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.