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Donna J. Cleasby

November 25, 1928 June 14, 2019
Donna J. Cleasby
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Donna J. Cleasby, 90, died June 14, 2019 at the Northcrest Health Center, Ames, Iowa.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on June 22, 2019 at First Baptist Church, Ames with Rev. David Russell with lunch to follow. A private family burial of cremated remains will be in the Ames Municipal Cemetery.
Funeral arrangements under the direction of the Adams Funeral Home and online condolences may be left for the family at Memorials can be made to Northcrest Inc, 1801 20th St, Ames, IA 50010 where she received loving care in the Health Center.
Donna was born November 25, 1928 in Madison, Wisconsin, the daughter of Clifford Haugh and Hyla (Timmons) Haugh. She graduated from Madison West High School in 1946. She attended the University of Wisconsin and Layton School of Art in Milwaukee, WI. She met John L (Jack) Cleasby before moving to Milwaukee to study art and dress design in 1947. They continued their relationship while Donna continued her studies in Milwaukee. After Jack’s graduation in Civil Engineering at UW, they were married on Sept. 2, 1950 in Madison. They continued living in Madison while Jack did graduate studies and Donna was the primary support with her jobs, ending at Madison Gas & Electric Co. They moved to follow Jack’s employment opportunities, first to Gary, Indiana and later to Chicago where they lived in North Riverside, Illinois and she worked at International Harvester. In 1954, they moved to Ames, Iowa when Jack joined the ISU faculty.
Later, three children joined the family, Teresa in 1957, Richard in 1959 and Lynne in 1965. The family enjoyed many domestic travels, camping, water sports and winter sports together. Donna used her sewing skills from art school to craft many clothes for the children and herself. She and Jack loved to dance and exercised that love wherever the opportunity occurred.
Donna enjoyed classes at the Octagon, was an active member of First Baptist Church (Ames), involved in many church activities. After a year in England with her family (1975-76), she became active in Friends of Foreign Wives including service as president for two years. She became very active assisting a Laotian family sponsored by her church assisting with English, transportation and homemaking, becoming mom and grandma to the parents and 4 children of that family. She also assisted YSS in their “Children at Risk” program and with other volunteer activities. She enjoyed cooking and hosted many national and international students in her home. She and Jack did extensive international travelling, visiting 34 countries on five continents, some multiple times. Donna was a 50 year member of the Iowa State University Women’s Club. In the latter half of her life, she experienced a series of debilitating health problems, but she was an optimistic person and continued to persevere in spite of those difficulties.
Donna is survived by her husband of 68 years, son Rick (Kathy) Cleasby and daughter Lynne (Brian) Miller, and by 7 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her elder daughter Teresa (Teri Ochiltree in 2017) and her parents.

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11:00 AM 6/22/2019 11:00:00 AM - 11:45 AM 6/22/2019 11:45:00 AM
First Baptist Church

200 Lynn Avenue
Ames, IA 50014

First Baptist Church
200 Lynn Avenue Ames 50014 IA
United States

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