- 70 years old
- Date of birth: Jan 17, 1943
- Date of passing: Jan 31, 2013
|Our Wonderful Mother, Whom We Loved Deeply|
Donna Jeanne Cole, 70, loving mother and grandmother, passed away peacefully at her home in San Antonio, Texas, on Thursday, January 31, 2013. She will be missed by her family and friends, all of whom loved her deeply.
Donna was born in New Castle, Pennsylvania, on January 17, 1943. For over 40 years, and at the time of her death, she was employed as a labor and delivery nurse for the United States Department of Defense. Much of her professional work was in military hospitals located around the world. Her most recent assignment was at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, where she worked as a postpartum nurse. She was a caring, attentive nurse who was beloved by her patients and their families. Her co-workers admired her spirit, and she blessed the lives of all whom she served.
Donna especially enjoyed traveling, primarily in Europe, and collecting unique antiques as she visited various countries.
Donna is survived by her two sons and their families: Steven Cole, his wife, Amy, and their daughter, Madison, 13, of Ridgeland, Mississippi, and Jarrett Cole, his wife, Sandi, and their son, one-month-old Christopher, of San Antonio, Texas, all of whom she adored.
She will be sorely missed, and we know that she is now living in complete peace with God.
If you wish to donate to a charity in the name of Mrs. Cole , you can support the American Heart Association by clicking here.
"You are now in a heavenly place and enjoying every moment....Fred and I are missing you terribly. Always thinking of you and loving you always."
So hard to believe you are celebrating another birthday...nearly four years in Heaven. Happy Birthday!!!"
I miss your smile, hearing the laughter in your voice, the touch of your hand, and the unconditional love you showered my brother and I with. But knowing that your seated at the right hand of our Heavenly Father with our brother Christopher gives me peace and comfort. Reading the sweet sentiment from your friends warms my heart. You were loved by all that knew you, and your passion to serve your children will be cherished in my heart for all of time. I miss you and I love you deeply. You are our guardian angle, and I am thankful for all the good you brought into my life!! We celebrate your birthday today, and we rejoice!"
"Happy Birthday Donna...we miss your bright smile and genuine laugh"
"Donna ,Fred and I miss you so much.Happy Birthday !!!Keep on smiling for we always cherished our together moments..... you always made us smile and laugh.Love you always!"
"Happy Birthday Donna! Love you!"
"I miss my Mother greatly, but I look forward to the day that we are reunited. I rejoice in knowing that she's with my brother, and they are watching over me and my family with our Heavenly Father. I love you more than words can describe! Happy Birthday Mom!!!!!"
"Happy Birthday!! I miss you every day!!"
"We went to high school with Donna, didn't really know what had happened to her since then. Thank you for posting this memorial of her life. Enjoyed reading all the great things said about her, most of all glad she was a Christian. We will see her again. Joe & Judy Harrison"
"Fred and I missed you a lot.You might not be here physically,but we know you are watching us from above.we loved you so much,my dearest friend!!!!"
"Thinking of you today Donna. Miss you."
"Happy birthday, my friend!!! I miss you everyday!"
"For years I did a random search every few months for my dear friend Donna with whom I lost touch. I found her here last week. I miss her as much in death as I did in life. My grief must pale beside that of Steven and Jarrett and their families. My thoughts are with you all . I will hold all my fond memories close. Love you Donna."
"Steven, I worked with your mom in Vicenza. She enjoyed travel and loved Germany. She always had a look of mischief in her eyes. She loved you and was so proud of all you have accomplished. She was also proud of Madison and was looking forward to spending more time with her when she left Europe to return to the US. Praying for your family!"
"Steven and Jared,
I had the privilege to work with your mother at LRMC. We had some very fun and memorable times working together and traveling to Poland. She was a wonderful person! She will be missed by all. My condolences to you both. God Bless."
"My heart breaks of this news. Ms Donna was one of my fellow night shifters at LRMC. 3 great years spent with her. We still use the furniture we bought from her all those years ago! Ms Donna leaves behind so many great memories and funny stories :-) The hilarious things she would say to patients is still talked about by many of us LRMC nurses. She will truly be missed! Love you Donna"
"I only knew Mrs. Cole for a short time. She was a fascinating person that improved the quality of life for so many others. Your mother's dedication to Nursing was a true blessing to all of us and she will be missed. My thoughts are with each of your during this difficult time."
"" Jarrett, sandra, baby Christopher and Family... we so sorry and we want you to know we are thinking of your family and what must be going through right now. Please accept our condolences.
"Steven & Jared: Please accept our sympathy for your loss and know you are in our thoughts. We lived next door to Donna in Germany for several years and she taught us much of what we know about antiques. She had a true zest for life and family and will be greatly missed. She was very proud of both her sons. - Kathy & Mike Hoefer"
"Fred and I met Donna May 2009 and we were very impressed how genuine a person she was.There was never a dull moment spent when we traveled together.Donna showed me a box full of family pictures ,shared me stories, spoke of her sons so very dearly that brought out beautiful smiles each time. Fred and I will surely miss her.Our thoughts and prayers to all the family."
"I worked with Donna in Itlay for three years. We spent many night shifts together and what I mostly remember from these nights is her talking about her sons. She had endless stories about her children. It made it clear as day how much she really loved and missed them. The news of her death make me very sad. May she rest in peace my thoughts and prayers are with you!"
"Mrs. Donna Cole was a caring, giving, fun-loving individual. Her patients adored her as she always made them feel as if they were the only patient on the Ward. I miss her loving, happy, zany,zest for life. I believe she is rocking a few babies in heaven...Prayers for your family through this time of loss."
"Blessings to your family at this time of your loss. I worked with Donna in Germany and memories of her still make me smile. She was a wonderful soul completely full of love. Prayers."
"I worked with Donna at LRMC, she was a wonderful woman full of life and a pleasure to work with. She will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with your family durning this difficult time."
"I worked with Donna at Landstuhl. She was such an inspiration! Such energy and passion! She will be missed."
"I had the honor and privilege of working with Donna at Landstuhl from 02-05. Donna was truly unforgettable! I have so many wonderful memories of her, she was part of my family. Donna, you willbe missed but never forgotten! My condolences to her family. She always spoke so highly of her boys!"
"Steven and Jarrett - your mother was a great person and was there for me when during good and bad times. I was a nurse with her in Germany and she would take care of all of us like we were her sons and daughters. She was a legend to all that worked with her there, providing care as only she could and touching us with her unique charm. I am proud to have known her and miss her. Take care!"
"Your mother was wonderful person to work with and was a compassionate nurse to her patients. I hade the pleasure to work with her and was a patient of hers in LRMC. She was a truly special person. You are in my thoughts and prayers."
"Steven and Jared,
I worked with Donna in Landstuhl Germany and lived down the street from her. She was a great friend to both my husband and I. She was an amazing nurse, but a very sprecial person. She had an incredible heart and was like a mom to many of the young soldiers. She spoke often of the two of you with love and pride. My condolenses to you."
"Steven, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May God give you a special peace and comfort in the knowledge that she is resting in His glorious love.
"Your mom was one of a kind! I can't express what a bright star she was to all of us at Landstuhl. Kind, wise, funny, and an incredibly hard worker. She was truly up for anything! It's hard to believe we won't see her again. I hope know how much we all loved her ease your hearts just a bit - you two fellas and your families were the most important things in her world!"
"Steven and Jared,
It was an honor and privilege to have worked along side your mom while at Landstuhl. I have fond memories of her and she will be deeply missed. May the stories you hear of how Donna lived her life as well as your own memories of your mother provide you peace and help comfort you. My thoughts and prayers go out to you."
"Steven and Jared,
I have known your Mother for 10 years...we worked together at Landstuhl. I have such fond memories of her and her love for life. We visited antique markets, had a fantastic trip to Poland by car and Berlin by train. Please know she spoke so highly of the two of you and your families! May her bright smile ease your pain. God Bless you."
"Steven and Jared,
What a wonderful site! I am so appreciative of the pictures especially. We were shocked and saddened to hear of our good friend, Donna's passing. We love her, in may respects, like my own Mother. I will never forget her and her zest for life. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families during this sad time! God bless you!"
"Steven, I am so sorry for the loss of your mother. Please know that you and your familiy are in my prayers. We are all here for you during this difficult time."
"Steven and Jared, I am truly saddened by the passing of my friend. We worked together and traveled together at Landsthul. She was planning to come visit me in Germany after she retired. I know how much I miss her, so I know your loss is great. I will go to all of the flea markets and antique stores and remember how much fun we had doing those things. Please let me know if I can help"
"Steven - I am so sorry for the loss of your mother. You, Amy and Madison are all in my thoughts and prayers. I never had the chance to meet your mother but from what I have heard she was a wonderful woman who cared deeply for all especially her family."
"We are taught in our young years that when we are born God has already map out our journey to our lives. We all have gifts to go along with our journey. When these things are complete we are promised to come back home and leave our legacy for others to remember us by....for the short while I knew you Mrs Cole I know God was please with you gifts that you gave the whole and the journey you have tra"
"Steven I am so sorry for your loss. No matter the age or circumstances,it's never easy to lose your mom or dad. I pray that you will be comforted by the faith we share, and the hope that you will see her again "in a land that knows no parting". May God bless you and your family."
I did not have the privilege of meeting your mother, but if she was anything like you, I missed an honor. Jerry and I are deeply sorry for your family's loss. Our prayers are with you and your family. May GOD comfort you in this time of sorrow."
"I am so sorry for your loss. My heart and prayers are with your family at this difficult time. Ms. Cole was such a friendly person. I only had the pleasure of working with her over the last year but enjoyed all of my encounters with her."
"Steven, John and I are so very sorry for the loss of your mother. I know how very deeply you loved her, and will miss her. By reading other tributes, I can tell that she was a wonderful, joyous woman who was extremely proud of you and your beautiful family. She is resting in peace now with God, but will always be with you."
"I worked with Mrs. Cole on night shifts at WHMC and at SAMMC. She was such a caring person. I especially admired her enthusiasm and energy in continuing to work through her years. She spoke highly of her overseas experience and her plans to visit many friends in Europe when she retires. I am deeply saddened about her passing. Please know my prayers are with you and your family."
""Mrs. Donna was a wonderful person, one who was kind and loving to everyone she knew. She adored her children and shared a very special bond with them. We were blessed to have been able to know her and have her as a part of our family. I am grateful to her for having raised an amazing son who is a wonderful husband to my sister Amy and father to my niece Madison. Our prayers are with you.""
"Sam and I continue to pray for you and your family during this sorrowful time in your life. I remember visiting with your mother, and she always sang your praises. I know what a special bond I have with my son; I know you had the same with your mother. She knew how very much you loved her. She will forever be grateful for your gentle soul and your selfless acts of kindness towards her."
"My Beloved Steven, I was deeply sadden when I heard of your mother's passing. When God takes something from your grasp, he is not punishing you, but merely opening your hands to receive His love. The will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protect you. You are loved and will always be in my thoughts and prayers."
"We love you like a brother Steven and our hearts break for your suffering. Just know that you have a loving family praying for you, and now a guardian angel in heaven watching over you. She is so very proud of her son!"
Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
"I met Donna when she first arrived to San Antonio to work at Wilford Hall Medical Center. She was a truly dynamic personality. Lots of love, energy, and caring. I am so thankful to have had the privlege to work with her. She spoke fondly of her sons and their love and concern for her. She will be missed by all."
"Far too young to be leaving us. I too was never honored with the privilge of meeting Mrs. Cole but I feel as though I knew her from the many experssions of Love from Steven about his Mom on so many occasions. It is a tribute to a life to be loved so deeply. To Steven, Amy and Madison all our love, our thoughts and our prayers go out to you."
I offer my deepest condolences to you and your family. I never had the pleasure of meeting your mother, but I understand she was a wonderful woman and I have heard you speak dearly of her. I have and will continue to pray for y'all during this time. The entire Grove Family extends their sympathy as well. God Bless."
"Mrs.Cole was a very special lady; a wonderful Mom, she loved Steven dearly, and was so proud of him.They had a close bond & he adored her.Mrs.Cole exuded an aura of strong, peaceful inner strength & principle, & she was also extremely sweet, soft spoken, humble & gracious.She'll be sorely missed.Steven & his family were fortunate to have been loved by her.Please pray for their loss & grief"
I did not have the opportunity to meet your mother, but I understood from the way you spoke of her that she was a kind and wonderful person who you loved dearly. I pray that God would comfort you during this difficult time and you are in my thoughts and prayers."
I know there are no words that can comfort you at this time, but through our Gods awesome Love, Grace and Mercy, I pray his precious spirit wraps around you and the family to bring you that comfort and peace only he can provide in knowing that she is with him, but her love will always be with you. Prayers & Blessings to you."
"It was a privilege to have known and worked with Mrs. Cole. She was a sweet, caring women who loved her job and her patients. She will be truly missed. My family and I will continue to pray for peace for your family through this difficult time."
"Steven, my prayers are with you and your family and i know you all will truely miss your mother. Her spirit is with you and she is in a lovely place. Just keep things going as she would want you to. Bless you!"
"Steven, I am grateful that I had the pleasure of meeting Mrs. Cole. She was a beautiful, fun loving lady that adored her sons. She always spoke very lovingly of you! I have been praying for the you and the Cole family since I heard of her death and will continue to do so. May God continue to bless you."
Words are so inadequate at a time like this. I can't think of a single word, phrase or sentence that will convey the depth of my sympathy. There's nothing I can do but pray that God continues to shower His Grace on you and your family."
"Steven, Amy. And Madison
I'm very sorry for your loss."
I am so proud to have had the opportunity to meet your mother and get to know her. She was an amazing woman and when we would talk about you her eyes would sparkle with pride. The bond between and a mother and her son is very special and will live on forever. She is now resting in peace with God but will always be there for you."
"l was only fortunate enough to meet Mrs. Cole briefly. But the measure of a mother can be found in the character of her children, and by that standard alone I can say she has done well by the world.
As a nurse, Mrs. Cole touched lives directly, but even now her good deeds will continue through the legacy of her children."
"Steven, I'm so happy I got the opportunity to meet your Mom. It was very obvious how proud she was of you and how much she loved you and your family. It was also very obvious how much you loved her. It showed just by the way you looked at her and spoke about her. What a blessing to have such a wonderful mother and for her such an amazing son. I'm here for you & your family. Love you"
"Steven and Jared
I only knew your mother for a short time (7 months at SAMMC) but she was a very live spirited lady. Always smiling and willing to help others.. She was proud of her family and her accomplishments numerous. She was so looking forward to retirement this month. God must need her for bigger plans. Peace be with you and your families ."
"I have only worked a few times with Ms Cole, but I certainly enjoyed her spirit and we talked a lot about Europe and all the places she liked there. I will miss her. My thoughts and prayers are with her family, who were her pride and joy. May the good memories about Donna give you comfort in this difficult time. ."
"Steven and Jared,
Your mother loved you both so dearly and spoke so highly of both of you every time I was with her. She was a joyous woman with an infectious laugh. She will be dearly missed. I will be praying for you and your families.
"My family and I are long-time friends of Steven, Amy and Madison. I never had the pleasure of meeting Mrs. Cole, but I've heard Steven speak of her many times. Steven was very proud of his mother, loved her dearly. and will miss her greatly. I have no doubt that Mrs. Cole loved Steven, and was extremely proud of him and his family. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the family."
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