Donna A. White
January 26, 1934 – September 8, 2015
Donna A. White, age 81, of Brewster, MA, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015.
Donna was born in Sharon, PA on Jan. 26, 1934 and was a daughter of the late Dr. William Applegate and Nell (Stillström) Applegate. When Donna was 12, she lost her mother and was raised by her father. Donna was a graduate of the prestigious Emma Willard School and later attended Wells College for Women. Donna moved back to her hometown where she began her teaching career and soon after, met her future husband, Rev. G. David White. The couple married in Sharon, PA in 1956.
Donna had two sons: George and Christopher. At the encouragement of her husband’s cousins, Frank and Carol White, Donna moved with her family to Cape Cod where her husband became the rector of the Church of the Holy Spirit in Orleans, MA. Donna worked for a number of years for Eastham travel before starting her own agency, Donna White Travel. Donna was also a member of the Rotary Club of Orleans.
Most recently, she resided with her daughter-in-law, Andie, and her grandchildren in West Grove, PA. Donna’s grandchildren were truly the light of her life.
Throughout her married life as the wife of an ordained clergy person, she remained an integral part of the parishes her husband served. Donna was a very thoughtful and considerate individual who constantly put others before herself. Quiet, yet strong and steadfast, she was a welcomed presence in the lives of her family and friends. She was an avid reader and world traveler. Above all, Donna was a loving wife, adoring mother, cherished grandmother, beloved aunt and dear friend to many.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, George Harris(David)White: son, Christopher W. White, Esq. and a brother, William Applegate. Donna is survived by her son, George H. “Howdy” White and his wife, Nadya, of Little Falls, NJ; daughter-in-law, Leandria “Andie” Hall of West Grove, PA. Grandchildren: Joshua H., Kayla E. and Andrew G. White, sister Judy Achre of Sharon, PA and FL; brother-in-law, Franklin White and his wife, Shirley, of Ludlow, MA; and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015, at the Church of the Holy Spirit, 204 Monument Road, Orleans, MA, with a reception to follow. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Donna’s name may be made to the Rector’s Discretionary Fund, c/o Church of the Holy Spirit, 204 Monument Road, Orleans, MA 02653.