Donna May Smith, 62, of Centralia, died at 1:23 p.m. Sunday February 4, 2018, at SSM Saint Mary’s Hospital – Audrain.

   Memorial Celebration of her life will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, February 16, 2018, at St. John’s Lutheran Church with Rev. Donaldo Sonntag officiating. There will be a luncheon after the service at the church.

   Donna was born on May 19, 1955, in Cambridge, England, a daughter of Darrell and Sheila (Purkiss) Marking. On April 30, 1988, in Mexico at the Lutheran Church, she married Alan Smith who survives.

   Donna worked in nursing for many years. She spent the last 12 years of her career working at the Missouri Veterans Home in Mexico. Her health forced her retirement in 2002. She had also spent 2 years serving in the Air Guard.

   She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Mexico. She had previously been a member of the VFW auxiliary. She enjoyed flower gardening and taking care of house plants. She loved caring for her 2 dogs, 2 cats and pet rabbit.

   In addition to her husband she is survived by one brother, Don Marking and wife Janet, of Mexico; one brother in law, Sam Smith and wife Sonya, Centralia; three nephews, Zachery, Greg and Jesse Smith; four great nieces and nephews, Gavin, Summer, Blake, and Ethan Smith; two Aunts, Lois Pigeon, Scranton, ND, and Donna Larson and husband Gary, of North Dakota; one uncle, Donald Purkiss, England; and a few cousins including Pauline Worsley, of England.

   She was preceded in death by her parents, Darrell and Sheila, and grandparents, Gilbert and Hazel Ronning.

   The family is thankful for everyone at Pin Oaks where Donna was well taken care of for close to 2 years.

   Instead of sending flowers the family requests memorials be given to Pin Oaks Living Center (Activities Fund) or to the American Diabetes Association. They may be sent in care of Pickering Funeral Home, 403 N. Western, Mexico, MO 65265.

Public Tributes and Expressions of Sympathy

Dear Alan, I was saddened to hear of Donna's passing. I enjoyed the times that I was able to visit her at Pin Oaks. May you find comfort and peace in our Lord , who has welcomed Donna to her eternal home. - Dana Ernat

Sending thoughts and prayers to comfort you in this time of loss, and sending remembrances of how this sweet classmate's smile could light up a room when we were in school so many years ago. May she rest in peace. - Donna (Ehrhardt) Baer

So very sorry to hear of your loss. Donna was a sweet, caring lady. May God Bless all of the Family. - Teresa Secrease

Alan I am heart broken to hear this news about Donna.... - Jennifer Maddox

Don I'm sorry to hear this. I was friends with Donna when we were about 9 to 11 years old in Mexico Missouri. My mom Rosemary Adams was best friends with Donna's mom Sheila Marking. I recognized her picture even after all these years. She was a sweet girl and we had a lot of fun when we played together. I took my very first ride in a taxi cab with Donna and Donald from downtown Mexico back to their house one time. I'll be keeping you and yours in my prayers. - Jane Lynch

My sincere condolences to Donnas family. Donna was a classmate of mine. She was a very nice person! - Jerri Holmes Anderson

To Donna's family: Praying that the power of God, the peace of Christ and the comfort of the Holy Spirit will comfort your hearts and minds during this time and give you peace..I remember working with her years ago and always appreciated her help, such a sweet person. The apostle Paul says, "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith." Sincerely, Jamie Enyart
So sorry about Donna!! Sending love, thoughts and prayers!! Lots of memories growing up with her!! Love to all of you!! Gwen Turner
My condolences and prayers for the family - Becky Sewell
There is no word's that i can use but it put's sorry in my heart for your loss of a loved one. - Roger Jones

Donna, was a sweet caring person, I worked with her at the Missouri Veteran's Home. She loved taking care of the veterans and it showed in her face. - Linda Traynor

Don, I'm so very sorry for your loss. Your family is in my prayers at this difficult time. Donna was a sweet lady and I have memories of her from high school. My deepest sympathy, Bobette Balser Wilson 

There's no words that can say how much I will miss her... we were not just sister in laws we were good friends also... we all loved her and will see her again someday... - Janet marking

Don!! So sorry for your loss!! I know she will be sadly missed. You & Janet are in my prayers! - Gary Powers & Rita Powers

Alan, Don, Janet and Family, So sorry for the loss of your loved one. May you find peace and comfort. - Bill & Gayle Mattox

I'm so sorry, Alan and family, for your loss. Donna always smiled or waved when she saw me at Pin Oaks. Alan, you were a good and faithful husband...she was fortunate to have you. God bless you! - Julie Lang

Don Janet and family I am so sorry for your loss of this wonderful lady. Donna was wonderful to my family she was so caring compassionate and a joyful personality. God bless you at this difficult time in your life but know she's looking down and smiling - Beverly Reid & Brad Reid

Don & Janet, so sorry to hear of your sisters passing. Thinking of you and praying for strength for you and her family. God bless each of you ---Carol McDonald

Don and Janet we are so sorry for your loss. And I feel so bad that I didn't know when I just saw Janet. Please know we are thinking of everyone and prayers to the family. - Robbie and Trudy Fisher

Dear Alan, I just learned of Donna's passing. I am so sorry for your loss. Please extend my sympathies to the rest of the family. You are in my prayers. - Nancee Campbell

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