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SAXTON, Donna Aug 28, 1934 - Apr 13, 2019, Traverse City – Michigan Obituaries

SAXTON, Donna Aug 28, 1934 – Apr 13, 2019

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CLIO [mdash] On the Wings of Faith, Hope and Love, Donna G. Saxton was joyfully ushered into heaven on Saturday, April 13, 2019.
From her earliest days as a young girl growing up near Kingsley, to her death, rebirth, resurrection and eternal embrace with Jesus and family and friends who walked beside her in their common Christian journey, Donna is remembered for being a faithful student of the Scripture who enthusiastically shared The Word.
She is fondly remembered, too, for being a kind and generous wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother, and friend of all who shared an optimistic view of life and the hereafter; for her spirit-defining smile and irrepressible laugh; for traveling with her sisters, children, in-laws and church ladies through Ann’s Adventures to enjoy faith-based concerts, old-fashion tent services and more; and for her unconquerable presence at the family bear camp in the Upper Peninsula, around the dinner table which always gave thanks in shared prayer, at family reunions, and, more often than not, while just sitting in her rocker/recliner chair in her living room with family and friends to share stories.
Her children remember when she would pull out the record player and play show tunes and how they all would sing along. Many days she would wake her children with song. There are memories of helping her wash dishes while she sang, “All day, all night Marianne, down by the seaside, sifting sand; even little children love Marianne, down by the seaside, sifting sand.” – Harry Belafonte.
There were precious days, too, when she would make canning fruits and vegetables a family affair. Donna would stand guard over the hot pots that were filled with scalding tomatoes and/or peaches, while her children would stand on stools over the sink peeling, coring and slicing the produce, all-the-while with juice dripping down their arms.
“She tried to make birthdays special,” said daughter, Jeanne. “You could choose your birthday cake, no matter how weird your selection might be. I was 6, and wanted a green cake with pink frosting and that’s what I got. When I was 16, she recreated that cake for my surprise birthday party.”
“After Dad went on home hospice with mom taking care of him, she would always sing `How d’ya like your eggs in the morning? I like mine with a kiss. Boiled or fried? I’m satisfied, as long as I get my kiss, as long as I get my kiss!’ – Dean Martin, and she would serve Dad his breakfast (eggs didn’t have to be included) and kiss him on his forehead (was required), said son, Stephen.”
Aged 84 years, Donna went home to be with her Lord while at Maple Woods Manor of Clio. Donna was born on Aug. 28, 1934 in Kingsley, to the late Edmund and Norma (Webster) Clous. She married John F. “Jack” Saxton on June 6, 1951, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Hannah. He preceded her in death on Feb. 24, 2016.
She was a member of Saints Charles and Helena Catholic Church, where she was involved in the prayer and praise worship groups. She was also a past member of the Angelic Red Hats.
Surviving are her children, Stephen Saxton and his wife, Susan, of Kingsley; Jeanne Barber and her husband, David, of Manistee; Kris Folcik and her husband, Gary, of Clio; Mark Saxton and his wife, Rita, of Grayling; and Joe Gillett, of Clio (who was shepherded into the family at a young age).
Also surviving are many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren; one brother, DuWayne “Duey” Clous and his wife, Kay, of Kalamazoo and Florida; two sisters, Barbara Shearer and her husband, Richard, of St. Augustine, Florida, and Monica DuPont, of Ponte Vedra, Florida; one sister-in-law, Vesta Sedlacek, of Kingsley; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and other loving family members and dear friends.
Besides her beloved husband, Jack, Donna was also preceded in death by her parents, and many brothers and sisters in the Lord.
Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Monday, April 22, 2019, at Saints Charles and Helena Catholic Church, 230 E. Vienna St., in Clio, with the Rev. Fr. Kenneth Coughlin officiating. Cremation will follow.
The family will receive visitors at the O’Guinn Family Funeral Home in Clio on Sunday from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m., and at the church on Monday from 10 a.m. until the time of service. A rosary will be prayed Sunday evening at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions in her name may be made to St. Luke’s N.E.W. Life Center of Flint.
Please visit www.oguinnfh.com to sign guestbook and share your thoughts and memories with family.

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