Donna Mae Beck, age 90, passed away peacefully at Turning Brook in Alpena, MI Wednesday, March 13, 2019.
Born Donna Mae Dixon on April 10, 1928 in Buffalo, Minnesota to the late Julius and Mamie (Gilbert) Dixon, she married Stanley C. Beck on August 23rd, 1946. He preceded in her passing in 1992.
Donna (and Stanley) came to Alpena in 1949. She taught school for one year, and Donna & Stanley later owned and managed the Starlite Drive-in restaurant from 1955 – 1960, while also raising their family.
Donna was an active member and volunteer at the First Presbyterian Church of Alpena, and she was their Sunday School Teacher for 40 years. Donna was also involved with the Women’s Association, Church Women United, Friendship Room, Salvation Army Advisory Board, Habitat for Humanity, Turning Brook, and the Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel. Donna was awarded the Zonta Club Woman of the Year in 1991.
She is survived by her two sons, David (Kim) and Richard (Linda) Beck; three grandchildren, Michael (Libby), Jonathan (Kaitlyn), and Christie; two great grandchildren, Atlas and Levi; And two siblings Dean (Carol) Dixon and Meryl (Jack) Fish. There are two non-surviving siblings, Winton and Dale Dixon.
Donna enjoyed reading, playing cards, bird watching and gardening as well as family camping trips and vacations. She loved to express the beauty in the world by planting flowers every spring along the roadside of her homestead on US Hwy 23. Donna also loved to remember peoples’ special dates with her trademark balloon in every card.
Memorial visitation will be held at the First Presbyterian Church at 1600 W. Chisholm Street in Alpena on Saturday, March 30th, starting at 10:00 a.m. until the time of the memorial service at 12:00 noon with Rev. William Rayment officiating. Arrangements have been handled by the Bannan Funeral Home.
Flowers may be sent for Donna to the First Presbyterian Church Alpena or donations can be made to the “Recognition Plaque Fund”, at the church address above.
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First Presbyterian Church
1600 W. Chisholm Street, Alpena MI 49707