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Donna Larson Brown

Posted By DeBord-Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory On February 7, 2013 @ 5:35 pm In Obituaries | 6 Comments

Donna Mae Larson Brown, 78, of Lancaster, PA, died February 6, 2013 surrounded by her loving family.  She was preceded in death by her two husbands, William C. Larson, 1995, and Edward Brown, 2012; and her parents Mae (Mary) and Donald Brooks of Oak Park, IL.  She is survived by her children Laura Lynn (Jeffery) Brubaker of Lancaster, William Scott Larson of Mt. Joy, John Brooks Larson of Lancaster, and Donald (Terri) Arthur Larson of Mozambique in Southeastern African, by her brother Roger Brooks of Oak Park, IL, by her step-sons Paul (Kathryn) Brown of Silver Spring, MD and Bruce (Carol) of Boca Raton, FL, and by her 7 wonderful grandchildren.

Donna was born in Chicago in 1934 where she was raised and then later in Oak Park, IL.

She became a Registered Nurse at West Suburban Hospital in Oak Park.  Shortly thereafter she met and married her first husband Bill who was an executive with R.R. Donnelly & Company, and they lived in Oak Park for a short period until Bill was transferred to Old Saybrook, CT where he was promoted to Division Director in charge of Donnelly’s large printing facility.

Living in Old Saybrook was a joyous and wonderful period for Donna while her children grew and enjoyed the many amenities available to her and the family living in the small picturesque coastal city.

Donna was the most loving and caring wife, mother, sister, and friend.  She was an extremely talented self-taught painter and attracted a large circle of close friends, and was active in numerous social groups in Old Saybrook.

Donna and Bill were transferred to Lancaster where they purchased a large 3 story home and shortly thereafter built a beautiful in-ground swimming pool.  In later years Donna’s father lived with them until his passing in 1986.

Donna met her second husband Ed in a grief counseling group they attended when each of them had lost their spouses.  Ed noticed Donna during these sessions and eventually built up enough courage to ask her to coffee and after a year or so they became husband and wife.

They purchased a beautiful townhouse in the Lancaster area but it became their summer home as a result of Ed’s love for boating which soon became Donna’s passion as well; first on his sailboat and then on their cabin cruiser.  Each winter they would sail or cruise down the Intracoastal Waterway to the Florida Keys where they anchored each winter while living on the boat.  Once again they attracted a large circle of friends who were also boating enthusiasts.

Donna and Ed enjoyed this wonderful lifestyle until their later years when they moved to the Willow Valley retirement community to finish living their lives.

At Donna’s request, in lieu of flowers, donations in her memory can be sent to Hospice & Community Care, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604-4125. Cards or letters of condolence can be mailed to Donna Larson Brown, 925 Willow Valley Lakes Drive, Apt # 418, Willow Street, PA 17584-9049, and they will be forwarded to Donna’s family.

In accordance with her wishes, services will be private and at the convenience of the family.

Condolences for the family of “Donna Larson Brown”

Condolence from Anne Norton on February 8th, 2013 1:47 pm

Laurie,Bill, John, Donnie and all your families,

Your Mom was a very special lady and I know that she meant a lot to Jeff.

I know that you have wonderful memories of shared times together. Hold on to these for no one can take them away.

Love and prayers, Anne

Condolence from Rita & Rd Curven on February 8th, 2013 2:07 pm

Laura, we were so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. We didn’t know her but knowing you, tells us that she must have been a compassionate, thoughtful, kind and talented person to have produced a daughter like you. We send our love and condolences. God be with you.

Condolence from Bob Miller & Sue Gregg on February 10th, 2013 7:03 pm

Our sympathies are with your family. We didn’t know Donna and Ed well but hear about them often. We are the current owners of their home in Millersville. We met them during the closing of the sale and they seemed like very nice people.
Sue Gregg & Bob Miller

Condolence from Mark & Lisa Allison on February 11th, 2013 5:06 am

Donnie and Terri,
We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Condolence from Lorraine Danz on February 11th, 2013 8:16 am

Dear Bill – You have my deepest sympathy on the passing of your mother. I read the obituary and she certainly was a remarkable person. Comfort to you all.

Condolence from kate wagner on February 11th, 2013 3:22 pm

To Donnas’ family, may I say what a priveledge to know your mom…I wish I had known her before she was sick. It was an honor to care for her. May God bless you all through this difficult time and comfort you all. Kate (RN).

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