Dolores Loyola Donahue

Born in St. Louis, MO on November 27, 1933

Departed on May 12, 2012 and resided in Nashville, TN

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DONAHUE, Dolores- Age 78, Nashville, May 12, 2012. Dolores was born in St. Louis, MO, where she married Donald V. Donahue and they lived there until 1970. They moved to Columbia, MO and remained there until 1998. She worked for the MFA Credit Union and was Assistant to the President of Mizzou Credit Union from 1978 to 1998 when they moved to Nashville to be near her four grandchildren. She was an incredible grandmother and loved her grandchildren with all of her heart, and they cherished their "GrammaDee". Everyone she met loved her instantly; she was never without a smile. She spent many years scrapbooking and making homemade cards. In 2007 she started as a greeter at The Cracker Barrel on Charlotte Pike where she quickly gained the coveted "4 Star" status. She loved people and would often get cards from customers thanking her for saying or suggesting just the right gift. Preceded in death by her husband, Donald V. Donahue; sister, Carol Baker. Survived by children, Elaine M. Donahue, Beth Donahue-Weedman Robert and Don Donahue Laura Lyn; grandchildren, Donald "Baker", Cara Clare, John Brennan and Eliza Donahue; and brother, Robert Brady. She died at Alive Hospice on Saturday, May 12, 2012. The family requests in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Dolores's name to Alive Hospice, 1718 Patterson St., Nashville, TN 37203. The family wishes to thank all those who cared for her there in her final weeks, the doctors and nurses at Vanderbilt and an extra special Thank You to Dr. John Mulder. A memorial service will be at 4pm on Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at The Pavilion at Harpeth Hills Funeral Home, 9090 Hwy 100, Nashville, 615 646-9292

32 Comments to Dolores Loyola Donahue

  1. Fran Kirkpatrick
    May 14, 2012 12:00 am

    I will so miss her sweet spirit…had the privilege of spending time with Dolores on occasion with Don, Laura Lyn and their children. I just loved her. To Elaine, Beth, Don, spouses and grandkids, I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers:- Much Love, Fran

  2. David, Mary, & Justin Atkisson
    May 14, 2012 12:00 am

    Dee was such a dear sweet friend. We will miss having lunch with her when we traveled thru Nashville. Our heartfelt condolences to her children and grandchildren. Rest in peace dear friend.

  3. Debby Delmore
    May 14, 2012 12:00 am

    My thoughts and prayers are with her wonderful family. God Bless You All!

  4. Jerry / Jane Grisham
    May 14, 2012 12:00 am

    We will miss you Dee, we always called when pasting thru Nashville.
    Rest In Peace Sister – In – Law

    Jane Grisham

  5. Karen
    May 14, 2012 12:00 am

    My heart is broken. Precious. Precious. Precious.

  6. Brian Bradley
    May 14, 2012 12:00 am

    Sweet Dee. Lovely person, lovely Mom.

  7. Michelle Thomas
    May 14, 2012 12:00 am

    I fell in love with her instantly….sweetest little woman I had ever met. She treated me as though she had known me forever, so kind and soft spoken. It was as though she was stuffed with sunshine. She surely did make the world a little brighter. She will be missed dearly.

  8. Julie D'Angelo
    May 14, 2012 12:00 am

    My sincere condolences go out to the Donahue Family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Julie A. D’Angelo

  9. John Mulder
    May 14, 2012 12:00 am

    What a blessing to have known Dee, and to have shared moments of life with her and the Donahue family. May God continue to wrap his loving arms around all those who grieve the loss of this precious angel.

  10. Chris and Sabrina Cashwell
    May 15, 2012 12:00 am

    Chris and I would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the entire Donahue family, and especially to Don and Laura Lyn. Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers as you celebrate the life of Gramma Dee this week.

  11. Debbie Smith
    May 15, 2012 12:00 am

    My heart goes out to the Donahue family…so sorry for your loss. Dee was such a kind, loving woman who seemed to face the world with a smile and bless all who had the privilege of knowing her!

  12. Brenda Tolbert
    May 15, 2012 12:00 am

    My heart goes out to the family. Dee was speical..she was such a sweet, gentle and caring person. I send my condolences to the family.

  13. Jonathan Weedman
    May 15, 2012 12:00 am

    Dear Beth, Robert and Family –

    Ray and I send to you our deepest sympathy at this difficult time. Your mother sounded like a remarkable woman; full of love and fun and good wishes for all – just like you. I’m sure she is very proud of you and loved you very much. Jonathan and Ray

  14. Holly Watkins
    May 15, 2012 12:00 am

    To Beth, Robert, and family, Ms. Dee was and always will be one of my favorite clients.Her kindness and smile brightened our days and the world will be missing a special lady, while heaven is rejoicing to have her home. She will be loved and missed and my sincere condolences to you all.

  15. Hal James
    May 15, 2012 12:00 am

    I think of Dee often. She worked very hard for a very long time to keep me going in a straight line. I missed her after she moved. But thankful she was able to spend so much time with her family. My prayers go out to all of you.

  16. Tammy Wallin
    May 15, 2012 12:00 am

    I’ll always remember Dee with a smile on her face… just as she is now as she is embraced by her Savior!
    Praying for comfort as you grieve your loss…. she will certainly be missed!
    Love, Tammy

  17. dari dunathan cranford
    May 16, 2012 12:00 am

    Beth, Don, and Elaine,
    I have such very good memories of your Mom,and of hours and days spent with you all and with her. She was one of my very first examples of unconditional love and it is one that has affected me as a person since then! I know you will miss her deeply, which in itself is a tribute to her and how she loved you all. I am praying for you guys during this time and celebrating a life that touched so many other lives in such an impacting way, just because of how she chose to live. I am grateful to have been one of those lives! Love to you all!

  18. Janet Williams
    May 16, 2012 12:00 am

    What a sweetheart. I remember her loving the Cracker Barrel. When I had lunch with you folks at Beth and Robert’s lovely home, Dee could not stop bragging about the meal and the lovely flowers Beth had arranged. She loved her family, and all who knew her loved her. Hugs to all. Janet

  19. Kent Starwalt
    May 16, 2012 12:00 am

    Don, Condolences from the Starwalt family. It was so great to meet and get to know your mom during our Upward Basketball days. She was a wonderful woman. We will be praying for you and your family.
    Kent, Lisa and Logan

  20. Mary Ann Hanny
    May 16, 2012 12:00 am

    Worked with Dee at Mizzou Credit Union in Columbia and have cherished our friendship over the years. She was a wonderful person and will be missed by many.

  21. Kelly Fay
    May 16, 2012 12:00 am


    I am thinking of you and your Family during this trying time.

    Kelly Fay

  22. Joanna Greenlee
    May 17, 2012 12:00 am


    My heart hurt so deeply for you when I read the news. I wish I could be there to just sit with you right now. I love you dearly and will send your mom a prayer.

  23. Stacey Broadwater
    May 17, 2012 12:00 am

    Life seems a little less bright without Ms. Delores in it, she was a bright spot in my day. I will miss her dearly.

  24. Robert Weedman
    May 18, 2012 12:00 am

    Dee Donahue was the sweetest person’s I have ever known. I knew she was a very special person from the first day I met her. She welcomed me into the Donahue Family with open arms. She was always so nice, so caring and above all so giving to me.

    This year was very difficult for Dee. She was so vibrant, so independent and so on the go. But her body started giving out, and really slowed down fast. And frankly she was not very happy about it, but she did the best she could.

    Right now I am processing her passing. She was a part of Beth and I’s everyday life for the past 2 years. So it is very strange to think she is not longer with us. Her presence is still so strong. It is going to take a long time to say goodbye. I truly loved Dee and I am going to miss her. I am so grateful for all the times and memories we shared. She was the best Mother in Law I could have asked for. Rest in Peace Sweet Dee. Your Son-In Law – Robert

  25. Nancy Pelousky/Griggs
    May 18, 2012 12:00 am

    May God Bless the family at this time with a loss of a wonderful person. Growing up in the Shepard neighborhood being friends with Beth and remembering Mrs. Donahue as a very loving mother.

  26. Christy Heinz Moore
    May 19, 2012 12:00 am

    My sympathy and prayers to all of Dee’s family. I was her cousin and was the flower girl in her wedding so many years ago. At age six, I was so excited to be in the wedding and loved my blue poufy dress which I think was just like the bridesmaids. I wish I could have seen her when she was greeting people at Cracker Barrel! All the messages here really show that she was loved and cherished!

    Christy Heinz Moore
    Las Vegas, NV

  27. Bob Brady
    May 20, 2012 12:00 am

    God bless, Dee! She was a wonderful person and a great sister. She was always happy and upbeat when I talked to her. I will miss her a lot.


  28. Dora Smith Thackery
    May 21, 2012 12:00 am

    So sorry to hear this sad news. It was good to see her smiling face in the Columbia Tribune Obit page. That’s how I remember Dee as a member of the Columbia Chapter of Professional Secretaries International. Always smiling! She would have been a great greeter! She emailed me when the Chapter celebrated 65 yr anniversary and talked about the flooding of her home and everything she lost. She was in Columbia when we celebrated the 50th anniversary. The children and grandchildren are in our prayers.

  29. Teri Adkisson
    May 22, 2012 12:00 am

    Elaine – I’m so sorry to hear about your mother – sounds like she had a very wonderful and fulfilling life – My sympathy goes out to your and your family.

  30. Dot & Ray Gilliam
    May 22, 2012 12:00 am

    Words cannot express how saddened we were to learn of Dee’s passing. What a kind, caring, loving, wonderful woman she was. Her smile would light up an entire room. We are blessed to have many memories of good times we shared with Dee & Don. God be with all of you at this time.

  31. Sherry Neal
    May 22, 2012 12:00 am

    I was blessed to meet Dee because I’m a friend of her daughter Beth.
    I wish I had seen her more, she was a sweet & beautiful woman full of love & life! She left a lasting impression with me, I loved hearing the stories of the close special, loving relationship she had with her family. Her character & spirit will live on through you all, and will help carry you through this process of letting go of her physicaly. She will always be in your heart & mine.
    Peace & love be with you as you celebrate & honor her life.

  32. Connie Ruyle Abeln
    May 24, 2012 12:00 am


    I am so sorry I did not have the opportunity to meet Dolores. I was researching our family history, and only today connected the dots to find Dolores. She is my second cousin–her grandmother, Mary Dowd Stieferman Murray, is my grandmother Agnes Dowd Ruyle’s sister. Thank you for publishing the photo and the lovely obituary. She looks so much like my sister, Mary, and my aunts Agnes and Blanche! My Dad is gone, now, but every memorial day he used to have Mass said for her father, who was lost in WWII, and I do the same, now. I will include Dolores and her family in my prayers, too.

    Connie Ruyle Abeln