Donna Mitchell 1944-2015


Donna Mitchell, 70, of Owensboro, Ky., died Jan. 2, 2015, at Owensboro Health Regional Hospital after an extended battle with lung cancer.

She was born Feb. 13, 1944, in Lewisport, Ky., to the late Leymon and Lena Barbee Keown. Donna was also preceded in death by her twin brother, Donald Keown; sister, Helen Westerfield; and brothers, Truman, Charles and Jerry Keown.

Survivors include her husband, Jimmy Mitchell of Soldier; son, Michael Moshenek and his wife, Rebecca, and granddaughter, Katie Moshenek, all of Spartanburg, S.C.; sisters, Glendola Chafin of La Can­ada, Calif., Norma Ewan of Owensboro, Ky., Alberta McKinley of North Des Moines, Iowa, and Barbara Burdette of Louisville, Ky.; and brothers, Larry Keown of Gatesville, Texas, and Gary Keown of Henderson, Ky.

Donna led a life of variety, te­nacity and service to others. After being divorced as a young mother, she supported herself and her son while also completing her bache­lor’s degree in business. She worked for a number of years for Rockwell International on a variety of aerospace projects, but eventu­ally made a late-in-life career deci­sion to pursue nursing as an R.N.

After completing her nursing de­gree at the age of 50, Donna served as a travel nurse in locations as varied as Yale University and ur­ban Washington, D.C. Her favorite assignment was working at a hos­pital in Saudi Arabia belonging to the Saudi National Guard. This as­signment allowed her to travel the Middle East and southwest Asia.

Donna eventually became deeply committed to serving military members and veterans. She initially worked as a Department of the Army nurse at Tripler Army Medi­cal Center in Hawaii, but finished her career as a Veterans Admini­stration nurse in Tampa, Florida. It was this final assignment that ce­mented her desire to help veterans. At the time of her diagnosis, Donna had been working on a book that captured the life stories of veterans, but she was unable to complete this final effort due to her treatment.

Donna had always been a spiri­tual person but had moved closer to her original Baptist faith in recent years.

Services will be private, and she will be laid to rest in a family cemetery.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to the Wounded Warrior Project: wound­

Online condolences may be left for the family at glennfuneral­


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