VanDoren, Donelda

Written by David Green.

Donelda VanDoren, 86, of Seneca, Mich., died Saturday, Nov. 6, 2010, at the Lenawee Medical Care Facility in Adrian, Mich.

She was born July 10, 1924, in Alvordton, Ohio, the daughter of William and Hazel (Betzer) Ray.  On April 3, 1945, in Deerfield, Mich., she married Alva “Ted” VanDoren.  He preceded her in death Oct. 31, 1992.

Donelda lived most of her life in the Morenci area.  She was a 1942 graduate of West Unity (Ohio) High School.  Donelda was formerly employed at the Lenawee County Court House as an accountant.  She was a member of the Munson United Brethren Church and a member of the Kitchen Band.

Survivors include eight daughters, Sharon (and James) White of Addison,  Mich., Linda (and Alan) Nelson of Virginia Beach, Va., Kathy (and Henry) Baker of Phoenix, Ariz., Barbara (and John) Christiansen of Elgin, Ill., Carole (and Rodney) Biddix of Grant, Ala., Pamela (and Daniel) Chase of Portland, Ore., Jeanine (and Michael) Gentner of Columbus, Ga., and Debra Hardin of Delta, Ohio; one son, Jeffrey (and Sharon) VanDoren of Morenci; one stepson, Mark (and Gloria) VanDoren of Tampa, Fla;. 20 grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; one step-great-great-granddaughter; one sister, Dorothea Kuney of Westland, Mich.; and one brother, Donald “Bud” (and Dorothy) Ray of West Unity.

Besides her husband, Donelda was preceded in death by her parents; one stepson, Jack VanDoren; one grandson, Jeffrey VanDoren; and a sister, Pauline Baker.

Funeral services are planned at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10, at the Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci, with Rev. William VanValkenburg officiating.  Burial will follow at the Porter-Packard Cemetery near Seneca.  Visitation is scheduled from 2 to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Memorial contributions are suggested to the Lenawee Medical Care Facility in Adrian.

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