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Donna D. Exline

Lewis & Gillum Funeral Homes

28 Harding Avenue, Jackson, OH 45640

(p) 740-286-2010 (f) 740-286-5640

Donna D. Exline, age 88, of Wellston, Ohio completed her earthly work on September 17, 2023. Carried on the wings of a dove, she reached her heavenly reward. With confidence and great joy, she took the hand of Jesus and was led to the other shore where many loved ones waited to welcome her home. Born January 5, 1935, she was the daughter of the late Clyde C. Haines and Edna Bell (McNutt) Taylor and loving stepfather, Rev. Roy Taylor.

Donna was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Homer “June” Exline. They enjoyed life on their small farm with their four children, Regina G. Massey of Patriot, Ohio, Phillip L. (Karen) Exline, Jackson, Ohio, Paula J. Sims, Wellston, Ohio, and Sharon L. (Michael) Shoemaker, Thurman, Ohio all of whom survive her. Also surviving are her grandchildren: Jeremy Fulk, Glen Fisher, Misty Fulk, Scott Sims, Darrin (Brianna) Exline, Kelly Ireland, Bryan Sims, Kaci (Jacob) Cooke, Brittney (Solomon) Graves, and Briggs (Rachael) Shoemaker, great-grandchildren: Savannah Fulk, Jasmine Fulk, Lealah Fisher, Rogan Exline, Kaylie Fulk, Bodie Cooke, Bentley Massie, Connor Sims, Asa Cooke, Sofia Sims, and Jameson Graves. Also surviving are sisters-in-law, Mary Holman and Mildred Haines; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

In addition to her parents and spouse, she was preceded in death by her sister, Violet; her brother, Richard Haines; son-in-law, Michael Massey; and many brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, and special nieces and nephews. She loved them all dearly.

Donna graduated from New Marshfield High School where she actively participated in school musicals and plays. She worked at McBee Binder Co. right out of high school. She ran the Jackson Dry Cleaners and Laundromat at the shopping center in Jackson and sold Tupperware for many years, but her favorite job was being a mother and homemaker. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends, working in the garden, canning, making home-made butter, quilting, etc.

Donna was a faithful member of Victory Chapel Church in Jackson where she was a Sunday School Teacher and Song Leader. She was a devoted Christian and a prayer warrior. She was a member of Jackson Grange 1221 where she held numerous offices and loved helping with the dinners. She was a Jackson County 4-H Advisor for over 45 years and dedicated countless hours to children, teaching them to sew, cook, etc. Donna volunteered in many organizations-Ladies Aide, Jackson PTO, Marching Ironmen Band Booster, and the Friends of 4-H Fundraiser. She enjoyed peeling apples and helping Victory Grange prepare for the Apple Festival.

Her family invites you to join them in a celebration of her life at the Lewis & Gillum Funeral Home of Jackson. Visitation will be held on Monday, September 25, 2023, from 5-8pm. The funeral service will be conducted by Rev. Jim Stewart on Tuesday, September 26th, 2023, at 11:00am. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to


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