Donna E. (Fugate) January, 80, of Girard, died at 9:43 a.m., Saturday, April 16, 2011, in the Sunset Manor Nursing Home in Frontenac, Kansas.
She was born July 16, 1930 at Independence, Kan., a daughter of Ogden and Amanda Evaline (Maloney) Fugate. She grew up in the Mound Valley and Cherryvale, Kan. areas.
She married James R. “Junior” January on November 24, 1946 in Parsons, Kan. He preceded her in death on October 14, 1974.
Donna was a homemaker and she and Junior lived in Parsons where Donna worked as a cook at Garfield Elementary School in Parsons and as a nurse aid in Pittsburg and Parsons.
She married Arthur Garcia and they lived in Shawnee, Kan. For 16 years before he preceded her in death on July 3, 2003.
She was affectionately known as Moo Mee by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Donna has two sets of grandchildren and two sets of great-grandchildren that are twins.
She enjoyed dancing, traveling, cooking, George Strait, and being with her family and friends.
She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Frontenac. She was a past member of the Parsons PTA, the United Methodist Women, and a Labette County Home Extension Unit.
She was preceded in death by a grandson, Cody Schroeder; a great-grandson, Jerrick January; a brother, James Crater, and a sister, Alvera Erskin.
Survivors are daughters, Winona (Kitten) Wilson of Frontenac and Carolyn Schroeder of Arma; her sons, Rick January and Stella of Sugar Hill, Ga., Skip January and Louise of Smithville, Mo., and Gwain (Monk) January and Karen of Columbus, Kan.; 16 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren; her sisters, Sarah Baird of Labette, Kan. and Helen Evans of Parsons; her faithful dog, Margarita.
Mass of Christian Burial was held at 9:30 a.m., Wednesday at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Girard with Fr. Lawrence Carney as Celebrant. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Parsons. The Rosary was at 7 p.m., Tuesday at the Smith-Carson-Wall Funeral Home in Girard where the family will receive friends following the Rosary.
Memorials are suggested to the Sunset Manor Activities Fund and these may be left at the church or the Smith-Carson-Wall Funeral Home, 518 W St. John, Box 258, Girard, 66743.
Condolences may be sent to www.wallfuneralservices.com