Donna Mae Thornell
Donna Mae Thornell

CONVOY, Ohio — Donna Mae Thornell, wife and companion of Myron W. Thornell of Convoy, passed away on Thursday, May 8, 2014, at the home of their daughter and son-in-law at the age of 87. Donna and Myron served alongside each other in many capacities during their 67 years of marriage.

Donna was born to Cloyce and Elizabeth “Betty” Vance on Aug. 26, 1926, in Haviland, and lived in the Paulding area until after she married Myron on Jan. 4, 1947. They have since been long time residents of Convoy where they raised their two children, Shirley (Robert) Taylor of Cadillac, Michigan, and Randy (Trayce) Thornell of Van Wert.

One of Donna’s favorite pastimes was building memories with her friends and family, whether it be summers in Ohio or winters in Florida. She loved spending special times with her six grandchildren, Matt (Mary) Taylor, Michelle (Matt) Baum, Krista (Chadd) Dailey, Nicole (Josh) Cook, Barbara (Jeff) Ginn, and Jason Taylor; and 13 great-grandchildren, Jesse, Caitlin and Isaac Taylor; Javin, Kalen, Myia Etzler and Chloe Dailey; Bode and Michiele Baum; Olivia and Addison Ginn; Kasia, Kierra and Jada Cook. They were her pride and joy.


Donna was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, Wendall and Darryl Vance, and two sisters, Valera Riley and Dolores White.

Funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 13, 2014, at Grace Bible Church, 603 Airport Avenue, Van Wert, with Pastor Lance Hostetler officiating. Interment will be at the I.O.O.F. Cemetery near Convoy. Calling hours are Monday from 2 - 4 and 6 - 8 p.m. at Cowan & Son Funeral Home and one prior to services Tuesday at the church.