Donna Mae EgbertDonna Mae (Peterson) Egbert of Devils Lake, ND, age 65, went home to heaven to meet her Savior on March 18, 2012, following a 6-month battle with cancer.
Donna Mae Egbert
Donna Mae (Peterson) Egbert of Devils Lake, ND, age 65, went home to heaven to meet her Savior on March 18, 2012, following a 6-month battle with cancer.
Donna was born on July 19, 1946, in Devils Lake, ND. She was raised near Warwick, ND, with her three siblings. She graduated from New Rockford High School in 1964, and then attended a 1-year secretarial program at the former Lake Region Junior College.
Donna married David Egbert in 1969 at First Lutheran Church in New Rockford, and the couple honeymooned in Yellowstone National Park. They raised their two children, Darin and Diane, in Devils Lake, and opened their home to their children's friends through the years.
Donna was employed by the Federal Land Bank for 10 years before leaving to raise her two children. She also worked part-time for accountant Allen Martin and Nordic Fiberglass. For more than a decade, Donna also served in an administrative role at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Devils Lake, where she contributed in countless ways to the life of the church and its members. In recent years, she owned her own cleaning business, and quickly endeared herself to clients throughout town. Donna was a member of Peace Lutheran Church in Devils Lake, and active in the Women of Peace group.
Donna lovingly sewed blankets, burp rags and baby doll clothes for her granddaughters, knit bandages for overseas relief efforts, and made many quilts through the years. Donna also loved to garden; make lefse, bars and other delicacies; and play games or visit the park with her granddaughters, age 3 and 4. Donna had a quiet voice but a quick wit. Through the years, she wrote countless cards of thanks or encouragement, was quick to extend food and support to family and friends, and participated in several Christian women's groups.
In the past several years, Donna and Dave traveled to places including Alaska and Mexico, among others, but her favorite destinations were Moorhead and Minneapolis, to visit her granddaughters and their families. Donna was blessed with a loving family and many close friends, especially "the gang" from Devils Lake, who celebrated life's little and big moments and traveled with Donna and Dave. They, along with loved ones far and wide, and many dedicated health care professionals, offered incredible support, love, and many prayers during her months of chemotherapy.
Donna was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend and more, but mostly a good and faithful servant of Christ. Donna chose to donate her body to the University of North Dakota medical school, but her soul now resides in heaven. She will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.
She is survived by her husband, Dave; son Darin, daughter-in-law Andrea (Andi), and granddaughter Morgan Grace, of Minneapolis; daughter Diane (Egbert) Pennington, son-in-law John, and granddaughter Elsa Lane, of Moorhead, MN; brother Larry Peterson and his wife Lois Steer, of Minneapolis; sister Darlene Peterson, of New Rockford, ND; sister LaVonne (Peterson) Fingerson and husband Brian, of Louisville, KY; brother-in-law Vern Egbert, of Fargo, ND; nephew Jacob Fingerson and his wife Autumn, of Beale Air Force Base, CA; and nephew Peter Fingerson and his wife Aubrey, of Louisville, KY. Donna was preceded in death by her parents, Lyle and Helen Peterson, of New Rockford, ND; and grandson Joshua Malcolm Pennington.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the American Cancer Society.
The memorial service will be held at 11 am on Saturday, March 24, at Peace Lutheran Church in Devils Lake. Pastors (and family friends) Jerry Carlson and Gary VanHunnik will preside. A meal will be served following the service.