Donna Marie Alexander, age 81, entered into eternal rest with her Lord and Savior on July 5, 2018 at the residence in Globe, Ariz. She had experienced poor health for the past few years, always smiling and happy to see her friends and specially her family.
Donna was the second child born to Esther (Halfhill) and Edgar A. Burch in Roxbury, Kansas. She had one brother Charles, the first child and later two younger sisters Elizabeth Ruth and Margaret Lucille. The family didn’t have a lot of money, but both parents were hard working and provided well for the family. They always did things with the children, like games, outings, fishing and picnics and especially
Church. Her dad use to tell the children “Life is like a good potato salad…when shared with others, its’ a picnic”. Her mother faithfully read the Bible aloud to the children.
She was married three times to, Robert Alexander, Kermit Hawley and Roger Lunt, all marriages ended in divorce.
Donna was an outstanding cook, learning how to can your own food, make bread, and hundreds of recipes. As a child, she loved to sing and yodel, and tap dance on the street corner on Main Street, always setting out her collection can for tips. She always had lots of spending money. She also earned a number of gold medals for her outstanding talent of classical music in piano. She earned her first gold medal when she was seven years old. Her love of music was passed on to her from her father, who was a professional musician. She was an accomplished pianist and organist. Played at various weddings and funerals in the community.
She was a good story teller. Made up stories to tell Eric when he was young. Wrote stories for her church meeting, to illustrate a lesson. Donna loved to shop. Could spend three hours in a Walgreens, looking at every item, telling a story that each thing reminded her of. She loved beautiful things and had many collections. She loved Indian silver and turquoise jewelry. Had to stop at the various trading posts along the way when driving between Arizona and Kansas, every trip.
Donna loved to cook and entertain when she was younger and healthier. When family came to visit, she planned tourist events, meals, menus, loved to give gifts. She also love to travel. San Diego was one of her favorites and Hawaii. She used to pack a picnic lunch, and stop to get Church’s Fried Chicken, and go to Salt River Canyon and Seneca Falls with the kids. Impulsive trips to drive-in theatre for all night movie marathons, go-kart track, and short-track and dirt track racing. She was very involved in youth sports, including Babe Ruth Baseball in McPherson, Kan. where she was score-keeper for many years.
Donna was a registered nurse, worked at several hospitals, nursing homes, even the prison in Globe. She made a difference in many lives. She was given many gifts over the years by patients, or families of her patients. This was her greatest accomplishment, next to her children. She worked nursing into every conversation that she could.
She love to attend Broadway shows and musicals. She wrote many stories and had started writing a book.
She was preceded in death by her parents Edgar A. and Esther (Halfhill) Burch.
Donna is survived by her children; Robert W. Alexander (Chris), of Willcox, Ariz., Kim M. Overhamm, of Tempe, Ariz., David L Alexander of Gilbert, Ariz., her three siblings; Charles Burch (Gloria), Elizabeth Anderson (Carl), Margaret Zimmerman (Elmer), Three grandchildren Five great-grandchildren.
Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, July 21, 2018 at St. Pauls’ United Methodist Church in Globe, Ariz.
Assisting the family; Lamont Mortuary of Globe.