Donna Lynn (Stephens) Diffey


Donna Lynn (Stephens) Diffey, 48, Independence, Missouri went to spend eternity with Jesus on Wednesday, October 11th at her home.  A visitation will be held 5:30-7:00 PM, Friday, October 20, 2017 followed by a 7:00 PM Celebration of Life at First Baptist Church of Blue Springs, 4500 Little Blue Parkway, Independence, Missouri.  In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to “Project Hope” for missions in Nicaragua & Haiti.
Donna was born April 19, 1969 in Kansas City, Missouri; the daughter of Rex & Sondra (Shores) Stephens  She grew up in Independence and was a 1987 graduate of Truman HS.  Donna went on to receive a teaching degree from UMKC and a Masters Degree from Webster University.
On June 29, 1991, she was united in marriage to John Diffey, who survives of the home.  Also surviving is her son Clark, and her parents, Rex & Sondra, all of Independence, Missouri.  Other survivors include her brother, Rex Stephens, Jr (Heidi) of Springfield, Missouri; two uncles, seven nieces and nephews and many cousins and other relatives.
She taught school in Independence for 25 years until health problems caused her to take a leave of absence in April of this year.  She was an outstanding math teacher at Palmer & Bingham Middle Schools.  She was chosen their “Teacher of the Year” in 2007-08.  She loved baking & decorating cakes, cookies, muffins and cupcakes for family, friends, neighbors, teachers & students. (arr. Heartland Cremation & Burial Society, 816-313-1677)


  1. Ron&Cindy Singer on October 13, 2017 at 7:10 pm

    So sorry to hear about this! Thinking of you all and keeping you in prayers!!

  2. Tammy Smith on October 13, 2017 at 9:09 pm

    His love and prayers to during this time.

  3. Karla Cox on October 14, 2017 at 8:57 pm

    So so sorry for your loss. We will be praying for you guys.

  4. Kara Vojcsik on October 14, 2017 at 10:37 pm

    Donna was a bright light and wonderful teacher who truly cared about all of her students. She taught them life lessons not just math lessons and will be tremendously missed ??

  5. Stan and Tracy Feuerstein on October 14, 2017 at 10:56 pm

    Rex and Sondra, we r so sorry for ur loss, pls know ur in our thoughts and prayers. We love you guys.

  6. Tom and Cindy Fletcher on October 14, 2017 at 11:35 pm

    Our prayers are with the family. May Jesus comfort you. Donna was a beautiful woman inside and outside and will be greatly missed.

  7. Jayda on October 14, 2017 at 11:52 pm

    I honestly miss having her as a teacher, but I’m grown now. Such a beautiful soul, may she rest in love.

  8. Heather Harman on October 15, 2017 at 12:41 am

    I was blessed to have her as a teacher at Palmer, she was amazing! Rest in eternal peace…

  9. Christy (Kolm) Money on October 15, 2017 at 1:38 am

    Donna was the absolute greatest neighbor! I grew up next to her most of my life and she was the best! When I moved in to my new home, only 3 houses down from where I grew up My whole life… Donna was the only one to welcome me In, with a warm batch of cookies despite how she was feeling! Duffy family, I’m so extremely sad for you guys and I can’t help but look out my front door and think of her! She will be missed by everyone! AND ESPECIALLY HER CHRISTMAS GOODIES! She was such a sweet soul! Everyone was so blessed to know her! We love you guys
    And will miss her for sure!

  10. Christina Hogan on October 15, 2017 at 2:17 am

    She was a great teacher and a amazing people. So sorry to hear she has passed. R. I. P

  11. Justin Thompson on October 15, 2017 at 5:51 am

    The positive impact that both Donna and John had in my life and on my marriage will last a lifetime. It pains me so much to hear this news. You could not ask for a kinder and more giving soul. Thank you Donna for you great impact in people’s live. You will always be remembered.

  12. josh hall on October 15, 2017 at 6:48 am


  13. josh hall on October 15, 2017 at 6:49 am

    R I P

  14. Warren Brehm on October 15, 2017 at 7:17 am

    She will be missed by many. She was such a wonderful person. I did not know her that long but she had a smile that could light up a room. Donna was a great friend to all that new her. She has a healthy body with no pain and resting in the arms of Jesus. We’ll see you on the other side Donna

  15. Tammy Drummond on October 15, 2017 at 9:55 am

    An amazing teacher. God bless the family .

  16. Elizabeth Murry on October 15, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    I am sorry for your loss she was a great teacher to me, and taught me many things that I wouldn’t know without her. And sometimes I wonder why it happened but it did sadly. Prayers for your family.

  17. Vern Brackenbury on October 15, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    So sorry to hear this. My prayers are with you Rex and Sondra

  18. Anita Ballester-Carbah on October 15, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    Donna was such an amazing person! She was a fabulous teacher, a wonderful wife, an incredible mom, and an outstanding friend. Clark, your mom has always been so proud of you. Keep being you, for she watches and smiles from Above. Donna will be missed, but she leaves a lasting legacy. Her loves shines through so many she touched. Rest in Paradise, Donna.

  19. Bonner and SueAnn Davis on October 15, 2017 at 4:39 pm

    So sorry to hear about Donna. She will be missed by many!

  20. Matt and Carlee Novak on October 15, 2017 at 5:43 pm

    Our hearts break for John and Clark. Donna was a wonderful friend, wife and mother. Her incredible impact in so many lives shows how true that is. Our prayers, thoughts, and blessings to you both.

  21. Ken Chapin on October 15, 2017 at 5:53 pm

    So sorry and shocked to hear this. I did not even know she was ill. God’s ways and timing are so hard to understand sometimes. But He is sovereign and good. His goodness is why she was good and strong and beautiful. And she still is. May God multiply His grace and peace to you in this grievous loss.

  22. Genie Kuske on October 15, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    Sending heartfelt thoughts and praying that God will give you strength, peace and comfort at this difficult time.

  23. Karen (Yoder)Clapper on October 15, 2017 at 7:13 pm

    Rex and Sondra so sorry of your loss

  24. Kelly McElwee on October 15, 2017 at 8:50 pm

    So sorry for the loss. She was a wonderful teacher and im glad my son Tyler Ronsley got to be one of her last students. She was very helpful to me during conferences. May god bless you all and may she rest in peace. #diffeystrong

  25. Kelly Frogge on October 15, 2017 at 8:54 pm

    As a fellow math teacher I was blessed to work with Donna for several years. She was so kind, helpful, happy, welcoming, and cheerful. Her eyes sparkled when she spoke of Clark. I am so saddened to hear of her passing. Sending love and prayers to her family. She will not be forgotten.

  26. Roselynn Burke on October 15, 2017 at 9:58 pm

    I remember her when I was a student at Palmer. She was a beloved teacher.

  27. Joseph goad on October 15, 2017 at 11:32 pm

    I’ve never met you in my life, this is the first time me even hearing about you. You seemed like a wonderful teacher. Alot of kids are appreciative of you. Your in a better place. R.I.P.

  28. Kim Ethington Schwart on October 16, 2017 at 9:39 am

    My heart aches for the pain I know that comes with earthly separation from those we love and yet my spirit rejoices in the assurance of Donna’s home-going, that she is with Jesus and a sweet reunion awaits.
    Praying for you and your family as you learn to rest and live on in the promises, mercy and provision of our Lord as never before.

  29. Marcia Haskin on October 16, 2017 at 3:18 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. Family has always played a major role in your lives. The memories will help carry you through this trying time. Know that my prayers are headed your way.

  30. Tom and Nancy Billington on October 16, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    Our deepest sympathy for your loss. Thinking of you and praying for your comfort at this time.

  31. Alicia Siy Seaver on October 17, 2017 at 12:48 am

    She was my 7th grade science teacher at Palmer Jr. High in ‘91-‘92. One of my favorites! I’m sorry to hear of her passing.

  32. Jd & Toni Montgomery on October 17, 2017 at 2:23 am

    Praying for this precious family. What a loss here but a gain in heaven. Some sweet day we will all have a reunion. May God provide you each comfort.

  33. Nichole Fischer on October 17, 2017 at 3:46 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss! She was my 7th grade math teacher at bingham 02-03. She was one of the most influential people in my life. Truly an amazing person. She will be greatly missed.

  34. Caroline Powell on October 17, 2017 at 9:18 pm

    I did not know Donna, but just from what I have heard about her from her colleagues- well, she was someone I wish I had known. What an inspiration! Prayers for peace and comfort for her family.

  35. Daniel McCaulley on October 18, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    My thoughts and prayers go out to Donna’s family and friends. She will definitely be missed here at Bingham. Such an awesome and caring soul, never to be forgotten.

  36. Pam Foor on October 18, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    Thank you for always being there for our Daughter (Amanda Bowen) she loved you like a mom and as her mom Thank you so very much.

  37. terry stewart on October 18, 2017 at 10:00 pm

    Mrs. Diffey was at Bingham when I started 20 years ago. I got to know and respect her. I have seen the impact she has instilled to her students. She always me smile everytime I saw her face, a wave from down the hall, going through my lunch line! She will never be forgotten in my heart. She sometimes made my day, too! I will miss you always and forever Mrs. Diffy.

  38. Kathleen and Harold Albin on October 19, 2017 at 8:44 am

    Rex, Sondra and family: Harold and I want you to know how sorry we are to hear about Donna’s illness and death. She definitely died too young. We didn’t know her personally, but she must have been a beautiful woman with a beautiful soul. Your family is in our prayers.

  39. Williams Family on October 19, 2017 at 9:34 am

    Condolences to the Duffey family. Our thoughts and prayers go out to your whole family. Psalms 147:3 says God, “heals the broken hearted, and binds up their wounds.” May God bring you comfort and peace.

  40. Paula Hochstedler on October 20, 2017 at 11:22 am

    Loving thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Family. Very shocked and sadden by this lose of such a great person.

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