VINTON: Donna J. Beggs, 87, of Brighton, MI and formerly of Vinton, died Tuesday, February 14, 2017 following an extended illness.
A Funeral Service will be held at 2 PM., Sunday, February 19, 2017 at Wesley United Methodist Church in Vinton with Rev. Dr. Sue Thomas officiating. Friends may register from 1 PM until service time. Private Committal Services will be held in Evergreen Cemetery in Vinton. Phillips Funeral Home – Vinton is in charge of arrangements.
Donna was born July 1, 1929 in Lebanon, IA to Earl and Esther (Bonar) Johnston. On May 14, 1950, she was united in marriage to Francis J. Beggs at the Methodist Chapel in Fairfield, IA. The couple eventually settled in Vinton, IA and owned and operated Benton Co. Title Company for more than 30 years. They spent their retirement at Cedarview in Vinton with winters in Arizona before moving to Meth-Wick Manor in Cedar Rapids. Francis preceded his wife in death on June 26, 2011. In 2016, Donna moved to Brighton, MI, to be near her son.
While living in Vinton, Donna was an active member of Wesley United Methodist Church and the Vinton Country Club. An accomplished artist, Donna enjoyed painting florals, portraits and outdoor scenes from nature. She was a collector of antiques, especially china and glassware and enjoyed music and singing. Donna was a great baker, known for her homemade rolls, tea rings and pies. Most importantly, Donna enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Donna is survived by her son, Bradley and wife, Allison of New Hudson, MI; her son-in-law, Charles (Chuck) Juhl of Sioux Falls, SD; her grandchildren, Elizabeth (Jason) Davis of Sioux Falls and Michelle (Daniel) McCann of Vinton; a brother, Paul Johnston, Lebanon; great-grandchildren, Ethan Davis and his newborn twin brothers Aidan and Declan.
In addition to her parents and husband, Donna was preceded in death by her daughter, Theresa Ann Juhl, an infant son, John Matthew Beggs and her sister, Esther Johnston.
A memorial fund has been established for the Lions Club Leader Dogs for the Blind and condolences may be left at: www.phillipsfuneralhomes.com.