Donna Rae Duvall, beloved Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, Sister, Aunt, Cousin, and friend to many died peacefully in her home on Saturday, July 25, 2020.
Donna was born in Oceanside, California on July 28, 1952 to Charles Rayburn and Juanita White (Murry). She was a long time member of over 15+ years with the American Legion Post 147 where she eventually became bartender and manager. She enjoyed helping others whenever she was needed and was a big advocate for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital of which she hosted many fundraisers.
Donna had her own club in the 1990’s called Donna’s Fun Time Lounge. It was a very popular hang out in Marion. Donna liked to bowl and had even started her own bowling team for Donna’s Fun Time Lounge.
As a lifelong NASCAR fan, Donna had quite an extensive NASCAR collection of memorabilia. She loved going to live local concerts and listening to local bands. She liked karaoke and went whenever she had a chance. She collected owls and enjoyed reading.
Donna is survived by two sons, Kyle Jason Stevens and fiancée Brandy Parson of Herrin, Illinois, and Richard Kevin Cooper of Harrisburg, Illinois. Seven Grandchildren including Kaelyn Stevens, Taylor Stevens, Isaiah Parrish, Daulton Stevens, Khlowie Parrish, Montana Cooper, Jersey Cooper. One Great Granddaughter Elleyet Thomason. Three brothers Eddie Simmons of Sparta, Illinois, BJ Simmons of Fayetteville, North Carolina, and Danny Lee White of Goreville, Illinois.
Donna was preceded in death by her parents Charles Rayburn and Juanita White (Murry), a sister Crystal Morrison, and two brothers Rusty White and Rodney White.
The support of her close friends Jan Myott, Maggie Almon, Vicki Frost and many others meant a lot to her and comforted her. Donna was loved and will be missed by many.
Visitation is at Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home in Marion, Illinois on Friday, July 31, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. with service at 1:00 p.m. Rev. Keith Owens will be officiating. Charlie Norman will be lending his beautiful singing voice during the service. Graveside service and burial will follow at Busby Cemetery in Goreville, Illinois.
Memorials can be made to Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home in lieu of flowers.