A funeral service celebrating the life of Donna Grace (Sayers) Spence, age 85, of Newark will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, September 16, at The Newark Chapel of Henderson-Van Atta-Stickle Funeral & Cremation Service. Burial will follow in Wilson Cemetery.
Donna passed away Friday, September 11, 2020, at her granddaughter’s home, surrounded by family. She was born November 24, 1934, in Akron, Ohio to her late mother, Irene Millican Sayers.
Donna attended Newark High School. She was very active with her children and with Newark City school events. Donna was a member of the Cedar Hill Baptist Church, where she served as choir director for many years. She and her husband, Walter, owned and operated Daugherty T.V. in Newark before retiring in 2015 where she served as secretary.
She is survived by her three sons, Stephen H. (Ruth) Spence, George D. (Jen) Spence and Walter A. “Wally” (Laura) Spence; her grandchildren, Tonya, Josh, Shane, Thomas, Ian, Eric, Zev, Caitlin (Basha), Ben, Drew, Lexi, Darcy, Daphne, Tony; and her great-grandchildren, Emily, Austin, Braxton and Faith.
Along with her mother, she was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Walter A Spence; two brothers, Robert and Michael Millican; an infant son, Walter H. Spence; and her daughter, Lorena Irene Hicks.
Family and friends may call on Tuesday, September 15, from 4-7 p.m. at The Newark Chapel of Henderson-Van-Stickle Funeral & Cremation Service, 59 North Fifth Street, Newark.
Donna was my Jr. choir director at Cedar Hill Baptist church. she had a beautiful voice. Walt and her were two very special people I knew growing up. I guess God needed another angel's voice in heaven, good bye until we meet again.
So sorry to hear of you loss. I will never forget visiting Donna and Walt on Hudson Avenue as a kid, she always let me borrow the VHS tapes. That may seem like a silly thing to bring up, but to a kid that was an amazing thing and only a small token of her kindness she had to give. And they were...
So sorry to hear of you loss. I will never forget visiting Donna and Walt on Hudson Avenue as a kid, she always let me borrow the VHS tapes. That may seem like a silly thing to bring up, but to a kid that was an amazing thing and only a small token of her kindness she had to give. And they were so nice to let me see the house on a couple occasions as a kid, it really was like the magic kingdom for me. Mom always told me my first steps as a baby were for Donna, so she shared a big milestone in my life. To the family my deepest condolences from myself and my father, and the rest of my family. I could not have asked for nicer family friends like Donna and Walt being in my life growing up as well as my parent's lives.
I send you my deepest sympathy upon the loss of your wonderful Mother. May you and your family find comfort in your abundance of fond memories.
With compassionate friendship and love, Becky
We are so sorry for your loss. Your Mom was a wonderful lady.
So sorry for your loss. I met Donna and Walter through Jane Sayers. I fell in love with those two people immediately so kind and sweet. Enjoyed seeing them at the Country Music Association.