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Donna K. Smith was born May 12, 1961 to Donald and Doris (Burgher) Hinton in Clarinda, IA. She passed away on December 23, 2018. She graduated high school in Lenox, IA in 1979. Continuing her education, she graduated from Iowa State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Distributive Studies, interning her fourth year at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines.
Following school, she then went to work for Mercy, where she met Ralph. The couple were married on October 26, 1985 in Creston, IA. Donna and Ralph moved to Lawton, OK, where all four of their children were born. Donna worked for Southwestern Medical Center in Lawton for 15 years.
In July of 2000 family brought them back to Iowa where Donna worked for a short time at Mercy Hospital in Cedar Rapids before transferring to the VA Hospital in Iowa City. She became the Microbiology Supervisor at the VA, later assuming the Medical Laboratory Manager position in February 2016.
Donna enjoyed being outside gardening and watching hummingbirds. Most of all, she loved her husband and children.
She is survived by her husband, Ralph of Walford; children, Dr. Justin D. Smith of Middletown, CT, Nicholas L. Smith of Iowa City, Michael J. Smith of Overland Park, KS and Amy K. Smith of West Des Moines; mother, Doris Hinton-Drake of Mount Ayr, IA; sibling, Dee (Jay) Norton of Lenox, Daryl (Cindy) Hinton of Postville, Debbie (Scott) Alley of Slater; family dog, Casey, and many more nieces, nephews, family and friends.
Donna was preceded in death by her father, Donald.
Services for Donna was held on Thursday, December 27, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at Ponderosa Hall in Walford, IA.
Officiating was Pastor Brody Tubaugh.
Casket bearers were Terry Smith, Joseph Smith, Luke Hinton, Chris Alley, Ryan Alley, Scott Alley, Kurt Jackson, Keith Jackson and Trey Jackson.
Donna’s final resting place is at St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Fairfax, IA.

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