Donna Louise Waterson

October 2, 1936 ~ April 16, 2018 (age 81)


Donna L. Waterson, age 81, of Springfield died Monday, April 16, 2018 at Care Community.
Mrs. Waterson was born on October 2, 1936 in Albion to Russell F. and Louise (Lincoln) Adams. She was a life long resident of this area. In her youth, she worked at Dodge's Dime Store in Marshall and then as a secretary for Kellogg's Company.
On September 8, 1956, she married James Fredrick Waterson in Marshall. He preceded her in death on November 11, 2004.
Following her marriage, she put her career on hold to raise her family. She was a loving and devoted mother to her two son. As her children grew, she began a long working relationship with the Harper Creek School District. She served as a second-grade teacher's aide for many years and also worked in the lunch room. The students lovingly called her Grandma Waterson.
Donna and James were active members of the Gold Wing Touring Association. The couple traveled throughout the United States and Canada. They also enjoyed square dancing and belonged to Rock-n-Squares and Buckles and Bows dance clubs. The couple enjoyed camping and snowmobiling.
Donna enjoyed crocheting, yard sales, making cards and stamping. She served as a dispatcher for Emmett Rescue during the 1980's and did volunteer work with the Marian E. Burch Adult Day Care for many years.
She is survived by sons, Scott (Lee) Waterson of Presque Isle, Michigan and Jeff (Kit) Waterson of Athens; grandchildren, Tim (Heather) Waterson, Jayme (Chae) Waterson, Salinda (Jared Ambroso) Waterson, Ashley (Chris) Abbeg, Corey (Jaimee Hipkins) Jeffery, Darrin Zuck, Clayton Holt, James Holt, Kelley Holt, Rikki (Tony) Case; and 14 great grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by an infant brother, Jerry Russell Adams.
The family will receive friends on Friday from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM at the Kempf Family Funeral and Cremation Services, Marshall Chapel, 723 Old US 27 N., Marshall, Michigan 49068. A funeral service to celebrate the gift of her life will held 1:30 PM at the funeral home. Interment will follow in Floral Lawn Memorial Garden, Battle Creek at 3:30 PM.
Friends who wish may make memorial contributions to the Marian E. Burch Adult Day Care and Rehabilitation. Envelopes are available at the funeral home or may contact them at 1150 E. Michigan Ave, Battle Creek or [email protected]
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APR 20. 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM (EDT)

Marshall Chapel of Kempf Family Funeral and Cremation Services
723 US HWY 27 North
Marshall, MI, 49068

Celebration of Life

APR 20. 1:30 PM (EDT)

Marshall Chapel of Kempf Family Funeral and Cremation Services
723 US HWY 27 North
Marshall, MI, 49068


APR 20. 3:30 PM (EDT)

Floral Lawn Memorial Gardens
1490 E Michigan Ave
Battle Creek,, MI, 49014

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