On Thursday, June 2, 2022, Dona Jean Thacker, loving wife, mother, and grandmother, passed away at the age of 89 in New Albany, Indiana.
Dona was born on September 11, 1932, in Hamburg, Iowa. She attended Tarkio High School and Tarkio College in Tarkio, Missouri. Dona received a degree in education from Northwest Missouri State University and taught at Lindbergh Elementary School in St. Joseph, Missouri. On December 31, 1950, she married Marrison B. Thacker in Tarkio. They raised four children: Blane, Coral, Susan, and Matthew.
Dona had a passion for painting and sculpting. She created extraordinary art. Her paintings and sculpted dolls are admired by friends and family. She was known for her quick wit and a smile that would light up her face. She had a kind and compassionate spirit.
Dona was preceded in death by her parents, Cora and Willis Johnson; her husband, Marrison Thacker; and her great-grandson, Eric Austin. She is survived by her brother, Robert (Ann) Johnson; her children, Blane (Cheryl) Thacker, Coral Wert, Susan (Bob) Schurman, and Matthew (Elizabeth) Thacker; eight grandchildren, Kara (Eric) Berry, Jeremy (Emily) Thacker, Eric (Lauren) Thacker, Nate Schurman, BJ Schurman, Victoria (Adam) Austin, Jennifer (Keith) Miller, and Jacob Thacker; 11 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Graveside service and inurnment will be held at 12:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 15, 2022, at High Creek Cemetery in Watson, Missouri. There is no visitation. Dona would often take breakfast to her students. She believed a hungry child had difficulty learning. This was one step towards helping her students achieve their dreams. In lieu of flowers, please donate to your local food bank or food pantry. Online condolences may be left at www.minterfuneralchapels.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Davis Funeral Home, Tarkio.