Donna Potter Marcum, 82, of Marietta, formerly of Reynoldsburg, Ohio, died peacefully in her home on Aug. 18, 2014.
Donna Joy Bennett was born at home, in Rardin, Ill., on Aug. 6, 1932, the fourth child and only daughter of Curtis Bryan Bennett and Bertha Marie Wilhelm Bennett.
Donna graduated from Charleston High School in Charleston, Ill., and attended Eastern Illinois University where she met and married the late Thomas Willoughby Potter.
She is survived by husband, Adam J. Marcum, formerly of Columbus, Ohio, whom she married in 1972; and her children, Mark (Tracy) Potter of West Jefferson, Ohio, Marcia (Bill) Potter Holschuh of Marietta, Janet Potter Powell of Marietta, and Scott (Jill) Potter of Worthington, Ohio; grandchildren, April (Pat) Deleon, Brooke Decker, Ashley Tucker, Carly Decker, Bryan Potter, Kristin Potter, Chase Potter, Scott (Nicole) Melin and Steve (Amanda) Powell; and great-grandchildren, Aidan, Bella and Allie Deleon, Madison and Hailey Powell and Ian and Beck Melin. Preceded in death by parents, Curtis and Bertha Bennett; brothers, Dean, Wayne, and Bob Bennett; and infant son, Tommy. Among countless others who loved Donna, are nieces and nephews whom she loved like her own children, and special "adopted" daughter, Diane Greene. Donna had a host of dear, lifelong friends who looked to her for advice, love and support, as well as laughter and joy. Friends said that she had a way of making each and every person feel as though they were the most important person she had ever known.
Donna worked at OSU College of Medicine for 23 years, and with husband Adam, was very active in church. During her time at East Livingston Baptist Church in Reynoldsburg, and First Baptist Church in Columbus, Donna wrote, produced and directed several children's plays such as God's Flower Patch and Children of Bethlehem, with musical composition and accompaniment by son, Mark. Friends and family often found themselves involved in various productions and musicals, as Donna had a way of persuading even the most reluctant to "shine".
Donna was a natural storyteller and touched countless people's hearts through her stories. She volunteered at Mt. Carmel's hospice program Evergreen Project, using interactive storytelling with children as they processed the death of a parent. Anyone who knew Donna, knew that children were always the center of her world, and she delighted in every child she met.
Moving from Reynoldsburg to Marietta in 2012 to be closer to her daughters, Donna gained a wonderful group of caregivers who adored her. Many thanks go to Amanda K., Amanda P., Angie, Jean, Kathleen, Kelly P., Kim, Tiffany H., Tiffany L., and especially to daughter, Jan Powell, who cared for her mother with tireless love and compassion.
A Memorial Service will be held at 3 p.m., Saturday, Sept 13, at East Livingston Baptist Church, Reynoldsburg, Ohio. Reception will follow. Donna's most favorite time of day in Marietta was when her special furry friends came to visit.
In lieu of flowers, friends are invited to make a donation in Donna's memory to the local humane society; Human Society of the Ohio Valley (HSOV), 1210 County House Lane, Marietta 45750.