Donna M. Eby

Published 6:46 pm Tuesday, September 11, 2012

September 9, 2012

SUFFOLK — Until we meet again, our loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend, Donna May Eby, 81, passed away Sept. 9, 2012, at her home in Suffolk. Married for 57 years, she leaves behind her loving husband, Duane C. Eby. She was the daughter of the late George and Ruth Hoff and is also predeceased by a daughter, Mona Eby Driver.

Donna M. Eby

Born in California, she was a member of Bethlehem Christian Church and was the first woman moderator. She served the Deaconry Board and served as a past chairman. She was proud to serve in the Reserve Wave from 1950-1955 in Fresno, Calif. She served as the governor of Virginia for the Pilot Club and was active in several local Pilot Clubs. Mrs. Eby was also one of the founders for the Albert G. Horton Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery Wreath Society. But, most importantly, she was proud to be an American and loved to fly her flag. Donna enjoyed traveling with family and friends. Donna never met a stranger and was a wonderful friend to many people. She always made everyone feel special.

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Besides her husband, she is survived by her children, Greg Eby and wife, Barbara, of Newport News, Kimberly Jarvis and husband, David, of Suffolk, and Randy Eby, of Suffolk; grandchildren and special children, John Driver, Andrew Eby, Caroline Eby, Anna Harris, Christian Murray, Chris Jarvis, Holly Harmon, Taylor Lassiter, Brandon McQuay; and three great-grandchildren; and extended family, Wanda Boyce, Beth Doughty and Sandy Hurd; her best friend, Jeanne Banks; and her wonderful sisters in Christ.

A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012, at Bethlehem Christian Church by the Rev. Reggie Warren and the Rev. Norman March. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends in the R.W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home and Crematory on Wednesday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Condolences may be registered at Memorial donations may be made to the Bethlehem Christian Church Building Fund, 1549 Holland Road, Suffolk, VA 23434. or to the Alzheimer’s Association, 6350 Center Drive #102, Norfolk, VA 23502.

The family would like to give a special thanks to Donna’s caregivers; Shelby, Beth, Ebony, Cathy and Ryshen. We couldn’t have made it through this difficult time without their help. They also would like to give a special thanks to Dr. Kazemi.