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Donna Elizabeth Morris Dunn
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  • First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
    P.O. Box 441
    Narrows, VA 24124

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“Donna made a major impact upon all the people she touched: students, faculty, staff, friends. She will be deeply missed. ”
1 of 25 | Posted by: Tod Burke - VA - Colleague

“Bobby - your mom was a wonderful asset to Radford University (I met her at at Quest) and my daughter Kelly absolutely loved her. We did not hear of...Read More »
2 of 25 | Posted by: Becky and Kelly Bennett - VA

“Not too long ago Scott told me he believed that he saw you and your mom in Christiansburg, but he did not realize it until you were gone! Then I saw...Read More »
3 of 25 | Posted by: Scott and Cindy Morris - VA

“Bobby and family. Donna was my long time childhood friend. We were in the same class and went to the same church. I know what a wonderful person...Read More »
4 of 25 | Posted by: Carolyn Williams - Narrows, VA

“So sad about Donna's passing. She was such a wonderful and caring person. I always enjoyed seeing her at advising conferences and having the chance...Read More »
5 of 25 | Posted by: Cindy Crawford

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6 of 25 | Posted by: Frances Watson - VA

“So sorry to hear about your loss. I am a distance cousin and my wife and I actually live in the house that your great-grand parents, Charlie and...Read More »
7 of 25 | Posted by: Tom Harner - Bland, VA

“I have lost a treasured colleague. I have worked with Donna for many years and always, always, looked forward to her routine visits to the RU office...Read More »
8 of 25 | Posted by: Eulah Stuart Price - Roanoke, VA

“Donna was a strong foundational staple for the College of Education and Human Development at RU, and was my go-to person for any tough advising or...Read More »
9 of 25 | Posted by: Kathryn Hoover - Radford, VA

“My heart goes out to Bobby and his family. Donna was a very nice lady. I met her through her son and helping keep her office temperature right for...Read More »
10 of 25 | Posted by: Jo Ann Alger - Radford, VA

“Donna's passing is incredibly difficult for her colleagues at RU to bear. First and foremost, this is because she was our friend: a woman without...Read More »
11 of 25 | Posted by: Steve Lerch - Radford, VA

“Bobby and family, I am so sorry to learn of the passing of your dear mother and my friend. Donna and I grew up together and were the best of buddies...Read More »
12 of 25 | Posted by: April Hare Yates - Richmond, VA

“Donna, It is hard to believe that you are gone. We were not just coworkers but best of friends. I will miss you so much, your smile and your hello...Read More »
13 of 25 | Posted by: Joyce Nester - Dublin, VA

“Donna will truly be missed. Thoughts are with you during this time of sorrow and loss. May you and your family find comfort in the memories and...Read More »
14 of 25 | Posted by: Jeanette Sarver - Dublin, VA

“As one of the newer Advsing Coordinators at RU and the only male on an all female staff- Donna reached out to me and made sure I was comfortable. She...Read More »
15 of 25 | Posted by: RMT - colleague

“Donna Dunn was the kindest person who whole heartedly cared about each and every student who walked through her doors. I am honored to have worked...Read More »
16 of 25 | Posted by: Dara Davis - Winchester, VA

“I had the honor of knowing Donna while going to Radford. She never failed to greet me with a smile! She offered me endless encouragement throughout...Read More »
17 of 25 | Posted by: Beth Sparks - Narrows

“Donna was a wonderful woman who made others feel wonderful. She was always so helpful, and yet made me feel as if I was helping her. She had a gift...Read More »
18 of 25 | Posted by: Leslie Daniel

“We will miss you Donna! Don't know how we will manage the students without your eagle eye, care, and guidance. ”
19 of 25 | Posted by: Jim Newman - Radford, VA

“Oh Bobby and April, I am so sorry. Bobby, Donna was always such a nice friend to be around. I admire the way she always supported you, April and...Read More »
20 of 25 | Posted by: Rae Lee Davis - Max Meadows, VA

“I was shocked and saddened by the news and extend my deepest sympathies to the family. I met Donna 20 years ago when I joined the RU family and had...Read More »
21 of 25 | Posted by: Kimberly C. Vest - Newbern, VA

“Donna was one of the go to people at Radford. She was frequently the answer to questions that no one really knew the answer to. I used it many times...Read More »
22 of 25 | Posted by: Kevin LoPresto - Colleague

“I met Donna at Radford University. I worked with her during registration. She became a friend over the years. Just last week I spoke with her at...Read More »
23 of 25 | Posted by: Joanie Wright - Pulaski, VA

“Donna Dunn was my mentor and my friend. I was blessed to have her be an integral part of my professional and personal life. As often happens, life...Read More »
24 of 25 | Posted by: Carolyn Kirby - Narrows, VA

“Ms. Dunn/Donna was my undergraduate advisor, then a colleague and most importantly a friend. She will be sorely missed by our department and at...Read More »
25 of 25 | Posted by: Michael Moore - Radford, VA

Donna Elizabeth Morris Dunn passed unexpectedly at her home in Max Meadows Virginia where she lived with her son and his family on May 24, 2015.

She was born on September 18th, 1947, and was the daughter of the late John William (Bill) and Elizabeth Richardson Morris. In addition to her mother and father, she was preceded in death by a sister, Sandra Kay Morris Bowles; and a brother-in-law, Jack Michael Bowles.

Donna was a graduate of Radford University in 1973 with her B.S., and 1990 with her M.S. both in Business Education, and where she also worked for 28 years as the Advising Coordinator, in the Center for Advising and Licensure, for the College of Education and Human Development where she touched endless lives and futures for students all around the Common Wealth and beyond. Donna will be remembered for her laugh, which was contagious, kind, caring, forgiving, and a loving heart. She was an "Absolute giant in the world of advising at RU" as one colleague described her. There are several close friends from her RU family that were just that family, and the RU community will truly miss Donna as a person, a mentor as well as an Advisor. She was a member of the National Academic Advising Association, Phi Delta Kappa, and Pi Omega Pi (Business Education Honor Society). She made several professional presentations just not at RU but at many national conferences around the country.

Away from RU, Donna was raised in Narrows Virginia, but called Max Meadows, VA home for the past eight months where she moved to after the passing of her mother. Donna was a beloved Mother to her son and daughter-in-law, a Grand Ma to her favorite grandson and the apple of her eye, as well as a best friend to them. She enjoyed sitting on the front porch looking out over the beautiful hills of Wythe County on the family farm, it is where she called home. Donna was very involved with her family and their American Saddlebred horse farm. Donna was a vital part of the operation and supporting it in every aspect. She loved her horses as much as anything, and was always ready to go whenever the trailer backed up to the barn whether it was to a show or a sale, especially if it was headed to Kentucky. She hadn't showed for several years but was always there by the rail or on the internet any time any of her family was in the show ring. Most of all she truly loved to watch her son and grandson show in-hand babies. The breeding aspect was her favorite part of the horses, and when spring rolled around and it was time to see the new babies get their legs under them she was right there with a huge smile on her face thinking what everyone in the Saddlebred industry thinks, and that is will this one be a World Champion. Anyone that had the opportunity to know Donna knew that she loved the babies. Though she hadn't raised a World Champion yet, she did raise a couple of Reserve World Champions. She was a member of the American Saddlebred Association, United State Equestrian Federation, and the American Hackney Horse Association.

Donna will be missed by her church family at The First Christian Church in Narrows which she supported in sprit and body. She had attended the church from a very young age when her father taught Sunday school, and she grew knowing the lord and believing in her faith. Donna also served in several positions in the church including treasurer and deaconess, among other positions whenever the need arose.

"Mom, I know that I was so fortunate to have you for a mom, where you were my rock, my best friend, my confident, but most of all you were what has helped me to become me, and for that I am forever grateful. With your sprit in my soul and your love in my heart I will try to continue to make you proud. I will miss you until we are reunited when I can lay my head in your arms and the tears will be of joy not sadness. I Love and Miss You!"

She is survived by her son Bobby Dunn and his wife April and their son Blake of Max Meadows; her ex-husband Leslie R. Dunn, who still to today considers Donna his best friend as she felt the same way; a niece, Pepper F. Crigger and her children, Emma and Sarah Lucas, Pepper's husband, Mike Crigger, and his son, Carson Crigger; another niece, Missy and John Biggs, and their children Lexi, Grayson, and Shelby; and Donna's special four legged friend Zoe Elizabeth.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 30th, 2015 at 1 PM at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ); 605 Memorial Boulevard in Narrows with Rev. Dennis Martin and Rev. Jim McDaniel officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery in Narrows. The family will receive friends at First Christian Church Friday from 6 to 8 PM. The family requests that those sending memorial contributions, please consider the Memorial Fund of First Christian Church; P.O. Box 441; Narrows, VA 24124.

The family is being served by Riffe's Funeral Service in Narrows, (540) 726-2442 and online at

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Fairview Cemetery

Riverside Avenue Narrows, VA 24124