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Donna Dee Tarbutton

April 9, 2014

Maple Hill- Donna D. Tarbutton, 82, passed away Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at the St. Marys Manor.

She was born November 10, 1931 at Spivey, the daughter of Ross and Lota Pepper Vanlandingham.  Donna grew up in Spivey and graduated from Kingman High School in 1949.  She graduated from Wesley School of Nursing at Wichita in 1942.  Donna also attended Washburn University in Topeka.

Mrs. Tarbutton was a nurse at the Topeka V.A. Hospital in Topeka for several years. She then was a stay at home mother while her children were young.  Donna returned to the work force as a nurse at the St. Marys Manor and became the Director of Nursing.  She later was the Administrator retiring in the early 90’s.  Mrs. Tarbutton was a consultant for the Manor in Medical Records working until 2004.  She was a member of the Maple Hill Community Congregational Church and a 50 year member of the OES at Kingman.  She was a past member of the National and State Nurses Association.

On July 24, 1954 she was united in marriage to Joseph E. Tarbutton in Topeka.  He survives of the home.

Other survivors include a son, Joe Dee Tarbutton, Lawrence; two daughters, Vanessa (Jon) Paine and Kim (Randy) Wild, all of Maple Hill; a brother, Bill (Emma Lou) Vanlandingham, Kingman: a sister, Connie Vanlandingham, Kingman; 7 grandchildren, Becky (Barry) Sandstrom, Jonny (Jennifer) Paine, Kristy (Phil) Lewis, Shannon (Wade) Heim, Randy (Beth) Wild, Mandy (Michael) Hammersmith and Aimee (Brandon) Mosley; 7 great-grandchildren, Junne, James, Parker, Brigham, Tinley, Madison and Kenadee.

Funeral services will be at 10:30 A.M. Monday, April 14, 2014 at the Maple Hill Community Congregational Church.  Interment will be in the Maple Hill Cemetery.  Mrs. Tarbutton will lie in state and the family will receive friends from 4:00 until 6:00 P.M. Sunday, April 13, 2014 at the Church.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Maple Hill Community Congregational Church, St. Marys Manor Bus Fund or Grace Hospice and sent in care of Piper Funeral Home, 714 Maple St, St. Marys, Kansas 66536.  Online condolences may be sent to www.piperfuneralhome.com

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21 thoughts on “Donna Dee Tarbutton

  1. I want to express my sincere sympathy to Donna’s family, Joe, her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Donna certainly fought the good fight and ran the race—and won in the hearts of all those who knew her. She was the voice of calm in hundreds of crisis situations. Her laughter rings clear in the midst of practical jokes. I think those genes have been distributed very well. Donna was a hard worker, giving more than taking. Her love knew no depths and she shared it liberally with all those surrounding her—but especially with her family, who always came first. She is gone but will never be forgotten. Many blessings to you all. Nick Clark

  2. Kim-
    I am so sorry for your loss. As soon as I saw your mother’s name, I remembered her. She was a very kind and gentle soul. We wish we could be there for you, but we are many miles away. You are always in my thoughts. Take Care

  3. Vanessa and Family,
    I am so sorry to hear about your mom! She was such a very kind,sweet,giving person. She will be missed dearly!! Gene and I will keep you and your family in our prayers during this difficult time.
    Janet and Gene Foresman

  4. Vanessa and family, I am so sorry for your loss. May the love of Jesus always sustain you and yours, and may your memories be sweet.

  5. Please accept our deepest sympathy in your loss of Donna. She was such a lovely and caring lady. She will be missed. May she rest in peace.
    The Stum’s ~ Sis & Wilbur,Jr.

  6. Our prayers and sympathy go out to all of the Donna Tarbutton family. She was always a gracious lady, and she will be missed by so many people, not just her family. God bless you all.

  7. To the family of Donna Tarbutton
    May you each be comforted by knowing Donna was a blessing to this world.
    I first met Donna as a professional nurse in the years 1973 thru 1999.
    It was my experience to see, she served with leadership and compassion.
    Retired Health Facility Surveyor
    Kansas Dept. Health and environment

  8. My sympathy to the Tarbutton family. Donna was one of my first bosses when I worked as an aide at the St. Marys Manor. She helped inspire me to continue with my nursing career. I will always remember her as one of the first of many great nurses in my life.
    Karen Stockman

  9. I was sad to hear of Donna’s passing. I will forever remember her gentle smile and her patience. She was one of those people who was always so full of life and seemed “young” to me even though she was a parent to my friends and peers. She was also one of the most giving people I have known. She was always there to answer a question or a call when someone would reach out to her, which was often. My heart goes out to all her family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Brenda Stockman Selman

  10. Donna tarbutton and catherine devader died on the same day and were the same age.my mom died on her grandsons birthday rest in peace sweet lasts.we have a day to celebrate.their happy luv you guys

  11. I extend my deep sympathy to the family of Donna….She was a lovely lady & will be deeply missed ….God Bless Sincerely, Charlotte Kling

  12. Sorry for your loss. Donna was a friendly, wonderful person. My thoughts and prayers are with you. May God bless you.

  13. We extend our sympathy to all of the family. Donna was a very dear friend for many years and we remember her fondly. We had some good times together with Joe and her. May she rest in God’s loving arms for eternity.

    Sending our love and support
    Lyle and Melba Jo

  14. Donna was a very caring person and showed much compassion to others as a nurse. A wonderful lady. May she rest in peace.

  15. So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers to all the family
    Dan, Gerry Lou, Michaela, Shaina, and Brianna

  16. To all my “extended” Maple Hill Family:
    I am very sad to hear about such a sweet soul leaving this Earth. You are all in my thoughts and prayers right now. Grandma Donna, one that will be forever labeled as a “Super Fan,” is resting peacefully now. Love you all.

    Jill (Harris) Cantrell

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