Born on March 4, 1932, in Kansas City, Missouri, Donna was the beloved daughter of Ollie and Theodore Phelps. She began her lifelong journey of love and service when she married Jacob Arthur Broyles on April 28, 1951.
Donna wore many hats throughout her life, including devoted wife, loving mother, cherished grandmother, caring sister, dedicated farmer, compassionate caregiver, and treasured friend to all who had the privilege of knowing her. Her sense of purpose was deeply rooted in her desire to serve others and make a positive impact on her community.
Donna’s commitment to her faith was evident in her active involvement with her local churches. Alongside her husband Jacob, she played a significant role in starting bus ministries, and she had a particular passion for Vacation Bible School and helping people find their way to Jesus. Her love for children was boundless, and she poured her heart into nurturing and guiding them.
Donna’s adoration for her grandchildren knew no bounds, and she took immense pride in their accomplishments. Becoming a great-grandmother brought her immeasurable joy, and she eagerly shared stories of her growing family with anyone who would listen.
Despite her health challenges, Donna remained an active member of her home church, Harrah Assembly of God, until her declining health made it difficult for her to attend. Nevertheless, she continued to minister to and love people from the comfort of her home until her final moments.
Donna is survived by her siblings Leslie Phelps, Clarine Hoppes, Theodore Phelps, George Phelps; her three children, Kenneth Broyles (Cynthia), Patricia McGarity (Gene), and Ronald Broyles; her beloved grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and even a great-great-grandson. Her love extended far and wide, touching the lives of countless foster and respite children.
Details of memorial services and gatherings to honor Donna will be shared at a later time. We extend our deepest condolences to her family during this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with them as they navigate the profound loss of a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and friend.
With heartfelt sympathy and love,