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Donna McDaniel Leon

Published: Wednesday, May 14, 2014 10:30 a.m. CDT

Donna McDaniel, 83, of Leon died May 6, 2014, at Iowa Methodist Medical Center.

Services were 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 10, at Kale Funeral Home, 301 S. Main St., Osceola. Elder Tom Meyer will officiate. Interment was in Maple Hill Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or Shriners Hospital. Online condolences may be left at www.kalefuneralhome.com.

Donna Lavaughn McDaniel, daughter of Mildred Clara (Simmons) and Clarence Andrew Stephenson, was born Oct. 27, 1930, in Osceola.

Donna attended Ward Center County School. She moving to LeRoy in seventh grade and graduated from LeRoy in 1949. She then attended beauty school in Long Beach, Calif., and Des Moines. Upon completion, Donna  was a licensed beautician in California and Iowa.

In later years, Donna cooked for years at Osceola Senior Center and maintained the rest areas in southern Iowa.

On Aug. 18, 1977, Donna married Carl Russell McDaniel in Miami, Okla.

Donna was a member of Ophir Chapter No. 157 Order of the Eastern Star in Osceola and Community of Christ Church in Osceola.

Donna is survived by her husband Carl Russell McDaniel of Leon; daughters, Shirley (Barry) Wright of Lucas and Connie Morris and Diana Hanks, both of Hemet, Calif.; sons, Dan Harrington of New Virginia, Kenny Duane (Wanda) Morris of Gonzales, La., and Randy Ruark of Madrid; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; sister Shirley Marker of Osceola; sisters-in-law, Marie Stephenson and Lois Stephenson; as well as other relatives and many friends.

Donna was preceded in death by her parents; granddaughter Cherie Nicole Morris; four brothers, two in infancy and Ronald Stephenson and Eldon Earl Stephenson; brothers-in-law, Donald Garner and Bill Marker; and stepson Kerry McDaniel.

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