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In Memoriam

Donna Maye Biddinger (1953 P. E. )

Donna Maye Biddinger, daughter of Oliver George (1908-1992) and Julia (Davis) (1909-1979) Biddinger, was born 18 August 1930, Ithaca, Gratiot County, Michigan.  Donna graduated from high school in 1948 and went on to earn her Bachelor's degree in Biology and Physical Education from Central Michigan College (now Central Michigan University) and later a Master's degree from University of Colorado.  She taught Girl's P.E. at Okemos High School in 1953-54.

Donna never married.  She retired after 35 years of teaching and returned to her county of birth, Gratiot County, where she died 6 June 2010.  Donna was interred near her parents in North Star Cemetery, North Star, Gratiot County.  Her tombstone is engraved; "Dedicated Teacher for 35 Years," "Psalm 100."

Lansing State Journal (Lansing, Michigan) Monday 7 June 2010



Donna Maye Biddinger, age 79, of St. Louis, MI died Sunday, June 6th, 2010 at her residence.

Funeral Services will be held at Smith Family Funeral Homes Ithaca Chapel Ithaca, on Wednesday, June 9, 2010 at 11:00 a.m.

Mr. Keith Wise will officiate and burial will take place at North Star Cemetery.  Visitation will be held on Monday 6-8 p.m. and Tuesday, June 8, 2010 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Smith Family Funeral Homes Ithaca Chapel.

Donna was born in Ithaca, Michigan on August 18, 1930, the daughter of Oliver George "Cub" and Julia (Davis) Biddinger, she graduated from Ithaca High School with the class of 1948 and CMU in 1952 and received her masters degree in education from the University of Colorado.

Donna was a Physical Education teacher in the Lansing School District for 35 years.  She loved cross stitching, basket weaving, needle point, gardening, and going to her cottage at Lake George.  Donna enjoyed traveling and one of her first trips was in 1955 when traveled to California, and she had also spent some time in Holland.  She moved back to Gratiot County after she retired and was a member of St. Louis church of Christ.

She is survived by her sister, Bernice Munson of Ithaca, MI; 1 brother, Richard and Faye Biddinger of Ithaca, MI; 1 niece, Brenda and Roger Miller of St. Johns, MI; 4 nephews, Bruce and Vicki Biddinger of Traverse City, MI, Brian and Terie Biddinger of Blanchard, MI, Michael and Brenda Munson of Howell, MI, Eric and Amy Munson of Browntown, MI; and several great-nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents; sister-in-law, Marie Biddinger; and brother-in-law, Marvin Munson.