Elsie Juanita Donahue

Elsie Donahue

Our Dear Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother, Sister, Aunt and friend passed away peacefully, surrounded by love, at St. David’s South Medical Center in Austin on April 13, 2013 at the age of 86.

Nita was born in Minco, Oklahoma to Lee and Norma Lucile Bass Dobbs.  Her family moved to Houston in the mid 30’s where she graduated from San Jacinto High School.  She married Henry F. Donahue, February 25, 1944, at St. John’s Methodist Church and began to build their family.

She was a member of St. John’s Methodist Church and transferred her membership to Bellaire United Methodist Church when the family moved from the “East End” to Bellaire, Texas in the late 50’s.  She served as a member of the choir, Women’s Society of Christian Service and The Gibson Sunday School Class.  She also served in all three of her children’s PTA organizations.

Nita worked at Foleys in Sharpstown for many years and went to work for JC Penney Company District Office where she retired after 28 years as District Secretary.

After her retirement, Nita was a member of Methodist Hospital Women’s Auxiliary, and volunteered in the Methodist Hospital gift shop.  She was also a member of various organizations in Bellaire and loved to travel with her friends and play a good game of bingo.

Nita was preceded in death by her husband “Don”, son, Damon F. Donahue and sister, Jeanette Garrison. Nita is survived by her daughters Pam Vear of Bastrop and Karen Moore and husband John of Houston, daughter-in-law Margie Donahue of Cloudcroft, New Mexico, granddaughters Tracey Stafford and husband Glen of Pflugerville, Rebecca Gay and husband Austin of Conroe, Ellie Vear of Bastrop and great granddaughter Maddie Stafford of Pflugerville.

Additional survivors include her brother, Donald Dobbs and wife Myrl of Hilltop Lakes and sister, Phyllis O’Neal of Sugar Land and a number of nieces and nephews.

We wish to express our heartfelt thanks for the compassionate care given to our Mother and family during her transition while in intensive care unit at St. David’s South Medical Center, Austin, Texas.

Following in her Mother’s footsteps, Nita willed her body to Baylor College of Medicine.

A Memorial service, celebrating her life, is planned for June 22, 2013, 10:00 am, Bellaire United Methodist Church, 4417 Bellaire Blvd, Bellaire, Texas 77401, 713-666-2167.

Memorial contributions may be made to Bellaire United Methodist Church.