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Donna Lilyon Dye dies at 80

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Donna Lilyon (Duckworth) Dye of Valparaiso passed away on Wednesday, March 24, 2010 at the VNA Hospice Center after a lengthy illness. She was 80.

Donna was born in Royal Oak, Mich., on July 22, 1929 to Paul Emanuel and Edna Rose (Elkin) Duckworth, who preceded her in death. She was the owner/operator of Gas Lite Mobile Home Park in Hebron and a member of Fisherman’s Hospital Guild in Marathon, Fla. She loved her Lord and family above all else, always placing others above herself. Donna enjoyed the ocean, fishing, painting, and crafting with her jewelry. During her lifetime she was active in the Democratic Party and worked with Voters Registration and the elections in polling places in Michigan, Illinois and Indiana. She was also a police matron in Cook County, Ill. She as a srong advocate of volunteer work, serving as a patient assistant at Fisherman’s Hospital Guild in Marathon, Fla.

She is survived by children Lynda (husband Dan) McCann-Ovington of Arlington, Vt., Sandra (Ken) Kender of Valparaiso, James E. McCann III of Fife Lake, Mich., Edna (Lester) Williams of Wheatfield and Barbara (husband Michael) Cline of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; grandchildren Jamie (Victor) Aguilar, Angela (Michael) Palm, Amanda (Ryan) Jania, Marcus Williams, CPL Brandon Leuthardt, Brianna Williams, April (Jess) Disney, Brittney Williams, Stephen Cline, Jennifer Cline, Michael Kender, Justin Kender, Brandon Kender and Jacob Kender; great-grandchildren Christiana Aguilar and Elliot Palm “GG”; sister Betty Richie; and special friends Sonya, Jinny, Montezuma, Spanky and Vader and dearest friend Mildred Bertalino.

She was preceded in death by her parents, brother William Duckworth, husbands William A. Vollmer, James E. McCann Jr. and Maurice J. Dye, and companion Louis Miedema.

A celebration of life will be scheduled at a later date. Private family services were handled by Edmonds & Evans Funeral Home, 517 Broadway, Chesterton. She will be interred in the Hebron Cemetery following cremation.


 Posted 3/29/2010