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Mrs. Donna J. Magness, 91, of Raymore, MO, passed away at home November 20th, 2017 of natural causes. Funeral mass will be held at 11:00 AM, Friday, December 1st, 2017, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church (1800 SW State Rte 150, Lee’s Summit, MO, 64082). Visitation and rosary at 10:00 AM. Memorial contributions may be made to Holy Spirit Catholic Church. Family burial of cremains at Mt. Olivet after luncheon.
Donna Jean (O’Hara) Magness was born in Omaha, Nebraska, on November 5th, 1926, to Clarence D. O’Hara and Leatta Jacobson. She was raised in Kansas City, Missouri. She attended grade school at St. Therese Little Flower, high school at Bishop Hogan High School, and was a member of a sorority at her junior college. Donna worked in the Claims Division of the War Assets Administration during WWII, and at the Records Process Center of the Weather Bureau prior to marriage. Donna married Kenneth Magness May 30th, 1950, in Kansas City, Missouri, at Church of St. Therese, while Kenneth was on Memorial Day leave during his US Navy service. Donna worked as a real estate agent and co-owned an antique store called Tomorrow’s Treasures. She volunteered extensively, using her talents in seamstressing and gardening to benefit her church. Donna enjoyed traveling, arts and crafts, dancing with The Dazzlers, and was a member of many bridge clubs.
Donna J. Magness was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Kenneth Magness; her son, Kirk Magness; her son-in-law, Dr. Scott Sanders; her granddaughter, Jessica Sanders; and her two brothers, Casey O’Hara and Dick O’Hara. Survivors include her sisters, Patricia Edwards and Katie Losberg; her brother-in-law, Fred Losberg; children Michael Dennis Magness, Dawn Sanders, Bridget Chronister, Matthew Magness, and Molly Magness-Sheil; thirteen grandchildren; and sixteen great-grandchildren.