Donna Atwell


Donna Marie (Newell) Atwell, age 74, of Centerville, passed away Wednesday, March 2, 2022 at MercyOne Medical Center in Des Moines.

Donna was born on August 7, 1947 at Cooper County Hospital in Boonville, Missouri to Eva and Leslie (Frederick) Newell.  She graduated from Boonville High School.  On February 12, 1966, she was united in marriage to Robert Eugene Atwell of Centerville, Iowa.

Donna worked at McGraw Edison for a period of time and many years at Golden Age Care Center in Centerville.  She enjoyed many outdoor activities, squirrel and deer hunting, and fishing.  She loved to go for a ride around the lake looking for wildlife.  Donna also liked reading, puzzle books, and bowling-which she was very good at.  She truly loved her outside time, especially with her family when they would have BBQ’s or birthday parties.  Donna also had a strong love for the holidays.  Most importantly, she loved her family very much. They were her entire world.

Left to cherish Donna’s memory are her husband of 56 years, Robert Atwell of Centerville; daughter, Sonja (Randy) Strickler of Centerville; son, Jeff Atwell of Greentop, Missouri; a brother, Kevin Morrow of New Franklin, Missouri; four grandchildren, Tim Strickler (Shannon Ritter) of Centerville, Randi Marie Strickler of Centerville, Sarah Strickler (Michael TallChief) of Centerville, Amber (Aaron) Collis of Seymour, Lorenda (Joe) Roberts of Kirksville, Missouri, and Craig (Stephanie) Parsons of Kirksville, Missouri.

Donna was preceded in death by her biological father, Leslie Newell; her parents, Eva and William “Bill” Morrow-the only real father she ever knew; a sister, Carol Sue Burks; her brother, William “Billie” Morrow; her daughter-in-law, Nancy Kay Roberts Atwell; and two great grandchildren, Kaehlin Strickler and Oliver Strickler.

Cremation has been accorded.  Graveside services will be held at 10AM, Saturday, March 12, 2022 at Jerome Cemetery in Jerome, Iowa with Pastor Adam Standley officiating.  In lieu of flowers, memorials have been established to the American Heart Association, and may be mailed to Lange Funeral Home and Crematory, ATTN: Atwell family, 1900 South 18th Street, Centerville, Iowa 52544.  Condolences may be shared online at or on our funeral home Facebook page.

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