Donna Louise Mack, 78, of Farmington Hills and formerly of East Jordan, passed away Saturday, May 22, 2021, at Henry Ford Hospital in West Bloomfield after a courageous battle with breast cancer.
She was born on January 25, 1943, in Petoskey, the daughter of Clair “Dutch” and Dorothy “Dort” (Kline) Batterbee. She graduated from East Jordan High School and had been a longtime member of St. Joseph Catholic Church.
Donna was crowned Miss Firecracker in 1960 and was a Welcome Wagon hostess in the 1970s and ’80s, serving Northern Michigan. She later worked as a caregiver for the home healthcare industry for more than three decades. She enjoyed knitting, bingo, ceramics, racquetball, gardening, and going to the casino. She also enjoyed writing short stories and completed a creative writing course.
She adored her children and grandkids. She was a kind, loving, good-humored, and compassionate mother, grandmother, aunt, and friend.
She is survived by two children, Steven Parsons of Farmington Hills and Kelly (Andy) Howe of Sparks, Nevada; three grandchildren, Blake, Morgan, and Cameron Parsons; one brother, Ken Batterbee of Grand Blanc; and sister-in-law, Pat (Nachazel) Batterbee of Edgewater.
Donna was preceded in death by her parents, the previous owners of The Duck Inn Restaurant in East Jordan, later known as the Lumber Jack. Also preceding her in death was her brother Arnold Batterbee and her husband, Gary Mack, and sister-in-law, Gail (Drenth) Batterbee.
Visitation will be 2-4 p.m., 6-7:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. (rosary service) Friday, July 16, at Penzien Funeral Home in East Jordan.
A funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 17, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in East Jordan. The burial and a luncheon will follow the ceremony. Interment will be at St. Joseph Calvary Cemetery in East Jordan.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Please follow this link: https://giftfunds.stjude.org/Donnamackmemorial. Donna donated around the holidays and cared deeply about this cause.
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