Donna Mae Moats, age 87, longtime resident of Waverly, Iowa, died Monday, April 1, 2019, at Windsor Assisted Living in Nevada, Iowa.
Donna was born on July 6, 1931, in Belmond, Iowa, the daughter of Delbert and Alice (Goranson) Anderson. Alice passed away from pneumonia two weeks after Donna’s brother Harold was born. As a child Donna lived on a farm near Galt with her family. Donna was baptized at St. Olaf Lutheran Church in Belmond, Iowa on August 31, 1931 by Reverend Jerstad and in 1946 was confirmed at First Lutheran Church in Clarion. She graduated from Clarion High School in 1949 and then attended Junior College in Eagle Grove, Iowa, where she received her teaching certificate. Donna then taught at Lincoln #6 country school near Clarion, which was the same school she attended as a child. On August 3, 1951, she was united in marriage to Eldon L. Moats in the First Lutheran Church in Clarion by Reverend Smedsrud. After a short stint in Ames while Eldon attended Iowa State University, they made their home in Webster City, Iowa, where their first three children were born, Kathy, Gary, and Nancy. They then lived in Shell Rock, Iowa for a short time before moving to Waverly in 1957, where their last child, Troy, was born. Donna worked as a substitute teacher at Waverly-Shell Rock Schools. In 1967, she began working for Dr. Charles Kromer D.D.S. as the business manager in his dental office, retiring in 1990.
Donna was a longtime member at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Waverly where she belonged to Heist Circle and taught Sunday School. Over the years she had served the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts as a leader and assistant. Donna’s greatest enjoyment was her family, however, she also enjoyed playing bridge, cross stitching, and refinishing furniture.
Donna’s memory is honored by: four children, Kathy (Bill) Pepper of Pueblo, Colorado, Gary Moats of Chapula, Mexico, Nancy (Tony) Kash of Colo, Iowa, and Troy (Shelley) Moats of Louisville, Kentucky; five grandchildren, Todd Pepper, Kristine Kash, Emily Kash, Lily Moats and Hayden Moats. Donna was preceded in death by: her parents; husband, Eldon on July 2, 2006; and a brother, Harold Anderson.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 4, at Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Waverly where the family will greet friends from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. and also one hour prior to the funeral at the church. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, April 5, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Waverly with Pastor Patricia Shaw officiating. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery in Clarion. Memorials may be directed to St. Paul’s Radio Ministry or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital and online condolences may be left at www.kaisercorson.com. Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Waverly is assisting the family with arrangements 319-352-1187.