OBITUARIES

The Dundalk Eagle - - OBITUARIES -

and green­house after re­tire­ment, Donna’s ser­vant heart led her to a vol­un­teer po­si­tion as a do­cent at the Mary­land Zoo in Bal­ti­more. She was a mem­ber of a small group who nightly raised the chimps that had been aban­doned by their moth­ers. Rosalie, the chimp she bot­tle fed, still re­sides at the Bal­ti­more zoo and re­mains a fa­vorite child. She trav­eled to zoos around the coun­try and gave lec­tures on the de­vel­op­ment of the chimps. At the zoo she was in­stru­men­tal in de­vel­op­ing the po­lar bear ex­hibit and work­ing with the reg­is­tra­tion for the Black Foot Pen­guins pro­gram in­clud­ing the in­stal­la­tion of the is­land and es­tab­lish­ment of the vis­i­tors cen­ter. She also worked on the poin­set­tia pro­gram and loved work­ing with birds of prey as well. The Bal­ti­more Zoo awarded her a life­time mem­ber­ship for her five years of daily ser­vice.

Of all her ti­tles and ac­co­lades there was noth­ing she loved more than her role as fam­ily ma­tri­arch. Just be­fore she died, Donna was asked by a fam­ily mem­ber about what she was proud­est of. Her writ­ten re­ply was swift and clear. “As a mother, grand­mother, aunt, sis­ter...the an­swer is ob­vi­ous. My chil­dren who have both built suc­cess­ful, ful­fill­ing lives. My grand­chil­dren who are on the same path. My nieces, neph­ews and other ex­tended fam­ily who re­main con­nected when so many fam­i­lies do not. Any other suc­cesses I may have had pale by com­par­i­son to the pride I have in my fam­ily.”

As a wo­man with an an­a­lyt­i­cal, sci­en­tific mind, Donna was not overtly emo­tional or demon­stra­tive, but when she loved you she loved you com­pletely and she never gave up on some­one she loved. She ex­pected noth­ing but your best. She be­lieved that what you did to show your care for some­one meant more than what you said. To know her was to be changed by her. Those of us who were lucky to have her as fam­ily, friend, teacher, or vol­un­teer were sculpted by her lov­ing and crit­i­cal care. The world lost an in­cred­i­ble wo­man on Sun­day, but her rip­ples still spread through­out the world be­cause she lives on in so many of us.

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