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Obituary for Yvonne Donahue

Age 67, of Flint, died Tuesday, April 18, 2006 at Kindred Hospital in Lincoln Park. Funeral services will be held 2:00pm, Friday, April 21 at the Miles Martin Funeral Home in Mt. Morris, Pastor Conrad Bontrager officiating with burial following in Flint Memorial Park. Family will be present to receive friends Thursday, April 20, 2006 from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm and 4:00pm until 8:00 pm, and Friday from 10:00 am until time of service at 2:00pm. Memorial donations may be directed to The Gift of Life. Envelopes are available at the funeral home. Yvonne was born June 18, 1938 in Ionia, Michigan, the daughter of Lelah F. Green. She and Cletus W. Donahue were united in marriage November 20, 1954 in Flint, Michigan. She was proud to be a homemaker and spending time with her children and grandchildren. Left to cherish her memory are her children, Richard and wife Kimberly Donahue of Davison, Michael and wife Jacqueline Donahue of Flint, Sheila and husband James Matzke of Vassar; 3 sisters Suzanne Davis, Mary and husband Bernard Timlick, and Kay Burt; brother, Lyle Saylor; grandchildren, Erica Myron, Kevin Myron, Megan Donahue, Andrew Donahue, Matthew Donahue, Scott Donahue, Linsey Donahue, Paul Granger II, Jennifer Matzke, and James Matzke III; great grandchildren Haley, Emily, and Trenton; numerous nieces and nephews. Yvonne was preceded in death by her husband, Cletus Donahue September 15, 1998; mother, Lelah F. Green; step-father Edward Saylor; and brother-in-law Frank Davis.

Life Story for Yvonne Donahue

On June 18, 1938, a very beautiful angel descended down from heaven and was forced to trade in her wings for a life here on earth. This angel was named Yvonne, and was put here on earth to love, teach, guide, and inspire each and everyone that she came to know.

Because God knew of all the hard work she would one day have to endure, He gave her a very special gift, a gift that would aid her in her angelic duties. This gift went by the name of Cletus, a sweet young gentleman from Arkansas. As God had planned, the two of them fell head over heels in love. Yvonne, a, blushing bride of 16, and Cletus, a handsome groom of 19 married on November 20th, 1954. By the age of 22, Yvonne had given birth to three beautiful children: Rick, Mike, and Sheila. Over the next several years Yvonne and Cletus provided their children with a beautiful and loving childhood. They went on lots of family trips and created a wealth of loving memories. Eventually, they were given several lovely grandchildren that spurred a whole new group of memories. Yvonne loved to host family gatherings and make dinners for everyone. She loved to sit around her kitchen table and drink coffee and eat donuts. She loved to talk on the phone for hours and watch the Food Network and King of Queens. She was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt. But more than anything, she was a dear friend to everyone in her life. She was a good listener and had a very big heart.

Yvonne conquered more obstacles than anyone could ever fathom. As a double lung transplant patient, she shocked many of her doctors with how wonderful she always looked and at how strong and healthy she seemed. Her transplant doctors called her their “super star”. As a cancer survivor, Yvonne, once again was called upon to serve as a pillar of strength and again she came through with flying colors. Over the past 8 months, she taught us all how to fight. She taught us the true meaning of strength and perseverance. She taught us just how much determination and faith can help to form a miracle from the most seemingly impossible situation. She taught us that family and friends are what matters and we will all be there for each other when times are tough. Most of all she taught us to show one another that we love and care fore each other every day for you should never take tomorrow for granted.

Yvonne has lived a beautiful life. A life filled with fond memories, family, and lots of love. She’s been a model of strength and compassion, someone to admire for all of her that she has done. On April 18th God gave her back her wings. Her life in this world may be over, but this angel shall forever live within our hearts. We can find comfort in that she is again side by side with her true love and together they shall watch over us all. We can all consider ourselves truly blessed to have had not only this angel on earth with us for all these years, but to have this angel watching over us in the years to come.