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Donna K. Brush, age 74, of
Knoxville, Illinois, died at 12:29 P.M. on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at the
University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics in Iowa City, Iowa, surrounded by
her loved ones.
She was born on July 20,
1945 in Banner, Illinois, the daughter of Ernest Paul and Alice Marie
(Fairburn) Hallam. She grew up in the
Fulton County area, creating many memories and lasting friendships. On July 20, 1963, Donna was married to John
Mitchel Hart in Canton, Illinois. She
later married Delbert Eugene “Smokey” Brush in Palmyra, Missouri on August 18,
1975. She was preceded in death by her
husband, parents, and three siblings.
Donna is survived by her
children: John (Pam) Hart of Collierville, Tennessee, Brenda (David) Hutchings
of Galesburg, Illinois, Chris Hart of Marysville, Indiana, Janice (Ward) Kats
of Knoxville, Illinois; one step-daughter, Colleen (Ron) Culbertson of
Galesburg, Illinois; ten grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; sixteen
great-grandchildren; four step-great-grandchildren; five siblings: Virginia
(Don) Tucker of Galesburg, Illinois, Elizabeth (Lawrence) Sparrow of
Winterhaven, Florida, Shirley Stevenson of Stover, Missouri, Kathleen Neidig of
Canton, Illinois, Eileen Whetstine of Urbana, Ohio; and many nieces, nephews,
and extended family.
For many years, Donna
worked as a coordinator for the VNA in their Meals on Wheels Program, and she
enjoyed her work very much; she was very passionate about caring for others.
She was a member of the Countryside Bible Church of Monmouth, Illinois. She was an avid bingo player and loved
spending time with her family. Her life
was full of joy, and she will be dearly missed.
Cremation rites will be
accorded. A celebration of Donna’s life
will be held on Saturday, February 1, 2020 from 12:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M. at Big
Catz BBQ in Knoxville, Illinois.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association. Hurd-Hendricks Funeral Home & Crematory
in Knoxville, Illinois is assisting the family.
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