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Donna Jo (Ernst) Godden was born February 18, 1951 in Sapulpa, Oklahoma to Orvel Louis Ernst and Joann (Magee) Ernst. She graduated from high school in Sherman, Texas.
Donna spent five years in England where she worked as a secretary and took some college classes before returning to Texas where she attended Christ For The Nations College. On April 14, 1984, Donna was united in marriage to Raymond LeRoy Godden in Dallas, Texas. Together they trucked over the road and spent 21 years in Tarkio, Missouri. Donna and Ray would minister to truck drivers over the road and even married family members.
Raymond passed away on April 28, 2016 and Donna soon returned home to Sherman, Texas. On Wednesday, May 8, 2019, Donna went home to the Lord whom she loved and served. She was preceded in death by her father, Orvel; two brothers, Terry Ernst and Randy Ernst.
Left to cherish her memory is her mother Joann Ernst of Sherman, TX; four children, Tracy Bowen of Texas, Patricia Fraser of Florida, Michael (Jennifer) Winston of Oregon and Tommy (Bonnie) Wilson of Missouri; step-children, Willie (friend Donna) Godden of Kellerton, Eric (Erikka) Godden of Creston, seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Bonnie Godden of Bedford; aunt, Kay Dye of Sapulpa, Oklahoma; other relatives and friends. Armstrong Funeral Home in Mount Ayr is in charge of the arrangements.
Graveside service were at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, May 18, 2019 at Maple Row Cemetery in Kellerton, Iowa.
Officiating was Pastor Bill Armstrong.
Burial was at the Maple Row Cemetery in Kellerton, Iowa.

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