Diane Elaine Doner

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Diane Elaine Doner

August 16, 1931 - September 11, 2018

Diane Elaine Doner Diane Elaine (Mound) Doner passed away following surgery on Sept. 11, 2018.
Diane was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Aug. 16, 1931. to Dwight Edwin and Florence Geraldine (Roberts) Mound. Her family moved a lot because her father worked within the sales division of Armstrong Cork, but she spent the longest periods of her childhood in New Orleans, La., around World War II and in the Webster Groves suburb of St. Louis, Mo., for most of her high school years. Upon graduation, she went to DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind., earning her Psychology degree in 1953. During that time, she developed an interest in anthropology, especially American Indian culture, and did her best to help ease hardships in those communities today.
After college, she traveled the country working for Procter & Gamble as a nutrition consultant. She saved most of her salary for three years and then went on a six month self-guided tour of Europe and places in the Middle East and Africa. She went to work for Ralston Purina in St. Louis when she returned. That's where she met and married the late Irvin Doner in 1958.
Diane and Irvin lived in Florissant, Mo., and Decatur, Ill., before they settled in Joplin, Mo., in 1974. For most of her married life, Diane was a homemaker and avid volunteer. She was an active member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, singing in the choir and serving in a semi-permanent position on the Evangelism Committee. She was also active in PEO Chapter GA until her death. She worked part-time jobs with the US Census Bureau, Nielsen Market Research, and Enterprise Rental Car after the children graduated from high school. Her passions included music, her faith, the St. Louis Cardinals, and her family.
Diane and Irv's five children survive them: Karl (and wife, Joan) in Joplin; Laura in Joplin; Kurt (and wife, Carole) in Lawrenceville, Ga.; Ken in Island Lake, Ill.; and Stuart (and wife, Susan) in Woodbridge, Va., along with eight grandchildren. Diane also leaves behind her sister, Barbara Hansen (and husband, Richard) in Sanibel, Fla., and beloved nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and her youngest sister, Marilyn B. Scott.
Funeral services for Mrs. Doner will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Joplin with Rev. Gregory Mech officiating. Burial will follow at Osborne Cemetery in Joplin. The family will receive friends for visitation from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday in the chapel of Thornhill-Dillon Mortuary.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Martin Luther Christian School in care of the mortuary.
Arrangements are under the personal care and direction of Thornhill-Dillon Mortuary, Joplin.
Published on September 16, 2018
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Doner Family
Sep 17, 2018
Thoughts and prayers for all of the Doner Family,
Karl, I am so sorry to hear the news.
Betty Barlett
bob and Jan Brown
Sep 16, 2018
we will miss our wonderful neighbor and friend. Our condolences to all you kids.