DODGE CITY — Dona Gay Wallace, 90, peacefully passed October 2, 2018 in Dodge City, at Presbyterian Manor of the Plains. She was born October 10, 1927 in Comanche County, the daughter of Abe and Cathryn Darroch.
As a child Dona Gay lived in Coldwater, where she attended school and graduated from Coldwater High School. She then graduated from Salt City Business College in Hutchinson, which led to employment in a law office in Coldwater.
Dona met and married John Nathan Wallace in Coldwater, on August 17, 1946 in the Methodist Church.
She is survived by four children, Nathan Wallace of San Antonio, Texas, Jonya Redwine and husband Jack of Valencia, California, Dara Brensing and husband Stan of Olathe, and Tammie West and husband Chuck of Dodge City; nine grandchildren, Tenley Wallace, Kyle Wallace, Abram Brensing and wife Margery, Jathan Brensing and wife Sandra, Thad Brensing, Grant Redwine, Stew Redwine and wife Becky, Albert Redwine, Leah Kerbs and husband Clayton, Logan Schmidt and wife Allison; twelve great-grandchildren, Tagen Wallace, Olivia and Julia Redwine, Samuel and Rebecca Brensing, Justin Davis, Jenna Deger, Porter and Chandler Kerbs and Makenzie and Collin Schmidt. Dona was loved and valued by many nieces and nephews as well.
She was preceded in death by her husband John, her parents, brother, J.R. Darroch, and sisters, Donita Stark and Patsy Harper.
Dona was known by many as a women who would give a person a hand, help those who were lonely, or in need of encouragement. From an early age she always noticed those who had a need of any kind and made every effort to meet those needs. She cared for many, advocated for others as a way of life.
No job was beneath her, it was who she was!!! She enjoyed employment at the Kiowa County Signal, was an outstanding Avon Representative in top sales for over 18 years and managed Elmore Heights Apartments in Greensburg. After John passed away she moved to Dodge City living closer to family, enjoying grandkid’s school activities, fun times with friends and church activities including “Friday Night Girls”.
Dona was resourceful, creative, bright, funny, durable, courageous and tenacious, describes a witty woman. Dona learned every art and craft she came across. She did them beautifully, skillfully and shared with many the fruits of her labor.
As Dona grew in her love and understanding of God, having a salvation experience in her early 40’s changed her for all eternity. She clung to this verse, Psalm 57:1-2 that the Holy Spirit brought to life through song.
Celebration of Dona’s life will be held at the First Christian Church on Monday, October 8, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. Private family interment will be at Fairview Cemetery in Greensburg. Memorials are suggested to FCC Women’s Council in care of the funeral home. Thoughts and memories may be shared in the online guest book atwww.swaimfuneralhome.com.