Donna DeKalb

CENTRALIA — Donna DeKalb, 48 of Centralia, passed away Tuesday, August 30, 2016, at her home.

She was born June 9, 1968 in Mt. Vernon, daughter of Donald Beard, Sr. and Mildred (Ramsey) Beard. She married Faron DeKalb on September 2, 1989 in Centralia and he survives in Centralia.

Obit PictureIn addition to her husband of 26 years, she is also survived by a brother, Donald “Donny” F. Beard, Jr. of Centralia; two brothers-in-law, Herbert Ralph DeKalb II and fiancé Rebecca White, of Centralia and Russell DeKalb and wife Collene of Sandoval; a sister-in-law, Tina DeKalb of Centralia; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Donella Beard, and a nephew; Donny F. Beard, III.

Donna was a member of the Wamac Missionary Baptist Church and she was also the pianist. She worked at Antolin Nashville in Nashville for 9 years. She enjoyed animals. Most of all she loved spending time with her husband, family and friends.

Funeral Services for Donna DeKalb will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 3, 2016, at the Wamac Missionary Baptist Church in Wamac, with Rev. Paul Holsapple officiating. Burial will follow at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Dahlgren, Illinois.

Visitation will be held from 6 until 8 p.m. Friday, September 2, 2016, at the Sutherland-Garnier Funeral Home in Centralia.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Centralia Humane Society and will be accepted at the Sutherland-Garnier Funeral Home in Centralia, which is assisting the family with arrangements.

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