Donna Shoemaker

Donna Lee Shoemaker

Thursday, February 11th, 1937 - Monday, January 25th, 2021
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Donna Lee Shoemaker, 83, of Shippensburg, peacefully passed away in the quiet early morning hours of Monday, January 25, 2021.

Donna was born on Thursday, February 11, 1937 in Shippensburg, PA. She is the daughter of the late Merle H. and Mary E. (Mowery) Shoemaker. Donna had many fond memories of her parents, as well as times spent with her sister, Carol (Shoemaker) Miller of Shippensburg.

Donna was a devoted mother and so very proud of her four children; Brian (Penny) Mitchell of Lebanon, Lori (Dennis) Odom of Shippensburg, Kevin (Marie) Mitchell of Shippensburg, and Matthew Mitchell of Chambersburg.

Her love and pride extended to her grandchildren as well; Jesse Mitchell, Tara (Odom) Helman, Holly (Mitchell) Sherman, Carrie (Mitchell) Ehrgood, Kyle Odom, Zachary Mitchell, Paige Odom, Tyler Mitchell and Jordan Mitchell.

Donna’s affection was also given to her 11 great-grandchildren, whom she enjoyed seeing and sharing her love of sweets with by guaranteeing that they would receive a piece of candy with every visit to Grandma

Donna’s early life was spent as a devoted mother and homemaker. She later retired from the Beistle Company, after working many years as a secretary. Later in life Donna enjoyed volunteering for both Meals on Wheels and the Chambersburg Hospital.

By far, Donna’s greatest enjoyment, was found surrounded by family and friends. She enjoyed traveling, taking many photos and kept meticulous accounts of her life journey through photo albums and journaling in calendars.

Donna was beautiful on the outside, but her true beauty shined most when she was hosting a family gathering. Her generosity and love for her family was evident through her time spent on the holiday decorations, meals, and perfectly wrapped gifts for her family.

Donna’s life and memory will be celebrated during a private service, just as she requested.
Donna’s family would like to thank the staff at the Orrstown Personal Care Home for the love and care that they provided in the final years of Donna’s life.

The family requests that any flowers or donations be sent to the Orrstown Personal Care Home 3329 Orrstown Rd, Orrstown, PA 17244.

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    Spring Hill Cemetery
    114 North Morris St.
    shippensburg, PA 17257
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Donna Neidig

Posted at 11:22am
My prayers and thoughts are with the family. Enjoyed our “girls” get togethers and travels .

Brother Erik

Posted at 08:52am
To the friends and family of Mrs. Shoemaker,
We are truly sad for your loss. Our prayers and thoughts are frequent for those who suffer due to the anguish of losing a loved one. We all experience this loss but the Bible teaches that God shares your loss and your pain at Psalm 116:15.
The scriptures brought us comfort when we've lost loved ones and I hope it helps at this most difficult time. Because those who pass on are precious in Gods eyes, He's provided the scriptures to give comfort but also show us his plan for those who have entered rest. For comfort from the Bible please visit

Angie (Winters) Simmons

Posted at 05:44pm
Donna, I will never forget you or your wisdom when I asked. You, mom, Donna N and Martha will always be the Golden Girls to me. Thank you for always being wonderful to my family and being my moms true friend. I will always love you!

Patricia Winters

Posted at 04:37pm
Donna and I have been friends for 56 years. What great memories both sad and funny I still have. My sincerest condolences to her whole family.

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