Donna Smith of South Haven died peacefully June 8, 2019, at Hilltop Health Care Center in Watkins, surrounded by her loving family. She was 87.
A celebration of her life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 15, at Hilltop Health Care Center in Watkins.
Donna Ellen Smith was born May 3, 1932, to Beulla (Schultz) and Richard Tibbits. She attended grade school in Porter, Minn., and completed high school in Canby, Minn.
She married Arlen Johnson in August 1957. They moved to San Jose, Cal., where Arlen and Donna had two daughters, Debra and Sandra. Their third daughter, Karen, was born after they moved to Sauk Rapids. Career advancements brought them to Rochester where son Jim was born. Arlen and Donna divorced in 1978 after 21 years of marriage.
In 1984, Donna married Rulon Gar Smith in Annandale. Donna and Gar wintered in arizona and spent summers at their cabin on Lake Francis in South Haven. After having some health problems, they decided to keep permanent residence in South Haven.
Donna worked at various jobs in her life, but the one she was most known for was at Malco Tools. She enjoyed gardening, playing cards, nature, and, more than anything, her family. She also enjoyed listening to old hymns. Most importantly, Donna loved the Lord.
Donna was preceded in death by her parents, brother Dick, sister Gwen, sister-in-law Sandra, and brother-in-law Gale.
She is survived by her husband of 35 years, Gar Smith; children Debra (and Russ) Engelman of Annandale, Sandra (and Jim) Landwehr of St. Cloud, Karen (and Thad) Hedlund of Kimball, and Jim (and Julie) Johnson of Pella, Iowa; stepchildren Mecque Smith, Rulon Smith, and Lissa Butricks, all of Arizona; siblings Rolland (and Darlene) Tibbits of Arizona, Arlene (and Dave) Leuders of Canby, Dora Hellerud of Mazeppa, Minn., Bob Tibbits, and Russ (and DeeDee) Tibbits of Michigan; 12 grandchildren: Melissa, Justin, Amie, Zach, Matthew, Nicole, Brannon, Heather, Jesse, Brittany, Seth and Cecily; eight great-grandchildren: Haley, Brooke, Noah, Nora, Isaac, Elsie, Ezra, and Greta; six step-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family wants to thank Hilltop Health Care Center for their wonderful staff, and CentraCare Hospice. In lieu of flowers, the family would prefer memorials to Hilltop Health Care Center.