Donna Rae Duvall

Jul 28th, 1952 - Jul 25th, 2020

Visitation:

Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home

Fri, Jul. 31st, 2020 11 am - 1 pm

Service:

Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home

Fri, Jul. 31st, 2020 1 pm

Burial:

Busby Cemetery

Fri, Jul. 31st, 2020

Donna Rae Duvall

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. 

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11 Guestbook Messages

  • Guest: Kyle Stevens

    From: Herrin, Illinois

    Date: July 29, 2020

    Mom,
    We are proud of the fight you put up, even when you didn’t think you could. It’s time now for you to rest and not worry about anything or anyone. You will always be loved and remembered. I am honored to have you as my mom, and that we had such a close bond. I will forever miss you.

    Love,
    Kyle and Brandy

  • Guest: Darla D Loftus

    From: Carterville, Illinois

    Date: July 29, 2020

    Donna’s family has my deepest sympathy, and condolences. She and I started first grade together, and were LIFE-LONG friends.

    She was one of the bravest, most faith-filled people I have ever known. I will love, and miss her, forever.

    God Bless her son, Kyle, for taking such good care of her, during her cancer battle.

    Due to COVID-19 concerns, I will not be at the visitation, or service. Please know that Donna Rae is in my heart, always, and I will be with you all, in heart, and in spirit, as you lay to rest her earthly body. She has no more pain, and her soul is with the Lord.

  • Guest: Shannon

    From: Harrisburg, Illinois

    Date: July 29, 2020

    Love u Donna.. u were a great woman and the kids were blessed having you as a grandma. We had so many good times and I will always cherish those memories. I will forever miss you.

  • Guest: Ranae Denney

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: July 30, 2020

    I love you Donna and I’m going to miss you immensely.
    You’ll always remain in my heart.
    My condolences and prayers to your family and friends.

  • Guest: Terry Stewart

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: July 30, 2020

    Donna was a great person. she got along with dang near everybody .she like to argue and have a good time, she especially got along with my husband Billie Stewart, they were always going at each other, but they loved and respected each other, also.

  • Guest: Barbara Madigan

    From: Marion , Illinois

    Date: July 30, 2020

    So sorry for the family’s loss. Donna was very well thought of and a friend to many. RIP Donna

  • Guest: DON DURHAM JR

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: July 31, 2020

    R.I.P. DONNA RAE

  • Guest: Natalie & Jr Sutton

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: July 31, 2020

    Donna was a great friend and did so much to help others. Her laugh always brightened the room. She had great fun and we always enjoyed our time together. I will miss her sweet soul. Sending my sympathies to Kyle and the family during this hard time.

  • Guest: Tammy Keen

    From: , Illinois

    Date: July 31, 2020

    Donna fought long and hard. Her soul is now at peace. My thoughts and Prayers are with Kyle, Brandy and family.

  • Guest: Terri Copher

    From: Mariòn, Illinois

    Date: August 6, 2020

    Resting in Peace now Donna. Your family will remain in my thoughts and Prayers.

  • Guest: Jerry and Bonnie Gibson

    From: Harrisburg, Illinois

    Date: August 6, 2020

    Our deepest sympathy to Donna’s family, especially Kyle who was his Mother’s strength. Donna was a good and special friend, she will be missed by all who knew and loved her. American Legion Post # 147 will never be the same without her. Our loss will be heavens gain as she will definitely be an angel.