Donna Hudson


Donna Jean Hudson, 91, of Ottumwa, died at 1:20 a.m. July 8, 2024 at Good Samaritan Society-Ottumwa.

She was born July 14, 1932 in Centerville to Donald and Julia Kuberski Wailes. Donna married Donald Hudson on March 1, 1949 and he preceded her in death on July 1, 2019.

Growing up in Centerville, Donna lived for a short time in Utah. Moving back to Centerville, she attended Moravia High School. A graduate of the Iowa School of Beauty, she owned and operated Donna’s Beauty Room for over 40 years.

Donna was a member of Davis Street Christian Church where she was quite involved. She and her husband enjoyed playing cards with their church friends and spending their winters in Texas. She liked to fish, spending time at the pond, camping and attending Bluegrass concerts.

Surviving is her daughter, Dianna (Rex) Davis of Moulton; a son, Craig (Karen) Hudson of Pella; grandchildren, Brian (Amanda) Davis, Cole Davis and Beth Davis, Kristi (Mark) Fopma, Kim (Brad) Hiemstra, Kelly (Jason) Rauch, 10 great-grandchildren, John, Kendall (Taylor), Mandalyn (David), Kyli, Elah, Vyncent, Hudson, Addyson, , Kelson, Klara; 2 great-great-grandchildren, Granger and Iva; a sister-in-law, Delores Schark and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, Donald Wailes; her mother and step-father, Julia and Bill Scott; her brothers, Bob Wailes and Billy Wailes; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Luvirn and Mary L. Vincent Hudson, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Dwain and Louise Hudson, Ronald and Jean Hudson, Dorothy and Leonard Schakel, and Richard Schark; nieces Carol Hudson Phillips and Donna Hudson Corbett; nephews, Stephen Hudson and Paul Prose.

Visitation is open at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 10th at Reece Funeral Home with the family present to greet friends from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday. A prayer service will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday with Rev. Dr. Terry Wise officiating.

Private graveside services and burial will be held at Shaul Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Davis Street Christian Church.

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