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Obituary And Arrangements - Dianne Donner





Dianne Norris Donner, 66, of the RoEllen Community, died Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at her residence. She was born March 7, 1949 to the late George Bitner “Sonny” and Emma Jean Ashley Norris. She was a member of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church where she taught Sunday School for many years; former board member of the McIver’s Grant Public Library and Girl Scout Leader. Her ministry included baking, knitting and sewing to benefit numerous charities that were near and dear to her heart. Dianne was inducted into the Mid South Horse Association Hall of Fame. She raised and exhibited many Tennessee Walking Horses including a World Grand Champion.

Funeral services for Mrs. Donner will be at 2:00 p.m. Friday, April 17, 2015 at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church conducted by Reverend Gary Meade and Reverend Kim Kulow. Pallbearer will be Paul Yarbro. Inurnment will follow at Fairview Cemetery. Curry Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

The family will receive friends Friday, April 17th beginning at 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at McIver’s Grant Public Library.

She is survived by her husband of 42 years, Richard Donner; two daughters, Mary Anna Pritchett (Heath), Cheraton Dykes (Dale), both of Dyersburg; one sister, Janice Norris McCain (Larry) of Tiptonville; two brothers, Ashley E. Norris of New Iberia, LA, George E. Norris of Tiptonville; six grandchildren, Logan, JR, Grant Dykes and Ellie, Emma Claire and Joe Wheeler Pritchett, all of Dyersburg; her mother-in-law Martha Donner Borthwick of Osprey, FL.; two sister-in-laws, Suzanne Donner of Franklin and Betsy Bloch (John) of Mora, NM and several nieces and nephews.

The family requests memorials be directed to McIver’s Grant Public Library, Community Cancer Fund or St. Mary’s Episcopal Church.

Online condolences are available on our website- www.curryfuneral.com

Visitation

Friday April 17, 2015, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm at McIver's Grant Public Library
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Memorial Service

Friday April 17, 2015, 2:00 pm at St. Mary's Episcopal Church
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